"Cannon" as written by and Matt Mahaffey....
cannon - are you unnecessary noise?
cannon - firing on all of your toys
cannon - thinks we're the same, but we are
cannon - destiny's towing your car
when fire meets powder, you take your cover
i fly over and when fire drowns water, it spreads it farther out of my hands
asking advice from all the clowns
cannon - take your frustration to the ground
cannon - they wait in the wings for you to fall
cannon - can't you make dust of them all
when fire meets powder, you run for cover
i fly under and when fire drowns water, don't even bother
out of my hands
in some untimely way, the world asks us to leave
suddenly, we're afraid
no longer can we stay
the thread of life was strung to each and everyone
i knew it all along
your call to arms was wrong
cannon - are you unwanted noise?
loose cannon - remember all those you destroy
when fire meets powder, the strongest cower, half heart, underhand
when fire drowns water, its spreads it farther out of my hands


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    General CommentWhoo Hoo! This is my favorite song by Self. This is the song that drew alot of attention to Self. The only problem tho: was that people heard the song lots of times, but never really knew who it was by. You may have heard a popular guitar & drum solo featured on commercial break outings for the long ago MTV show, "Popular Videos by Choice" (around '97). I bought Subliminal Plastic Motives immediately when I found out who did this song. When you hear this song...think Nirvana mixed with Radish.
    Findawayon May 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think the "cannon" referred to in this song is a metaphor for a person. Maybe it's a song about someone who is unaware of their own power (hence, a cannon) or has trouble controlling their temper ("when fire meets powder" may be when the person gets angry and turns into a loose cannon). Maybe the person writing the song is trying to tell this "cannon" that they're a burden by being "unessesary noise".
    LaniLuv49on June 06, 2015   Link

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