A mass of hands press on the market window
Ghosts of progress
Dressed in slow death
Feeding on hunger
And glaring through the promise
Upon the food that rots slowly in the aisle
A mass of nameless at the oasis
That hides the graves beneath the masters hill
Buried for drinking
The rivers water
While shackled to the line
At the empty well

This is the new sound
Just like the old sound
Just like the noose wound
Over the new ground

Listen to the fascist sing
Take hope here
War is elsewhere
You were chosen
This is god's land
Soon well be free
Of blot and mixture
Seeds planted by our
Forefathers hand

A mass of promises
Begin to rupture
Like the pockets
Of the new world kings
Like swollen stomachs
In Appalachia
Like the priests that fuck you
As they whisper holy things
A mass of tears have transformed to stones now
Sharpened on suffering
Woven into slings
Hope lies in the rubble of this rich fortress
Taking today what tomorrow never brings

This is the new sound
Just like the old sound
Just like the noose wound
Over new ground

Aint it funny how the factorys doors close
Round the time that the school doors close
Round the time that the doors of the jail cells
Open up to greet you like the reaper
Aint it funny how the factorys doors close
Round the time that the school doors close
Round the time that a hundred thousand jail cells
Open up to greet you like the reaper

This is the new sound
Just like the old sound
Just like the noose wound
Over the new ground

Like ashes in the fall


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  • +4
    General CommentDefinately one of my favourite Rage songs.

    I think this song is about economic globalization, the wave of free market reforms that were implemented since the 1980's all over the world.
    The chorus, "this is the new sound, just like the old sound", fits perfectly, for free market reforms were the return to the pre-WWII laissez-faire policies that left terribly high levels of social inequality, injustice, and political and economic power in the hands of a small corporate elite.

    "Aint it funny how the factorys doors close
    Round the time that the school doors close
    Round the time that the doors of the jail cells
    Open up to greet you like the reaper"
    Clearly this part refers to free-market policies in the west and the closing of factories to move production to sweatshops in the third world. Outsourcing, reduction of education funding, and the criminalization of poverty.

    This song is about poverty, unemployment and social inequality increasing thanks to economic policies that are made only for the benefit of the rich multinational corporations. This is about how the promises they've made about a new era of prosperity were broken.
    Outernationaliston September 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentzack doesn't hate white people, he is a band with a white person!
    evanchesteron March 08, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThanks for the acknowledgement, lyndonhamer. The album just freaks me out. There's plenty of anger and bitterness in the other two, but this just seems apocalyptic. Ashes In The Fall, to me, is the pinnacle of said sensation. The 1984 (Orwell's book, truly nightmarish stuff) references only make matters worse. Zach's style of writing is more abstract and imagery-based on TBOLA, though still full of contempt for injustice and capitalist madness, though I've also had some thoughts on the whole major label hypocrisy issue. So, that's why this album really feels so unsettling lyrically (but also the music has a very disturbing quality, if you ask me) I think Zach was in some sort of way "predicting" most of the things that were about to happen in the next few wears. I bought this in 2003 and the world was already fucked up in the whole Bush-Conservative-Oil company cesspool. The winning point of it is that Zach's words, like I said, are somewhat less straightforward, they've become (sadly) truly timeless, still full of power.
    Marquezon August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite Rage song ever. The metaphors and imagry Zack uses are exremely powerful. Just some more analyzing:

    "Like swollen stomachs
    In Appalachia"
    Applachia being the poorest area of the United States, located in the general area of the mountains in name. Trust me, I've been there... if you've ever wondered where cars from thirty years ago and old school busses go to die, its in the front yards of Appalachia.

    "Like the priests that fuck you
    As they whisper holy things"
    This is probably supposed to just mean mislead or at worst betray, this song was written before the whole widespread accusations of Catholic priests for molesting members of their parishes. Makes it more poingent after all that though.

    "A mass of tears have transformed to stones now
    Sharpened on suffering
    Woven into slings
    Hope lies in the rubble of this rich fortress
    Taking today what tomorrow never brings "
    This is pretty straightforward, and probably my favorite part of the song. Just saying that the pain and suffering have caused a revolution.




    Targeteron April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you are sad about RATM's split and need a replacement item to challenge your worldview, pick up a copy of 'Adbusters' magazine. I highly recommend it. It is the only magazine that makes me think and the only one for which I have a subscription. No matter what you believe you will enjoy it.
    droutkaston June 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the new sound
    Just like the old sound
    Just like the noose wound
    Over the new ground

    In other words, history WILL repeat itself just as droutkast said. This war with Iraq just might be the breaking point, it's coming, just know when it is.

    We ned to realize that we really can't just sit here and be bossed around, we HAVE TO STAND UP! We can't let down or they have won. They want us to lie down, and take the punches, because they need the money. Money is our enemy, not Iraq, and as soon as the American people realize this, it will have already have been too late.
    tommanon March 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a perfect example of the beauty I find in Rage songs. You can interpret them in nearly infinate ways. This song is the most flexible, in my opinion.
    Pirate1019on March 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"Ain't it funny how the factory's doors close
    Round the time that the school doors close
    Round the time that the doors of the jail cells
    Open up to greet you like the reaper"

    Outernationalist nailed the interpretation of this verse.

    Zack was heavily into the Zapatista movement and the problems within the Mexican education system. US corporations opened Maquiladoras, or factories, in Mexico, in order to take advantage of the devalued Mexican peso. Within 10 years, the US corporations closed the factories and moved to Asia, leaving the Mexican laborers nothing, no pension and no severance.

    Mexico's educational infrastructure is highly dysfunctional. Education is a privilege, not a right. The govt provides free schooling until the 6th grade. From 7th grade until completion, the family pays for textbooks. Children of poor families are mostly likely to drop out.

    The corruption of Mexico's justice system has reached it's breaking point. Their prisons are revolving doors. The Poor and marginalized - most waiting to be tried, remain indefinitely incarcerated.

    Although, most prominent in Mexico and third world countries, these issues (on some level) are happening everywhere govt and corporations put profits ahead of people.
    truthaddicon November 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdroutkast, you really like to hear yourself talk dont you...
    StupidPunkRockeron October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkingdom/dictatorship/facism/civil war
    As far as i know, America went from

    Monarchy|Kingdom
    Dictatorship - Facism
    Civil War
    MountainJewon March 04, 2003   Link

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