"The Three Shadows" as written by and Kevin Haskins Daniel Ash....
o gentlemen
swallow your prayers
because the wind makes a mockery of men
your soul becomes a fish
you swim in idle waters and drink other fishes piss
your soul feeds on fish
on piss, puss and men
who in turn, become as you have become,
a fish
no, not even that, but a symbol of a fish
hooked by the baby flesh of maggots
a ripple of life in tin
this tin could become your world too
so choose between this and water
choose between tin and piss
do you still feel thirsty now
are you thirsty now
are you thirsty now
do you still feel
thirsty
thirsty now


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    General Comment"o gentlemen
    swallow your prayers
    because the wind makes a mockery of men"

    Read my views on Three Shadows Part I/II.
    They hold pretty much here. It's about the
    futility of prayer when the gentlemen preaching
    are anything but saintly.

    "your soul becomes a fish
    you swim in idle waters and drink other fishes piss"

    Referring to to those who become too consumed in
    Christian values; the symbol of Christianity besides
    the cross, is a fish. Idle waters refer to the
    conservative bore that a strict religious existence
    can end up leading to, and drinking other fishes
    piss is a purposely vulgar jab at the unpleasantness
    of this existence; and is referring to the way in
    which strictly religious people communicate in such
    an artificially refined manner; but in reality,
    it's just all piss, yet they drink it up anyway.

    "your soul feeds on fish
    on piss, puss and men"

    Piss, is the empty conservation I mention
    earlier, Fish refers to the how many religious
    people are also very business orientated, or
    just plain corrupt and feed on other religious
    people's values to get where they are, puss
    refers to the traditional values I mentioned in
    the Part I/II article, and "men" refers to people
    not of that religion, that get used and abused
    in other ways.

    "who in turn, become as you have become,
    a fish
    no, not even that, but a symbol of a fish"

    This is what really clued me into this being
    about christiniaty.

    If this is what I think it means - it's kind of
    a beautiful way of putting it. To the fundamental,
    nothing can be worthwhile "On it's own" - this isn't
    a cup of coffee, it's GOD's cup of coffee. They aren't
    even a fish - they're GOD'S fish and God's fish is just
    a symbol for the religion.

    "hooked by the baby flesh of maggots"

    Refering to the "baby" used earlier no doubt; the
    "Baby Jesus" used to reel people into religion, when
    in reality the version they're using of Jesus is a
    skewed, Maggoty version

    "a ripple of life in tin
    this tin could become your world too"

    Like the way sardines are squished up together and
    sold in a tin. The sheer restriction of trying to
    push so many people to have the same set of values.

    "so choose between this and water
    choose between tin and piss"

    The false dichotomies often present by the
    religious "Do this or burn in hell".

    Though since both the tin and the piss were
    used as the same thing, I think it's perhaps
    using that false dichotomy as a kind of
    metaphor for all the other false dichotomies
    and general lack of freedom you have when you
    do "Sign up".

    I really get the feeling there's something very
    clever here, and I an't quite put my finger on it.

    "do you still feel thirsty now
    are you thirsty now
    are you thirsty now"

    Do you still want to suck up all this nonsense
    even after realising what it really means, etc.

    "do you still feel
    thirsty
    thirsty now"

    I like how this sounds in the song. It's very cool. Feeds off
    Three Shadows I/II very well.
    Roseweaveon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow.you've spent a long time thinking on this. perhaps the 'three' shadows refers to the father the son and the holy ghost.
    Wauhauson July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHOLY.
    SHIT.
    Willboeon August 13, 2010   Link

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