"Pulmonary Archery" as written by and Dallas/ingelevics Green....
Let's go!
It's never too late to be early
Or try and maintain
Some scrap of integrity and certainty
I guess.

(My fingers)
Won't apologize
(Are blistered and bleeding)
And 1977
Was a long time
(Was a long time)
Time ago
(Time ago)
I don't care.

I don't care how things
Were and I won't
Apologize.
I won't apologize.
Fuck you.

And the Alamo penetrated
And there is little hope
For the white man so
Hop on your rainbow
And ride

(My fingers)
So I'll ride it into
(Are blistered and bleeding)
And ride into oblivion
For all I care
(There's no longer)
You could be early
(Discomfort)
Or late
(That you brought)
Whatever!


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"Pulmonary Archery" as written by Wade Macneil Dallas Green

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    General Commenti actually love the video.
    massaaron May 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI REALLY dont think this song is about sex. I think its about the punk movement, and how its dead. And it was a long long time ago. Its how people ruined it and they wont apologize. Great song though, Dallas is amazing. St. Catharines PRIDE!! :D
    newkickson February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really like your idea and how you have interpreted the song. As for the las set of lyrics, maybe George means all whites will be blamed for racists crimes (even if they're not part of them) and they should find a place where they won't be judged for this.

    Alexis rules as does this song
    River Wolfon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentY'know. I never looked at it this way. Ediger may be right on this one (though i doubt the same for Waterwings, which is clearly about divorce). To me, this is what it sounds like: He was late for history class and the teacher insisted he apologizes. This makes him angry. He sits down and writes an angry song about not caring about this shit that doesnt matter. Then he starts trailing off with the whole Alamo thing (wasnt there a war where the Mexicans beat the Americans involving the Alamo or something like that? I dont know anything about American history). He jsut starts having fun and moves onto the artsy part about the rainbow. If you've ever written lyrics, you should know that sometimes you make no connection, but it just sounds great, so you keep it.
    PointingAndLaughingon December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was thinking.. just extending on the school idea..
    I think it has a double meaning.
    Hes in history class, and getting the whole "You have to say sorry to the african americans" thing, even though he didnt do anything wrong.. it wasnt his mistake, hence he feels that he shouldnt have to apologise..
    And then, at the same time he's going through somthing with a girl where he's copping the blame but he didnt do anything wrong.. If he'd just say sorry it'd be okay, except he has dignity and wont allow himself to say sorry for somthing he didnt do.
    I was thinkin that maybe the rainbow is a reference to drug induced hallucinations? Maybe trying to say "You're out of your fuckin mind if you think im going to say sorry"..

    The alamo being penatrated... reference to history class again, but also... the alamo was a church where mexicans besieged american rebels who were trying to make texas independant of mexico.... so the white man would be him, an 'american rebel' because he WILL NOT apologise and is trying to separate himself from this lie... so now she's (the love interest, symbolised by the mexican force) is going to infiltrate and take what he is defending. hence, there 'is little hope for the white man'

    I dunno.. just a few thoughts.

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    kenkon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with big D. after listening to crisis, i looked up the meaning for that song because i heard them saying ONE NINE SEVEN SEVEN, which is the same year as in this song and it was about the huge blizzard in niagra. that def has to be the true meaning. but i really realy like ediger's interpretation of the whole album. it makes a lot of sense and its a cool idea.
    martasaurousrexon February 27, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationAlright. I love this song and want to give my interpretation. I believe this song is a reference to the death of the old punk scene. At the beginning, I believe, they are talking about how their record company may want them to resort back to how punk was. The more socially "acceptable" standard for punk. "Or try to maintain some scrap of integrity and certainty" is basically them saying if they went along with the norms of old punk their lives wouldn't be as stressful and musically more stable if that makes sense(record label hasseling them or what not). 1977, self explanatory, they " won't apologize" cause essecially AOF is a leading band in the "Screamo" front and therefore have greatly influenced and basically ensured this genres survival; probably not to the liking of some record companies. They don't care for the past only the future of their amazing style of music. The alamo has been penatrated... i think this is them saying the pointless "punk" music of the past has been replaced and there's no hope for those who wont accept this new meaningful genre of music (the white man, figure of the stereotypical arogant man of the past). The last part is basically saying so come along for the ride and join the band in what record companies would probably refer to as oblivion or musical suicide cause society seems to hate screamo music. At the end, they are basically saying converters to this new style of music could be early or late... it wont affect their style.The overall theme is essencially, past music genres, namely punk and it's inability to mix with new genres. They are still gonna play there amazing and unique style of music. Love AOF!
    RegretsXon July 31, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI feel the "racism" angle is a decent interpretation.

    "Let's go!
    It's never too late to be early
    Or try and maintain
    Some scrap of integrity and certainty
    I guess."
    --Society making great strides at equality, never too late for that...cool I guess?

    "(My fingers)
    Won't apologize
    (Are blistered and bleeding)
    And 1977
    Was a long time
    (Was a long time)
    Time ago
    (Time ago)
    I don't care.
    I don't care how things
    Were and I won't
    Apologize.
    I won't apologize.
    Fuck you."
    -- The part about his fingers I feel is about how slaves had to pick cotton and do all that manual labor, well it's not as if he doesnt have to work for himself he gets his hands dirty. 1977 I feel is just a time in the past where society was still working on equal rights little by little, but that was a long time ago and society is much further a long, and I sure as hell won't apologize for the past I wasn't a part of. And stop shoving it down white peoples throats that black people were once slaves in the past, fuck you for trying to make me feel bad for it.

    "And the Alamo penetrated
    And there is little hope
    For the white man so
    Hop on your rainbow
    And ride

    (My fingers)
    So I'll ride it into
    (Are blistered and bleeding)
    And ride into oblivion
    For all I care
    (There's no longer)
    You could be early
    (Discomfort)
    Or late
    (That you brought)
    Whatever!"

    The alamo penetrated or the shit is hitting the fan with all the PC fanatics flipping out over the littlest thing. No hope for the white man because we are all the devil right, we all enslaved the black man(sarcasm). (To the PC people and society and general) so hop on your rainbow and ride it to your fantasy land where everything is perfect. And i guess I'll be forced to ride it with you but to me its oblivion(or to him just bullshit)..... Ugh whatever Idgaf

    If this is the case dont misconstrue this with him being a racist, quite the opposite in fact.
    That's my interpretation :)
    Great song whatever it means :D
    DatLyricson July 10, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song has so much emotion it makes you want to throw your computer through a window. If you haven't seen the video to this song, get it now.
    TheDeclineon April 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthere is a video?
    sweet
    indecentbon April 11, 2003   Link

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