"The Abolition Of Man" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
Wake up everyone! It's not too late
To save the remnants of our hearts,
So stop giving up our last shot at love,
Our only chance to find the meaning of
The beat beneath the blood

We laugh at honor and are shocked to
Find knives in our backs
We follow those who cheat and steal
Men without chests are making a comeback
Our only compass smashed under our own heels
Reason abandoned to appetites and addicts arms
Shotguns and silence have always been the best of charms

Wake up everyone! it's not too late
To save the remnants of our hearts
So stop giving up our last shot at love
Our only chance to find the meaning of
The beat beneath the blood

We laugh at honor and are shocked to
Find knives in our backs
We champion those who cheat and steal
Men without chests are making a comeback
Our only compass smashed under our own heels, under our iron will

The abolition of man is within the reach of science
But are we so far gone that we'll try it?


Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by as.I.fall.up

"The Abolition of Man" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentThe lyrics as posted match that of the Cd's inlet. That said, randomconvogirl definitely has the correct lyrics, for anyone who has ever actually heard the song. I'm not sure why that is, I have seen similar mistakes in a Sum41 Cd inlet. Perhaps it was original how the song was intended to be sung.

    Now as to how it sounds: This song, along with Paper Tigers, has allowed me to seperate Thrice's genre from that of any other band. It takes the vocals to a level that has been described as "barking". The most extreme cases of this occur in the lines "we laugh at honor and are shocked when we find knives in our backs" and simply "look in my eyes". It is not screamo, and yet it is beyond yelling. Simply put, no other band has sucessfully recreated that kind of sound, so for me this song is poster example of how unique Thrice can be.
    Paper Tigerson December 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanyone who wants to know what this song's about, read CS Lewis' essay "Abolition of Man"(you can google it to read free online)--it's a bit wordy, especially the first chapters--but once you get through it, it begins to make sense. I personally don't like how Lewis took a neutral stance, but it's still a solid truth behind the view on subjectivity/objectivity and the need for it... without God, one could not know anything, as Christ said "I am the way, the truth, and the light"---if it weren't for truth, you wouldn't know error---if it weren't for light, you wouldn't know darkness... God Bless
    droptozroon June 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is based on an essay by C.S. Lewis (That Hideous Strength, The Narnia Chronicales) who happens to be one of Dustin's favorite authors. The essay is basically a drawn out look at "Man's conquest over nature" and the essay basically describes the exact opposite happening instead
    DaVincion April 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfor the 2nd one, the verse is actually:

    we laugh at honor and are shocked when
    we find knives in our backs
    we follow those who cheat and steal
    look in my eyes
    you won't find your way back
    our only compass smashed under our own heels
    under our iron will
    randomconvogirlon May 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDaVinci is right. C.S. Lewis was a brilliant author and Dustin knows it. He has at least three songs with lyrics taken directly taken from Lewis.
    Sepulchraveon May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyay for thrice
    WouldItBeYouon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea this is about how man is so indulged in being the best and only concerned about the things that better themselves. they do watever it takes to make their lives easier or better " we follow those who cheat and steal." their saying that most men have lost good will and don't know wat direction they should go in anymore because they don't want to know "our only compass smashed under our own heels, under our iron will "
    everythingevilon June 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love Thrice's lyrics. They are so potent and powerful, and this song is one of the best. Love the C.S. Lewis references too -- as DaVinci said, this song is based on one of Lewis' books. The song name "(That) Hideous Strength" is from the title of another one of his books.

    we laugh at honor and are shocked to
    find knives in our backs

    Fantastic lyrics..
    Cherub Rockon September 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHey guys, good posts.
    the knife in the back thing is a reference to Caesar. Julius C. laughed at honor and payed the price for it. So will we, if our society gives up objective morality, and starts actually believing in utillitarianism, which says that men create their own morality for their own use. i.e., we create a compass for the next society to follow. "look in my eyes, you won't find your way back": this refers to the nature of a person without any objective groundwork or foundation. you get lost in them, they are not coherent themselves, there is no unifying aspect of their nature, they are empty. Lewis calls them "MEN WITHOUT CHESTS". he says the head rules the belly through the chest, and when you take away the chest (objective morality) the head starts to get controlled by the belly. things get bad.

    natural law is written on our hearts. god made mother nature, and he made her with natural laws written on the hearts of human beings. such is the nature of objective morality, that appears in all the religions and moral systems of the world. But man rejects tradition and tries his own thing. For instance, we reject traditional views of sex and invent condoms and all sorts of birth control, and start to teach the next generation in public schools that the traditional view of sex is not objective, and we tell them what we feel is a better view of sex, that you can have it as a teenager as long as you "never work without your gloves." thus, science creates a way for one society to govern the behavior of the next, using technology (birth control and abortion, genetic programming, etc.) to achieve this end.
    eternalstokeon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt proves how awesome writer dustin is, I completely agree with eternalstroke.
    lunacy_fringeon January 14, 2005   Link

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