"Marches And Maneuvers" as written by and Geoffrey/keeley Rickly....
This is a war we live
And the sides are drawn, sides are drawn
And we're all wrapped up in fatigues
And they wear us out, wear us out
There is a storm at sea

If we fly a white flag under a black and blue sky
Will the red sun rise?
(The taste of your kerosene lips burn me up)
If we fly a white flag under a black and blue sky
Will the red sun rise?
(The glare from your enemy sights make me go blind)

Blinds divide the sunlight into thin strips
The size of a blade
In this trench that we dig for ourselves
Fourscore and fade
Glare with the enemy heat of the bodies in bed
There's no retreat

This is a war we live in
We're up in arms, up in arms
With our heads pressed against the wall
And it's wearing thin, wearing thin
These are the screams
(We swallow)

If we fly a white flag under a black and blue sky
Will the red sun rise?
(The taste of your kerosene lips burn me up)
If we fly a white flag under a black and blue sky
Will the red sun rise?
(The glare from your enemy sights make me go blind)

This is a war
Administer the pill
(Keep fighting)
Before the cell divides
(Keep marching)
We'll both go down like toy soldiers
(This is a war)

Threats and picket line are formings around our beds
And the landmines in our chests will all go off in time
If we trip each other into this
Do you think we'll find a way out?
We've synthesized a compound to retreat this conscience,

One part loss
One part no sleep
One part the gun shot we heard
One part the screams mistaken for laughter
One part everything after
One part love
One part stepping out of the driving rain
One part parting way in the cold apartment
Don't look back
Just keep running down the stairs

Do you hear the footsteps?
Can you hear the voices in the traffic?
Communiques in the attic?
They say, after time, all this will heal
We will rebuild
And these broken arms will
(Mend themselves in our embrace)

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"Marches and Maneuvers" as written by Robert Keeley Geoffrey Rickly

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    General CommentI think this song is comparing a relationship with war, which is pretty much the theme of the whole album.
    SolidSteakon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti like the "one part" lyrics
    FiFroxmySOXon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"there is a storm at sea.
    if we fly a white flag,
    under a black and blue sky,
    will the red sun rise? "

    referance to pearl harbor maybe? the red sun was a popular japanise flag and a the black could be from the anti-air cluster bombs.
    i4cpainon April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview in which Geoff said this song was about a disagreement he had with his girlfriend over their differing views on abortion and how it ruined their relationship. This really makes a lot of sense, especially the line,

    "administer the pill before the cell divides"

    and just the fact that Geoff said it himself, though I don't remember who the interviewer was.
    SickandTiredon April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSome of my favorite lyrics ever are the "One part loss, one part no sleep..." lyrics. Really, truly talented, lyrically.
    prayingmantis84on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song best represents the mantality of the album : The war that we are all fighting.

    In For the workforce drowning: The fight to live the way you want, and not being a slave to the work force

    Between rapture and Rupture : The fight to save the fallen ones around us from there own demise

    This album in my eyes, is a concept of the struggles we all go through, and how they shape us as individuals
    Division st. : The fight for equality, and how "Lights out" would mean no identity

    Signals over the air : The fight for gender equality, and acceptance of all actions
    tommanon April 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI enjoy the part where he screams : "The tastes of your kerosene lips burn me up."

    Also this is about how Geoff and his girlfriend dealt with an abortion or so I read.
    Dominickon April 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is speaking out against abortion, "we've synthesized a compound to treat this conscience, it's:

    one part loss,
    one part no sleep, ..."
    abortion is effective but it also causes all of the things listed in the "one part" lyrics.
    InsanityIsBlisson May 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song rocks... it really reminds me of that same hardness and darkness of jet black new year, but a totally different song... i read an interview that geoff had with some magazine and he said that this song was basically about everything, from the relationships people have with each other to his relationships with people

    it sounds like there is a lot of shit in there so all of that abortion stuff could be one of the things that happend in his life... this song is real deep though
    jsweeon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song and album is about how a man must fight to live at peace, its about how everything we do, and every relationship is based on conflict
    imgointothebeachon July 01, 2004   Link

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