"Man of Conviction" as written by and Robert Pope Ryan Pope....
God bless here's a man of conviction
With evidence enough to convict him so he stands by the
Side of the victim has strength enough to forgive him

Hopefully nobody saw him hopefully nobody saw him
The means justified by the ending sinner and saint for defending
The bastard by him that is bleeding throws salt in the wounds of the needy the blood from the
Cut that is seething he gasps for the air we are breathing

Hopefully nobody saw him, hopefully nobody saw him
The means justified by the ending, sinner and saint for defending
Our hero is gone
God bless here's a man of conviction
With evidence enough to convict him so he stands by the
Side of the victim has strength enough to forgive him
The bastard by him that is bleeding, throws salt in the wounds of the needy the blood from
The cut that is seething, the gasps for the air we are breathing

Hopefully nobody saw him, hopefully nobody saw him
The means justified by the ending sinner and saint for defending


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"Man of Conviction" as written by Robert Pope Matthew Patrick Pryor

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    General Commentnothing?
    this song seems very personal, like someone the band knew personally was an innocent victim.. any other thoughts?
    BrandNewJerseyon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is probably my favorite on The Get Up Kid's latest album Guilt Show. However, I am having trouble understanding the true meaning of this song. It definitly needs more input from people who listen to the album/song. This whole album seems to be about government and history which is pretty cool in my mind. Like the quote from this song "Needs to be justified by the ending " can be going against Machiavelli's reasonings in The Prince, where the means don't have to justify the ending. Interesting.
    Wishful Thinkeron May 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIs it possible to clean up these lyrics a bit? They are kinda off in accuracy.
    Wishful Thinkeron May 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaving relistened to the song a few times i think it could also be political like the rest of the album.
    BrandNewJerseyon June 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definately about Bush and how he went to war on a lie (God blessed is a man of conviction, where theres evidence enough to convict him) its sayin his able to keep saying he did something for the right cause even though everyone knows it was wrong. "He's a sinner or saint for defending" is about invading Iraq may have been a good thing in that it got rid of Saddam or wotever, but he went on a lie.
    Please feel free to correct me.
    beergoggles69on October 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are definitely off, should be



    God bless here's a man of conviction
    With evidence enough to convict him
    so he stands by the side of the victim
    has strength enough to forgive him

    and it isn't "needs to be justified by the ending," it's "The means justified by the ending"
    TehSenseion February 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of this song is simple. Its direct purpose is to emphasize the subjetivity of good and evil and further explain that we are all men and women of conviction, it just depends on the discretion of others. One of the most important lines that was miswritten is "He's a sinner AND saint for defending" Obviously if we are all sinners and saints there is need need for a the hero archetype. This song is the first step on an album that is completely representative of the mystics journey.
    liploanon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah.
    it should be "means justified by the ending"

    My favorite TGUK song under two minutes.
    :]
    Holdyr.ashtraytighton October 13, 2007   Link

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