For too long cast aside, stripped of dignity, opportunity
Countless sleepless days in underestimation
But under these anxious, darkening leaves
No word goes unheard
And no deed is without compensation
When the workers come to collect their wages
Now the straw men are swaying in the distance
The have-nots calling in the listless wind
Whispering for retribution
Waiting for some voice to call them
From the bottom where you left them
So onward friends from our battered homes
Forward to the onrush of cast stones, crushed bones
And the gallows


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    General Commenteasy...its about standing up for yourself even inthe face of certain persacution or death
    nineslipchamberon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentahh well i gotta tell you the first time i heard this song i was falling asleep and it woke me up omg it freaked me out...i didnt understand it at all....but thanx
    doin_researchon June 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the uprise of the poor and downtrodden workers. The poor who have "for too long cast aside, stripped of dignity, opportunity", spent "countless sleepless days in underestimation".

    So now the poor, the "The have-nots" are "calling in the listless wind
    Whispering for retribution"

    "From the bottom where you left them", at the bottom of society where society has left them to hunger.

    "So onward friends from our battered homes"
    The impoverished live in homes that are poor quality (not being able to afford better)
    "Forward to the onrush of cast stones, crushed bones
    And the gallows"
    Calling for the downtrodden to overthrow their oppressors.

    It ends on an ironic note. I think it's a commentary on Communism. Our sympathies lay with the downtrodden up until the last two verses, which are where Communism comes in. Communism sees the obvious social inequity and calls for the workers to rise up in violent revolution and to "cast stones".

    Basically, I think it's both indicating the problem of poverty, but also the irony of solving it via Marxist solutions.
    KrillXIIIon October 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKrillXIII, my god you took that way to literally and should be slapped. Learn what a damn metaphor is and THEN decide what song meanings are.

    Emperor = Prince of this World
    Prince of this World = Satan

    "For too long cast aside, stripped of dignity, opportunity
    Countless sleepless days in underestimation" = Where he left us

    "No word goes unheard
    And no deed is without compensation
    When the workers come to collect their wages" = That he will recive what he deserves, in time

    "Now the straw men are swaying in the distance
    The have-nots calling in the listless wind
    Whispering for retribution
    Waiting for some voice to call them
    From the bottom where you left them" = People looking for a Hero, but are yet to kno them. "Straw Men," they have hard exteriors yet hollow interiors. Being that Satan is a "truthless hero," he left them with a false hope and they need to have a real Hero, god.

    So onward friends from our battered homes
    Forward to the onrush of cast stones, crushed bones
    And the gallows = Schwab's "call to action", an Anarchy againt the king. They go from their desolated lands, across their broken dreams and to the Gallows...

    Gallows = A place to Hang someone, like the emperor
    **This is obviously a prelude to Solace**
    MetaphoricBulleton December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbut then idk, Krillx MAY be right, being that there's a communist like Project 86 Tshirt around

    Schwab's a Commie
    MetaphoricBulleton December 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i highly doubt andrew is a communist
    xBleedBlackxon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"KrillXIII, my god you took that way to literally and should be slapped. Learn what a damn metaphor is and THEN decide what song meanings are."

    To be clear, I haven't decided the meaning of anything. If it wasn't clear to you that my post was an opinion that is subject to change, improvement, or being entirely discarded, then I will make it clear now.

    There is no need to be rude because you have a different interpretation.

    As a final point, I'm not sure how the posted interpretation implies that Schwab is a Communist. In fact, it points to the opposite, although that depends on whether or not you assign a positive connotation to "cast stones".
    KrillXIIIon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't disrespect anyone's interpretation, but I'm certain Schwab would not have a song/poem suggest anything Marxist in nature, Marxism being so emphatically anti-religion.
    thrustaeon October 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthey MetaphoricBullet dont curse atleast when talking to the children of christ got it
    bob171on December 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne problem i want to be adressed
    "But under these anxious, darkening leaves" sounds more like "But under these anxious, darkening heavens"

    Simply means rising up against the oppresses. Could very well be Communist Regime as they fantasize of the worker's paradise but instead deliver a secularist crock of corruption.

    Stand up for what you believe the consequence does not matter if you truly believe it to be true.
    Jay212127on May 04, 2010   Link

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