"Pale Horse" as written by and John Vanderslice....
From the haunts of daily life
Where is waged the daily strife
Common wants and common cares
Cuts the human heart with tears

Rise like lions after a slumber in
In greatly unknowable numbers

Let the tyrants pour around
With apocalyptic sound
On the charge of iron wheels
And the crash of horses heels

Rise like lions after a slumber in
In greatly unknowable numbers
Free the blood that must ensue
We are many and they are few

From the workhouse and the prison
Pale as corpses newly risen
Knives are drawn now let them see
Standing tall that say they're free

Your strong and simple words
Set to wound as sharpened swords
Wide as targets let them be
With their shade to cover me

Rise like lions after a slumber in
In greatly unknowable numbers
Free the blood that must ensue
We are many and they are few


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"Pale Horse" as written by John Vanderslice

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    General CommentThis is based on a Shelley poem called The Call to Freedom.
    parkinglotvigilanteon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually, isn't it based on "The Mask Of Anarchy"?
    getaccusedon October 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea-- it's based off of "The Mask of Anarchy".
    ElectricPinkPantheron May 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't really see any comparisons? Help me out?
    pumkinhedon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Pale Horse," the title, is a reference to a line in the bible, describing one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (pestilence.)

    And, from the poem... here are some lines very similar to the song:

    "From the haunts of daily life
    Where is waged the daily strife
    With common wants and common cares
    Which sows the human heart with tares"

    ...

    "Be your strong and simple words
    Keen to wound as sharpened swords,
    And wide as targes let them be,
    With their shade to cover ye.

    Let the tyrants pour around
    With a quick and startling sound,
    Like the loosening of a sea,
    Troops of armed emblazonry.

    Let the charged artillery drive
    Till the dead air seems alive
    With the clash of clanging wheels,
    And the tramp of horses' heels."

    ...

    "On those who first should violate
    Such sacred heralds in their state
    Rest the blood that must ensue,
    And it will not rest on you."

    ...

    "Rise like Lions after slumber
    In unvanquishable number -
    Shake your chains to earth like dew
    Which in sleep had fallen on you -
    Ye are many - they are few."
    jhermon July 20, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionThe strange thing is that, while the Mask of Anarchy has a message of nonviolent resistance, the lyrics suggest a much bloodier revolution.

    Case in point: "Through the blood THAT MUST ENSUE" vs. "Stand ye calm and resolute/Like a forest close and mute...With folded arms and steady eyes/And little fear, and less surprise/Look upon them as they slay/'Til their rage has died away".
    pumkinhedon January 17, 2015   Link
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    My OpinionAlso, this has really resonated with me in the wake of the Michael Brown protests.
    pumkinhedon January 17, 2015   Link

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