"The Marshals Are Dead" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
Attention
Unbelievers
Fashion Victims
Opportunists
Blood sport
Cop killer
Don't trust art
Don't trust culture

Cancel your thoughts out forever
Milk it and strain it to residue
An insult that dilates forever
Passing from history that's made from arrangements
Of cordons and tannoys in symmetry
That cancel forever

Forever

A curse on your houses
Rivers run with your sons' blood
No case for extenuation
All the marshals are dead

Cancel your thoughts out forever
Milk it and strain it to residue
An insult that dilates forever
Passing from history that's made from arrangements
Of cordons and tannoys in symmetry
That cancel forever

Spring breaks in ranks and in boulevards
A country that grows us
But cannot contain us


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"The Marshalls Are Dead" as written by Kele Okereke Gordon Moakes

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    General CommentThey use a few references in this song:
    "A curse on your houses" - Romeo and Julliet by Shakespeare

    Rivers run with your sons' blood - A reference to the famous 'Rivers of blood' speech by Enoch Powell a message of apparent hatred of immigration, but also the intended message of the speech, Labour passing anti discrimination.

    Personaly I dont think this is an anti war song, dont shoot me down but its not your typical 'Throw down your guns and dance till the morning comes' kind of song.

    I think the main message of the song is anti-nanny state.
    "Cancel your thoughts out forever"
    Is this not what a nanny state would lead to? People being unable to think and make descisions for themselves?

    "Of cordons and tannoys in symmetry"
    These are both methods of control, and in a truly equal society everyone would look exactly the same so there may also be an anti communist/socialist element here.

    Someone else might be able to support or oppose my claims though... I think there may be more anti-leftist views here but im not sure on quotations.
    Tyler17on October 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dunno wat this song means, all i kno is tht its absolutly ace
    somat_2_mosh_2on October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with somat 2 mosh 2.. and im assuming ace means awesome..
    monika512on June 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite song
    olya_212on July 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKaito (their autumn tour support band) have done a version of this song that gets given out free on a CD at the end of their gigs. I've only heard this song live.
    bemyenemyon October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've got this song on the EP, there's sum really good stuff on it. I really like this song because it's so different from everything else.
    bloc_party15on December 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentReally cool song, if I had to guess the meaning I would say it has something to do with deeply rooted ethnic conflict.

    "A curse on your houses
    Rivers run with your sons' blood"

    and

    "An insult that dilates forever"

    These seem to point to some kind of deeply rooted conflict that hasn't been solved over time.
    I read that Kele's parents are Nigerian, maybe I'm reading into this alot and I could be completely wrong, but Nigeria has alot of ethnic conflict between three major groups, Ibo, Hausau and Yoruba. Its hard to say what BP's songs are about, but this is my guess.
    SEofANon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlright I only have one question. Who or What are the Marshalls????

    also their use of shakespear in the song is awsome.
    incogneteauon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthey use shakespear???! anyway luvin the tune!its well good!
    pwincesson March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought that this was to do with being ruled by the government, being sent to war and stuff. To me for some reason it was a very 'World War' feel to it. And I get a very vivid picture of beauttiful fields, but with wars. But aaanyways, yeah, the people being ruled by the government is my opinion. I'm sire someone will explain it better later, or maybe I will when I can be bothered, I'm just rather bored atm, which is why I am doing this.
    Ben xxx
    Bloc-Headon May 19, 2006   Link

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