"Tug-O-War" as written by and Peter/loeffler Loeffler....
Feed the cut and get in line
To live and burn is tug-o-war

Raped!

Go back and forth until it's learned
To suffer now or nothing's gained
Then wake within a freezing sweat
Push and pull, collecting doubt

Starting seeds

Lost inspiration
Panic on the rise
A severed attempt ignored

The reason never outweighs the truth
So backing up and lean against
The liars club come'th shame
Wasting farther, collecting doubt

Starting seeds

Lost inspiration
Panic on the rise
A severed attempt ignored

So hand it off
Don't care enough
Cause ignorance
Is in blissful reach

Lost inspiration
Panic on the rise
A severed attempt ignored

Lost inspiration
Never played the game
A severed attempt ignored


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"Tug-O-War" as written by Peter Loeffler Joseph Loeffler

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    General CommentI think he says raped because he is talking about how severe that the internal struggles with God can be, or he is talking about how we fucked ourselves in the Iraq War.
    AkaArtoriason July 22, 2015   Link
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    General CommentFeed the cut and get in line/ now that we are neck deep into the Iraq War, we want people to enlist to fight, which we hoed would help end the war with us on top, but is really just prolonging the war and fucking ourselves over.

    To live and burn is Tug Of War/ To live the way we are, invading other countries and installing dictators only leads to war fights and wars.

    Raped/ We are basically raping ourselves and fucking ourselves over by continuing to do this

    Go back and forth until it's learned/ Again, we will keep doing this until we learn that it doesn't work

    To suffer now or nothing is gained/ the way most people see the war now is that even though it isn't beneficial, we can't lose, so we keep fighting now

    Then wake within a freezing sweat/ I'm not sure on this, but I think it means that we give the people half-assed propaganda that people shouldn't believe because it contradicts itself

    Push and pull collecting doubt/ We keep fighting only to realize more and more that this is pointless

    Starting seeds/ The whole point of installing dictators in these countries was to start our own offspring and gain a bunch of countries who will blindly follow us

    Lost inspiration/ Again, we are becoming less inspired to fight the war, realizing it is bad

    Panic on the rise/ But we are scared of what might happen if we were to pull out without actually winning

    A severed attempt ignored/ I'm not sure on this one, but I think it is that we have failed to do this before, but we fail to recognize that and we do it again anyway

    The reason never outweighs the truth/ The reason for us to be fighting here is said to be because of terrorists, but the educated know that it is about oil, money, and power

    So backing up and lean against/ We start to doubt ourselves so we ask for help, from other countries, or from our citizens, asking the to enlist

    The liars club comets shame/ The people who try to tell us that the war is on terrorism and lie to us will be put to shame

    Wasting farther collecting doubt/ Again, we keep fighting, but realize more and more that it's a bad idea

    So hand it off/ Blame it on the Middle East instead of admitting that it's our fault

    Don't care enough/ They don't care about the people enough to tell them the truth, or to stop sending them to their deaths

    Cause ignorance is in blissful reach/ Because making the people dumb and lying to them is easier than to take the criticism and tell the truth, and right now it's working

    Never played the game/ They don't know what it's like to go out and risk your life, they just know the profit that sending others to do so can create

    Feed, the last head trip/ not sure about this one either, but I think it means that we tell the people it will be over soon, but we could be feeding more propaganda because we don't know

    I believe the song is about the war, and not about God mostly because of
    The line "starting seeds". It seems extremely irrelevant to a Christian song, and seems to contradict Christian values, but that's the way I see it.
    AkaArtoriason July 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an awesome song, one of my favorites.. to me it's saying how life is like one big tug o' war struggle... people always wait for the truth, but instead they get panic,, lost inspiratin, etc... even though this always happens, they will still "Go back and forth, until it’s learned
    To suffer now, or nothings gained ."
    kelbelbaby17on October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgain...an allegory to the attacks on iraq.
    whiteouton October 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think you can look at it to mean... weigh your options when it comes to the brutatlities of life before its too late..
    nat001on December 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong, it's

    Feed the cut, and get in line
    To live and burn, is tug o war

    (raped)

    Go back and forth, until it’s learned
    To suffer now, or nothing's gained

    Then wake within
    A freezing sweat
    Push and pull
    Collecting doubt

    Starting seeds
    Lost inspiration
    Panic on the rise
    A severed attempt ignored

    (raped)

    The reason never outweighs truth
    So backing up, and lean against
    The liars club cometh shame
    Wasting farther, collecting doubt

    Starting seeds
    Lost inspiration
    Panic on the rise
    A severed attempt ignored

    So hand it off
    Don't care enough
    Cause ignorance
    Is in blissful reach

    Lost inspiration
    Panic on the rise
    A severed attempt ignored

    Lost inspiration
    Never played the game
    A severed attempt ignored

    Feed,
    The last head trip

    I can see the connections with Iraq.
    LevityIncon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it has anything to do with Iraq. I think it looks at a person being pulled in different directions, coming to grips with the conflict in their heart. Though Chevelle is not technically a "Christian" band, they are still spiritual and write songs about internal struggles. "The reason never outweighs the truth" means that the reason for sinning here on earth never outweighs the truth of God, and "the liars club, cometh shame" shows the remorse that they have after committing sins such as lying. That's what the song means to me anyway, especially because Chevelle has never written about political matters, only emotions.
    ThisTypeofThinkingon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think what "The reason never outweighs the truth" means is the reason for the lie does not outweigh the fact it is still a lie and the truth should have been told in the first place. I can see where this would fit the situation in Iraq too, whether thats it or not though its a great song.
    Hellswindstaffon April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG ROOOOOOOOOOCCCCCKKKKKKKSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank the lord 4 awesome rock bands,really!
    ThestrokesLuVeRon May 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the begining of it, then it just gets old.
    issueson July 23, 2005   Link

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