"Centre for Holy Wars" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
It's such a dream-like view from the ceiling where every feeling is a part of he fall.
Kneeling out on the front lawn, rise to occasions, grass stains and all.
Exactly where we are, at the center for holy wars, I hope it never comes down again.
Floating in the air, with the stars of holy wars, I hope it never comes down again.
Nearly but never arrested, but oh Contessa, asleep in the stall,
Still you somehow have bested the other contestants, grass stains and all.
Because hope grows greener than grass stains.
Hope grows greener than grass stains.

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"Centre for Holy Wars" as written by Carl Allan Newman


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    General CommentI've had this song on repeat for 20 minutes, and get more confused each time I hear it.
    sandswipeon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFrom an interviewer with Carl Newman (lyricist and lead singer):

    Mark Prindle: [Do] lyrics like "Letter From An Occupant" actually mean something or [are they] just a bunch of words that sound cool together (like the Pixies and Pavement have been known to do)?

    Carl Newman: Some of the lyrics have literal meaning. Some of them i just like the sound of. I've never cared about the meaning of lyrics, I'm more interested in the sound and the force that they have. T-Rex was a great lyricist but it was all meaningless, his lyrics were just a translation of the rock'n'roll soul that was there in the music. I don't know what a "letter from an occupant" is, but I'm hoping that I will figure it out at some point. It sounds like it must mean something. It simply must.

    "Centre For Holy Wars" seemed like mostly gibberish when I wrote it , but now I listen to it and it sounds like it's about 9/11, all that talk about buildings coming down, floating through the air, holy wars. Does that mean I'm a psychic that channels events before they happen and turns them into pop songs? Yes. I'm a genius."

    That explains so very very many songs.
    sandswipeon December 07, 2005   Link

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