"Empire" as written by and David Byrne....
In national elections
In songs raised on high
With stirring emotions
As tears fill your eyes

In democratic fever
For national defense
I am a mountain
I am a mountain
I am a mountain
Like birds upon a fence
Like birds upon a fence

Young artists and writers
Please heed the call
What's good for business
Is good for us all

And as it is in Nature
So it is in life
The weak among us with perish
The weak among us with perish
The weak among us with perish
The strong alone will survive
The strong alone will survive

Voices like thunder
Decisions like steel
The past and the future
They belong to us all

From every mountain
The water and the air
The world that we've created
The world that we've created
The world that we've created
By working hand in hand
By working hand in hand


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"Empire" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentSeems like such a happy song. But I take it as being loaded with irony. The first verses seem to be in reference to the heated Bush elections. And if you take that tone and cary it to the end where he says

    From every mountain
    The water and the land
    The world that we've created
    The world that we've created
    The world that we've created
    By working hand in hand
    By working hand in hand

    then it means something different. To me, we are supposed to look at everything we've done and be ashamed. It's our fault. We've worked together to make quite a mess.
    varietyofcellson December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn a live performance of this song, David said he wrote this song as a sort of capitalist national anthem, but that he didn't really believe in it. There is definitely a lot of irony in this one.
    WirelessBrainon October 09, 2014   Link

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