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Verse:
She saw it coming the signs were all around
The winsome amblings, walls were coming down
Still she walked into it, the trap that they set
Three spies in waiting, shook on it

Chorus:
Well words weapons back then
'Cause they only wanted to beat her, to break that bit
How they only wanted to beat her
So violently agitated
So violently agitated

Verse:
She couldn't stop it, debris from falling down
You know it sounds like laughter when gravity brings it down
Tried to cover her head, an attempt to keep it out
But she stood as a semaphore guiding it down

Chorus:
Well secrets were weapons when kept
'Cause they only wanted to beat her, to break that bit
How they only wanted to beat her
So violently agitated
And how clearly they longed to see her as they saw themselves
And it's over the spies have retreated
'Cause they took all they could get

Coda:
Well words were weapons back then
And violence was how they spoke then
Got her desperately agitated, yeah
And brought her over, on her



Lyrics submitted by david_mortimer

Semaphore song meanings
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    General CommentI don't do this lyric justice, but I think I've copied it down mostly accurately.
    The song conjures up a dreamlike and slightly claustrophobic world of oppositions and opposites, intended bad and unintended good consequence.
    The main character walks through this world with great awareness, she reads the signs, yet she knows her stance is going to bring her into conflict: she still walks into the traps.
    There's a slight atmosphere of whispering paranoia, the spies on the sidelines making deals (conspiracies), the reference to laughter in the sound of the debris coming down (malice), the secrets, the main character's agitation.
    My favourite part is the central image of the semaphore: the main character tries to cover her head to protect it from the falling debris, but the gesture has the opposite effect and actually draws the fire. Perhaps her stance isn't quite as defiant as it seems?
    It's probably a stretch, but there seems to be a slightly upbeat ending, the spies want to bring her to their way of thinking (world view, self-image), but they retreat, she still appears unbeaten and unbroken.
    A very fine lyric!
    david_mortimeron February 18, 2005   Link

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