"Prevent This Tragedy" as written by and Daniel Michael Andriano Derek R Grant....
Here we are again with handguns for hearts
They had a master plan, wanted to tear us apart
Nothing to hold. I'll hope to lead it
Our demise has been completed now
Nowhere left to go but

Down, the flames of hell they give me hope
I drowned in oceans of this tragic part of
Town, where nothing's heard for miles but the
Sound of children wishing they were safely underground

We are the walking burned, we hold this close to our arms
We take our daily breath and thank our unlucky scars
Tried to get by on bread and water
Craving blood poured from the alter now
Not much left to do but

Drown in flames of miscommunication
Down and out and often in search for someone
Proud to translate what we truly dream
About, as we lay in this bed thinking out loud

?
In my broken telepathy
For I'm left with nothing but this
Bloodless river bank, West Memphis
Please, may you start praying for me

Down, the flames of hell they give me hope
I drowned in oceans of this tragic part of
Town, where nothing's heard for miles but the
Sound of children wishing they were safely underground


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"Prevent This Tragedy" as written by Derek R. Grant Daniel Michael Andriano

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    General Comment-----------------------------------------------------
    CORRECT LYRICS, TAKEN FROM ALBUM INLAY

    Here we are again with handguns for hearts
    They had a master plan, wanted to tear us apart
    Nothing to hold, all hope deleted
    Our demise has been completed niw
    Nowhere left to go but down
    The flames of hell they give me hope I drown
    In oceans of this tragic part of town
    Where nothing's heard for miles but the sound
    Of children wishing they were safely underground
    We are the walking dead, we hold this ghost in our arms
    We take our daily breath and thank our unlucky stars
    Tried to get by on bread and water
    Craving blood poured from the altar now
    Not much left to do but drown
    In flames of miscommunication down
    Then out and off in search of someone proud
    To translate what we truly dream about
    As we lay in this bed thinking out loud
    I'm screaming uncle, mercy me
    And my broken telepathy
    For I'm left with nothing but this bloodless riverbank
    West Memphis please
    I'm begging you, stop praying for me
    ---------------------------------------------

    I love this song. I've been following the West Memphis 3 story for a while now and this year there's a big gathering on July 23rd, Awareness Day, with bands playing shows all over the place and marches and things and petitions being presented... I think it might be their last chance.

    As for the song, it fascinates me because I can't work out whose perspective its from, if indeed it is from just one perspective. The "they" as in "they had a master plan" seems to be the government, police and generally authorities who are anti-punk and anti-rock and wish the youth of today would take out the piercings and get their hair cut...

    "we are the walking dead" seems to be from the perspective of the wm3 themselves, who are in a maximum security prison, one of them awaiting an upcoming death by lethal injection, but then it could mean the generation of rock/punk/metal music fans. The same goes for "stop praying for me" - it's like, saying "you can't change me, I am this person, I am in this community and culture" in a general sense but if the song is from the perspective of the wm3 then it is more an admission of lost hope - stop praying for us because we're a lost cause?
    lucyb85on May 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe bloody album isn't even out yet. although, this song is good.
    alisonsdiseaseon March 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthaha! bloody album! since it's called crimson, it is bloody. get it? lol!!1oneone
    IMFromKathleneon March 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts about the West Memphis Three, kinda obvious when he says 'Bloodless riverbank, west memphis' and 'Drown in flames of miscommunication' from all the fuck ups that went on in the trial and gathering evidence, the police and witnesses and such, quite ovviously made a lot of stuff up and held back other vital evidence.
    This song is awesome
    thorntonhayleyon March 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbest damn song on the album
    soulsurgeryon March 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think he says "please, may you STOP praying for me"

    it makes more sense. dont like the intro to this song, but its good
    ilovealkalineon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen i saw Alkaline Trio at Warped Tour in 03 or 02 maybe it was
    Matt was wearing a "Free the West Memphis Three" shirt
    Actionhank1786on March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust a few corrections:

    First verse-"Nothing to hold, all hope deleted"

    Second verse-"We hold this ghost in our arms"

    Second Chorus-"Down and out and off in search for someone.."

    Bridge, not sure about this, but it sounds like the first line is- "Dreamin, Uncle, Mercy me", then its "Please, im begging you, stop praying for me!"

    word.
    alktriofan5on April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love it how they write about interesting things such as the Donner Party and the West Memphis Three and Susan Atkins. And somehow, they connect those things to create powerful songs that incorporate their lives/feelings.

    Brilliant.
    smartfool17on April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBEST FUCKING SONG!!
    alkalineromance666on April 14, 2005   Link

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