"Shhhhhh! I'm Listening To Reason" as written by and Newsham Huffman....
Break out the blindfolds!
There's teens cloaked in sheepskin
And we are the wolves at bay
"Put her to bed with the big ones and we’ll charge them at the door"
The devil soon was a vagabond and we dressed him for the prom
And now the chorus sings filth hymns
As the next horseman will transform

Show me a swollen-headed hotshot son of a bitch
Who licks his lips caked with glory
And ghosts in fine suits will go dancing with contracts in their hands
So alright I’ll say goddamn
The smoke and cameras will clear and then?

"We can’t surely lead them to their dooms?"
"Yeah of course we can!
We’ll feed them shit till they’re full in their bellies
They’ll love the taste even more than the feeling
And if they build that tower it will fall down
Just like the last time"

"Look at them starving while indulging in nothing"
And now laying in rubble
"Swallow us all up we are surely not worthy!"
And there is nothing left to believe so they’ll believe what they see
The ballroom is alive with torn bodies under stone


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    General CommentJust as a side note the song title refers to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure when Francis tells Pee-Wee to listen to reason and then Pee-Wee tells him, "Shhhhhh! I'm Listening To Reason".
    Skylerpaxon August 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLord of the Flies by William Golding
    barberokon May 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat is this about? lord of the rings?
    clawrenchon April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought it was about 9/11 and the war.
    "Show me a swollen-headed hotshot son of a bitch
    Who licks his lips caked with glory.." George W.?

    ""We can’t surely lead them to their dooms?"
    "Yeah of course we can!
    We’ll feed them shit till they’re full in their bellies
    They’ll love the taste even more than the feeling
    And if they build that tower it will fall down
    Just like the last time"" Telling people the war will do good? And the tower? As in the Twin Towers?
    youcanbreathe_nowon July 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love your name.
    on that note i think your view of it is pushing it. i understand what your saying. but ive read a lot about volcano and the album is mostly literary references. ive never been near a lord of the rings novel or movie so i'm not sure what the song is about. but the war thing is definitely possible.
    acityinspainon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe war is a good idea...
    I just thought that the line:
    "Swallow us all up we are surely not worthy!" /And there is nothing left to believe so they’ll believe what they see"
    was about propaganda and the media cause it seems like now there are no news sources that we can rely on to find out whats actually happening in the war and most people don't even realize they are being fed a bunch of bullshit from networks like fox and whatnot so all they do is just believe in what the headlines say....fuck bush
    Your_Biznatchon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the last line is:
    "The ballroom's alive with torn bodies in motion."
    But okay, whatever.
    The war thing doesn't seem very likely although it's a valid explination, doesn't seem like Nic would write something so obvious. I think it had a much deeper meaning.
    remembermaineon April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe, just maybe, there are actually songs that aren't about Bush, 9/11, or the war in Iraq. Just a thought.
    Song of Songson June 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could all be a metaphore.. don;t ask me.. I'm not a good interpetrer but what the heck.. might as well list my theory!
    Jozzygrlon April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's not about LOTR or 9/11. The tower reference is the tower of Babel. It's definately a literary reference. Perhaps another stab at Animal Farm?(The Windmill being the tower?) But the greater symbolism there would be that it was a song criticizing bureaucracy and corporate elitism and the "brand" culture. No specific people like Bush or anything like that, but a general statement. The teens dressed in sheepskin would be teens who follow the latest trends. The wolves at bay would be the corporate elite who prey on vulnerable teens to get their money and their minds. Etc etc. The references to prom would be, again, the idea of elegance and wealth. Wanting an expensive prom dress, a stretch hummer, and a weekend prom retreat.
    TopFiveRecordsXon April 19, 2007   Link

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