"Holloway Prison Blues" as written by Francis Edward Turner, Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson, Thomas Russell Fowler and Julia Ruzicka....
The leg bone is connected to the foot bone
Is connected to the Export Processing Zones,
And it’s nothing we condone,
But everybody owns a pair of those shoes.

I looked a little closer at the walls of my house,
And to my surprise they were made out of glass.
So I made my way softly towards my front door,
But to my surprise it was bolted shut and barred.

The bloodstream gets its sugar from the intestine
Gets its sugar from the supermarket chain
That left the village drained.
Every high street the same soulless refrain.

I looked a little closer at the walls of my house,
And to my surprise they were made out of glass.
So I made my way softly towards my front door,
But to my surprise it was bolted shut and barred.

The newspaper reads like a list of charges brought against me.
So I’m changing my plea to an open address to the jury.

I confess that I was there on that grassy knoll,
And I confess I helped fake the moon landings as well.
But I confess I’ve yet to let slip my lowest low:
There’ve been times when I’ve pretended I didn’t know about my skeleton.

Your honour I swear that I can explain;
There are mitigating factors to consider in this case.
I was looking out of a window to the west.
Francis Fukuyama took me by the arm,
Won me over with his famous intellectual charm,
Swore this beauty wouldn’t do any harm.
We didn’t look east because the sun was setting.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the faintest reflection in the pane of a window.
I suspect that I’ve lost myself in the guilty reflection of the pain that it lets through.
I must confess I’ve started throwing stones around the house.
I don’t mean to moan but I never even signed the lease.

The newspaper reads like a list of charges brought against me.
So I’m changing my plea to an open address to the jury.

I confess that I was there on that grassy knoll,
And I confess I helped fake the moon landings as well.
But I confess I’ve yet to let slip my lowest low:
There’ve been times when I’ve pretended I didn’t know about my skeleton.


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"Holloway Prison Blues" as written by Francis Edward Turner Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson

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    General Commentfrank's words again, not mine:

    "The title is a nod to Johnny Cash and was the last one we came up with for the album. It's a song about people denying the connection between themselves and what's wrong with the world. People deliberately put mental blocks in the chain of responsibility, I'm guilty of it as well but it's lame and should stop."
    greenplasticon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah I agree. Awesome band,very political
    Amypameyon July 27, 2005   Link
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    Song Meaning"The leg bone is connected to the
    Foot bone is connected to the
    Export Processing Zones.
    And it's nothing we condone.
    But everybody owns
    A pair of those shoes."
    Frank begins the connection of his skeleton to what is wrong with the western world.

    "The bloodstream gets its sugar from the
    Intestine gets its sugar from the
    Supermarket chain
    That left the village drained.
    Every high street, same soulless refrain."
    He compared his bloodstream to things wrong with the western world.

    "I looked a little closer at
    The walls of my house
    And to my surprise
    They were made out of glass.
    So i made my way softly
    Towards my front door,
    But to my surprise
    It was bolted shut and barred."
    We're all in a fragile house, made out of glass, and we're stuck in here. He's saying how fragile the world is.

    The newspaper reads like
    A list of charges brought against me.
    So I'm changing my plea to
    An open address to the jury.
    I confess
    That I was there on that grassy knoll,
    And I confess
    I helped fake the moon landings as well."
    He's saying that all of us are responsible for the faults with the western world

    "But I confess
    I've yet to let slip my lowest low:
    There've been times when
    I've pretended I didnt know
    About my skeleton."
    remember before when I was talking about him drawing his skeleton to the problems of our world? well here he says he sometimes ignores this problems.

    "Your honour I swear that i can explain:
    There are mitigating factors to consider
    In this case;"
    I was looking out of a window to the west."
    He's only looking toward the progress of the western world, not the eastern.

    Francis Fukuyama took me by the arm."
    Francis Fukuyama wrote a book about The End of the World. Frank told me he was trying to square the end of the western world with this book.

    "Won me over with his famous
    Inetellectual charm,
    Swore this beauty wouldn't do any harm.
    We didn't look east
    Because the sun was setting."
    the sun was setting in the west, and there was nothing left they could do about it. the western world failed, and there's no going back to the way things were before they split from the east.

    "It's easy to lose yourself
    In the faintest reflection in the
    Pane of a window.
    I suspect that I've lost myself
    In the guilty reflection of
    The pain that it lets through."
    sometimes you only look to do what's best for yourself, and not what's best for others or the environment. frank, on the other hand, is guilty of the pain that he is causing by only caring for himself.

    "I must confess I've started
    Throwing stones
    Around the house.
    I don't mean to moan
    But i never even
    Signed the lease."
    frank has begun ruining the world, but doesnt care because he's not worrying about those who will come after him.
    WillCrearyon October 27, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningFrancis Fukuyama is best known for his book "The End of History and the Last Man" in which he argues that liberal democracy is the endpoint of human sociocultural evolution.

    The song is saying that being complacent and content with what is whilst there's obviously still so much wrong in the world is simply ignoring the problem, or "looking out of a window to the west" and not the East "because the sun was setting". This can be interpreted as a comment on the modes of governance outside the western world (e.g. single-party state China, de-facto authoritarian Russia etc.) and the fact that even in countries that hold themselves up on their so-called freedoms like the US, UK etc. are still really just sham democracies with the illusion of choice. Despite this we console ourselves by ignoring the problems and denying our responsibility of what we create through even the smallest choices, like our shoes (made in sweatshops in Asia) or shopping at supermarkets (that undercut local high street shops). This is continued in the chorus where the narrator confesses his guilt in a number of famous conspiracy theories (namely the assassination of JFK by an unknown second sniper and the faking of the NASA moon landings).

    The whole glass house metaphor - "I must confess I’ve started throwing stones around the house. I don’t mean to moan but I never even signed the lease." - is commenting on the fact that living in liberal democracy is considered in itself tacit support for the system and to complain about it is considered hypocritical, even though we had no real choice in it's creation and have no real opportunity to change it from within - "So I made my way softly towards my front door, but to my surprise it was bolted shut and barred." Finally, the lines about the window compare the way people ignore problems completely with the way that people who are vocal in their criticism are still involved with the system.
    notdocon September 07, 2013   Link

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