"Strasbourg" as written by and Matthew James/donohoe Swinnerton....
I'll meet you in West Germany
October 1983
I know that freedom was a lie
I know your husband was a spy
You say that words are impotent
But they can help us pay the rent
I knew for sure there was nothing left
Except the vodka on your breath

We meet in Strasbourg
In Strasbourg
Dann sind wir Helden
We meet in Strasbourg

The courage that your father plucked
From inside a cattle truck
Will help us fix the exit polls
Our children must have rock'n'roll
Surveillance cameras captured dawn
Breaking on the autobahn
I knew for sure our chance was blown
When rifles made you feel at home

We meet in Strasbourg
In Strasbourg
Dann sind wir Helden
We meet in Strasbourg
We meet in Strasbourg
In Strasbourg
Dann sind wir Helden
We meet in Strasbourg

Eins, zwei, drei, vier
Ideas can change the government
But they never listen to our arguments
On TV our friends smashed cement
And pulled down the bastards monuments
I went outside for a cigarette
I could see things I had tried to forget
The news showed us who we had left
And I could smell the vodka on your breath


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"Strasbourg" as written by James Horn-smith Alan Donohoe

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    General CommentYeah! Think the little count in German is cool, very Franz Ferdinand! Think it's about a German girl he's arranged to meet? Then Dann sind wir Helden means Then we are heroes
    !!!!! Yeah!!!!!
    thedeparturefreakon September 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentStrasbourg is in France. It is located near the german border in the East of France. In the past, the city was occupied several times by the Germans but is now French since the World War II. Nowadays the german influence in the city is very important (specific dialect, architecture, etc.)
    unsteadyon November 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI knew for sure there was nothing left
    Except the vodka on your breath

    that's a coolly clever line..

    pretty tragic and grubby lol.

    I'm not sure exactly what this song is about because I don't know very much about war history but it's good.
    tigersroamfreeon November 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about a couple trying to get to west germany through Strasbourg, a city in france. no matter how little you know about history, you must know that germany was divided until 1990, and people werent allowed to travel?
    skumbananeron December 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI get the impression she is coming from East Germany, hence but the only bit of the east left with her is the Vodka on her breath... and why rifles make her feel at home...
    somthing along those lines
    sandimanon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about people trying to escape Germany when the Berlin Wall was still raised. Well, that's what they said in an interview once.
    Manchineon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentQuite possibly the girl is Russian, hence the Vodka, and they have to get to Strasbourg, out of Germany altogether, in order to be happy together. And they'll be heroes for making it across the Berlin Wall undected. But then they get caught and she's being deported back to russia so she spends their last moments looking back at the riots in the city.
    jayc4lifeon December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHave no idae what t's about but it's by far the best song by them it's got so much energy.
    ---LiMeGrAvY---on July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAhh!!! Are you all blind, read the lyrics and the meaning is obvious, and strong. It is about the anti-Soviet resistance movement in East Germany.
    They are fixing the 'exit polls,' voting to leave the Warsaw Pact, so that they can have Western music.
    They were caught by the police/authorities, and held at rifle point, assumedly because they were involved in resistance work
    They final verse is about the Hungarian uprisings, they were 'our friends' because they were also resisting. And they 'pulled down the bastards monuments' this refered to the iconic statue of Stalin that was pulled down during the uprisings.
    Dann sind wir Helden means Then we are heroes, because they hope to become independant of the USSR
    Sam947on August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about Germany in the Cold War.

    "On TV our friends smashed cement
    And pulled down the bastards monuments"
    futureimageon October 29, 2008   Link

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