Compassion is shit.
Soft-spoken words and a look of concern.
The fire is lit.
Emotion will never extinguish (extinguish) these flames that inaction has built.

What makes it burn?
A nation so straight that deviation’s a crime.
When will we learn?
That sexuality is not a punishable offence?

On a cold October night, a gentle soul was crucified.
What remains of his blood still stains our idle hands that soft-spoken words won’t justify.

Culprits are we.

"I'm not excusing their actions. It seems to be partially his fault (yeah), partially the guys who did it. So you know, maybe it's fifty-fifty."

Let’s talk about rights.
Let’s talk about sexual orientation.
Let’s talk about you and an entire homophobic nation.
Will you follow me down?
Can we not separate ourselves from such hate?
Let’s sever the head of the beast with the crown, let’s no longer participate.

Let’s talk about rights.
Let’s talk about sexual orientation.
Let’s talk about you and an entire homophobic nation.

Will you follow me down? Why won’t anyone stand up?
Will you follow me down? Why won’t anyone stand up?
Will you follow me down? Why won’t anyone stand up?
Why won’t anyone stand up?
Will you follow me down? Why won’t anyone stand up?
Why won’t anyone stand up?
Will you follow me down?


Lyrics submitted by Inoue versus Date

Fear and Loathing in Laramie song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is obviously in relation to the tragic death of Matthew Shepard.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    The band Thursday also has a song dedicated to this matter. Titled M. Shepard

    songmeanings.net/…
    Inoue versus Dateon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRight on, Inoue. Also, the quote in the middle: "I'm not excusing their actions. It seems to be partially his fault (yeah), partially the guys who did it. So you know, maybe it's fifty-fifty." is from a resident of Laramie, Wisconsin that the media interviewed about the brutal killing. The guy says that it was partially Matthew's fault because he made a gay advance at another guy (put his hand on the guy's knee.)
    superman9kon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, it didnt make sense to me before, but now that i understand WHO its about, i totally geit it.
    i didnt know Mshepard was about that kid though...
    very informative! (y)
    xthroatoysterxon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLaramie is where Matthew Shepard was from
    Cpt_Blood_Sausageon April 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti just thought i shoud bring this up the guy who said, " i'm not excusing their actions..." he sounds like Dr.Phil... seriously, i thought it was Dr Phil when i first heard this song
    Bassitupon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit was in Laramie, WYOMING dumbass .
    anyways . yes this is one of the songs dedicated to M. Shepard .
    The songs are soo good :)
    my fave one is by Trivium !!
    PorcelainTramp666on August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am completely in love with this band, however they completely have this song wrong about what actually happened to Sheppard so i would like to set it straight. I am from Casper Wyoming and the Matthew was involved in numerous drugs addictions including meth and got involved with the wrong people and was murdered over drug money owed. The media only focused on the fact that he was gay to make it seem like a hate crime so I don't blame anyone for not knowing the truth. Greatest band ever!
    shopion July 24, 2010   Link

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