"Violence" as written by and William Robert Byrne....
Lock the door to your room
Pray they don't find us
Pray they don't kick it down
Oh you've been keeping secrets
And these kind of lies
Have consequences

So many possibilities
For this to all end badly
It's almost guaranteed
Nothing but shame and paranoia
A slightly desperate feeling
To calm you to sleep

What could we have done
To deserve a violence like this
What could we have done
To deserve a violence like this

Watch a lot coming under the door
Listen for footsteps coming down the hall
No you don't know why ?
Just know how it feels
And there's nothing they can do or say
To change anything

And if you don't understand it
I am not sorry at all
Ain't no heaven or hell that
Could tell us we are wrong

What could we have done
To deserve a violence like this
What could we have done
To deserve a violence like this

What could we have done
To deserve a violence like this
What could we have done
To deserve a violence like this


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"Violence" as written by William Robert Byrne

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  • +1
    General Commenthmmmmmmmmmmm

    to me this song reminds me of ann franke and the nazi's ..... maybee tom gabel is jewish ?

    lock the door to your room attic
    pray they don't find us they= nazis
    pray they don't kick it down
    oh you've been keeping secrets ppl hiding them
    and these kind of lies
    have consequences
    so many possibilities
    for this to all end badly
    it's almost guaranteed
    nothing but shame and paranoia
    a slightly desperate feeling
    to calm you to sleep

    what could we have done we= jews
    to deserve the violence like this) holocust

    and we'll watch a lot
    coming under the door
    listen for footsteps
    coming down the hall
    are you gonna wake up screaming
    through a slit throat
    young flesh searing
    on a twin mattress
    but it doesn't have to be
    the way things end
    we don't have to give up just yet
    mike_2613on June 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's pretty hilarious to look at the comments below, in light of Laura's transition and coming out.

    This album should have put her in the world's most transparent closet, but somehow nobody put it all together ^_^
    Sunr(eal)iseon May 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song on the new cd!
    alliebeeon September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy guess: Murder. Whose? Not sure. Anyone's I guess. Always reminds me of "In Cold Blood" (the book).
    BrokenRepublicon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about being lied to and about, then hiding from the lies as they attack. Attack Violently.
    Aquintesceon April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm thinking this is about hate crimes. "oh you've been keeping secrets and these kinds of lies have consequences" i.e. you're gay and we know it and it's wrong so we're going to kill you.

    shame, paranoia...it all ties into the hate crime theme.
    screamofthecropon August 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about domestic abuse.
    The implication that it's specifically child abuse.
    If anyone has ever suffered or been around domestic abuse, this conveys a very personal sentiment concerning it. From a psychological standpoint, I'd say that whichever member wrote this song has probably suffered domestic abuse or known someone very personally who has.
    The use of the term "young flesh searing on a twin mattress" is an implication of a child pretending to be asleep while the "footsteps
    coming down the hall" of the abusive parent approach.
    You can play this song very well over a muted video of Aerosmith's "Janey's Got a Gun" for an illustrative example...
    zuchinnoon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, I just played the song to the video muted, and it syncs up perfectly, and that's really creepy.
    Here:
    youtube.com/…
    Try it^^.
    Just start the song and then a second later start the video.
    zuchinnoon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh wait, no, it's this version.
    youtube.com/…
    zuchinnoon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti figured prison, honestly, but the child abuse angle seems to be appropriate too.
    viciousdon May 03, 2007   Link

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