"Dry Drunk Emperor" as written by and Babatunde O Adebimpe David Sitek....
Baby boy
Dying under hot desert sun
Watch your colours run

did you believe the lie they told you
That christ would lead the way
And in a matter of days
Hand us victory

did you buy the bull they sold you
That the bullets and the bombs
And all the strong arms
Would bring home security

all eyes upon
Dry drunk emperor
Gold cross cross jock skull and bones
Mocking smile
He's been
Standing naked for a while
Get him gone, get him gone, get him gone
And bring all the thieves to trial

end their promise
End their dream
Watch it turn to steam
Rising to the nose of some cross legged god
Gog of magog
End times sort of thing
Oh unmentionable disgrace
Shield the children's faces
As all the monied apes
Display unimaginably poor taste
In a scramble for mastery

atta' boy get em with your gun
Till mr. mega ton
Tells us when we've won
Or
What we're gonna leave undone

all eyes upon
Dry drunk emperor
Gold cross jock skull and bones
Mocking smile
He's been
Naked for a while
Get him gone, get him gone, get him gone
And bring all his thieves to trial

what if all the fathers and the sons
Went marching with their guns
Drawn on washington
That would seal the deal
Show if it was real
This supposed freedom

what if all the bleeding hearts
Took it on themselves
To make a brand new start
Organs pumpin on their sleeves
Paint murals on the white house
Feed the leaders L.S.D
Grab your fife and drum
Grab yor gold baton
And let's meet on the lawn
Shut down this hypocrisy


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"Dry Drunk Emperor" as written by David Andrew Sitek Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe

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    General Commentwow.
    slinkstersarson December 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about a dry drunk emperor, who is feeling the consequences of going against his people and using his power in the wrong way.

    dry=infertile
    drunk=incompetent
    strokesmanon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Dry drunk" equals George W. Bush, a recovering alcoholic.

    Love this. Awesome call-to-arms song.
    drunken monkeyon December 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlike drunken monkey said this is really an anti-bush administration song.

    i LOVE the last verse.
    dreame1989on February 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe band stated that they wrote this song in response to Hurricane Katrina, they said:

    "we ( tvotr ) were back in the studio thinking and feeling again and made this song for all our everybody... in the absence of a true leader we must not forget that we are still together.... hearts are sick ... minds must change ... it is our hope that this song inspires, comforts, fosters courage, and reminds us... this darkness cannot last if we work together. let us help each other... heal each other .... look after one another ... the human heart is our new capitol.... this song is for you.... us.....we....them... it is free. pass it on.

    TO THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA : NEW YORK CITY'S HEART IS WITH YOU... STAY STRONG ! WE LOVE YOU. -tvotr"


    the beauty of this song makes me cry.... anyway, is there some parts missing in these lyrics?
    sandon February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's not just about our current president. it's about leaders of all levels.
    josmduon May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the Bob Dylan allusion: "he's been standing naked for a while!"

    While preachers preach of evil fates
    Teachers teach that knowledge waits
    Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
    Goodness hides behind its gates
    But even the president of the United States
    Sometimes must have
    To stand naked.
    From It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
    LosEndoson August 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirstly, it is about bush and not other leaders, the lyrics are specific about that and secondly the "he's been standing naked for a while" alludes to the "emperor has no clothes" rather than dylan.
    stunning lyrics and how refreshing to not have the message wrapped up in metaphors - so blatant!
    derykon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits clearly about bush. im suresome of this could be applied to katrina but i think most of it is specific to iraq. the first two lines seem to refer to the loss of life/innocence in iraq with the image of a baby dying ("under the desert sun").

    did you believe the lie they told you,
    that christ would lead the way
    and in a matter of days
    hand us victory?

    these lyrics definitely describe bush's attitude going into iraq and how his religous radicalism aided his decision.

    atta' boy get em with your gun
    till mr. mega ton
    tells us when we've won
    or
    what we're gonna leave undone.

    here they adress how at this point even if we leave iraq we're just going to be leaving a country we've torn to pieces and ignited civil war upon.

    im sure i've offended people with my interpretation. its just what i think.
    nebulasinbloomon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am just listening to this song now for the first time. It is another great song by this amazing band. The lyrics are obviously talking about George W. Bush. It could easily be refrenced to other leaders but the White House and 'dry drunk emperor' pretty much seal the deal. Don't believe everything you're told. Demand a change! I recommend Mike Gravel for President.
    kristaseleneon July 06, 2007   Link

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