"The Earth Will Shake" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
We dream of ways to break these iron bars
We dream of black nights without moon or stars
We dream of tunnels and of sleeping guards
We dream of blackouts in the prison yard

Heartbroken, we found a gleam of hope
Hearken to the sound, a whistle blows
Heaven sent reply, however small
Evidence of life beyond these walls
Born and bred in this machine
Wardens dread to see us dream
We hold tight to legends of
Real life, the way it was before

We dream of jailers throwing down their arms
We dream of open gates and no alarms

Look to the day the Earth will shake
These weathered walls will fall away


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"The Earth Will Shake" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentWhile we know it came from The Prudent Jailer it reminded me of Paul and Silas in prison in Acts 16 when the earthquake rips the prison walls open.
    papersunon June 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the hope for a life/world beyond our own limited, mortal one.
    Tossed_Dwarfon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song can be taken in many different ways. Its literal interpretation is about escaping the shackles of oppression, and the hope of future freedoms. I think this is especially resonant with the call and response interlude, which (as dustin points out) sounds like a chain gang, slave refrain. At the same time, though, i dont think it should be limited to something that specific in its meaning. I think it can be seen in terms of salvation and eternal life, happiness and oppressive relationships, etc. etc. Overall, a really versatile and moving song.
    wrinklybillon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin literal meaning of course, many can interpret it to be a song sang among the slaves, obviously, the way they sing it can lead you to believe this. but like wrinkly bill said....its too general (like all of thrices songs) to interpret into just one meaning, so in general its just a song about not being able to break free from what somebody has you contained in.
    avengethedeadon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenteverything in this song seems to be about a window of opportunity in the verses... it may be about enduring any sort of hardship, and waiting for an opportunity to escape it.
    causeforcelebrationon October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the line, "Heaven sent reply, however small, Evidence of life, beyond these walls" he tells of how the smallest trace of God gives him hope that there is a meaning behind the shallow facade of this world. The next line, "Born...us dream" tells us that we are raised in this world and shows how are culture does not embrace the life that we are asked to lead by Christ. Now the end begins to talk about the apocalypse, the time when Christ will come back and "the Earth will shake, these weathered walls, will fall away." I know that Dustin is a christian by the way because his brother told me when I met him at a christian camp, plus Dustin has mentioned it in several interviews and in all his songs there is a lot of biblical jargon.
    crackerann877on October 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, in responce to the previous post this song is another reference to a C.S. Lewis story, not a biblical reference, as stated in the Cd inlet. And "his brother told me when I met him at a christian camp" is hardly evidence of anything. Three members of the band are admittedly Christian. And they make some biblical references. The fact stands that Thrice isn't limited by any label, not only in their lyrics, but also in their sound. The fact is Thrice could write any kind of song and it would be absolutely perfect.
    Paper Tigerson December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere is what Dustin wrote about this in the Vheissu S.E. booklet:

    "The lyrics to this song were originally inspired by a C.S. Lewis poem (big surprise) called 'The Prudent Jailor,' and the 'black nights without moon or stars' line is pulled from the poem as well.
    Thricecubeon December 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnot the first song thirce does based on a C.S Lewis sotry/poem
    amazing.
    theperfectbreakon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love singing to this song...not that i can sing at all....i love the bridge where it sounds like a chain gang smashing rocks on the side of a road..or working in a warehouse
    septimusphoenixon December 27, 2005   Link

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