I am a robot
Here to systematically defeat all of the human race
With weapons of light and sounds
Designed to confuse your little simple minded brains
And I am a god, I'm a machine
And I am playing all of you

Well this is a fire
And this is a flood
This is what drowning looks like from above
And this was a city
And now it's the sea
This is what helplessness looks like to me

I am an airplane
I fly like superheroes but I'm different cuase I'm made of steel
And peices of paper
With letters of love being thrown without a care
Somewhere deep into outerspace
Blown WAY out of proportion

So pray for our sinners now and at the hour of their death
One nation under water is all that there was left
So pray for our SINNERS now and at the hour of their death
Starts with a "K," ends with an "A," it was a storm, it was a beautiful fucking storm

...and your paper before you go

I am a robot
Won't you leave the papers right before you go


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New Orleans, Rest In Peace song meanings
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    General CommentThis song was written right after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. What I really like about this is that it's sooo well written. It's not like a cheesy song like some people would write. I love Drew for writing such a great song. This is one of their best songs to dated.
    RareImperfectionon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto date*
    RareImperfectionon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt was actually written before Katrina, its about getting out of your hometown and becoming big.
    ksdusce15on February 08, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"So pray for our SINNERS now and at the hour of their death
    Starts with a "K," ends with an "A," it was a storm, it was a beautiful fucking storm"

    Maybe it was partially written before Katrina but they added this later...
    xcrazyxbunnyxon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo I'm pretty sure it was written after Katrina. I know this cuz I'm close friends with the band. Also the fist performance of this song was on acoustic during a KLSU radio interview a few months after Katrina.
    RareImperfectionon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely written after Katrina hit and devastated New Orleans.
    KingALRockon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthe deffinately doesnt say it was a beautifal fucking storm

    starts with a k ends with an a was a beautiful beautiful storm{album version}

    the other version doesnt even have that part
    ledzeppelin777on September 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust to clear things up about the origin of the song...

    I was at the show in baton rouge when they played this song live for the first time. it was in october/november of 2005 (it was a awhile ago, i can't remember the exact month).

    I have the original version of the song and the original lyrics. Although, there is not as blunt of a reference as "starts with a k ends with an a was a beautiful beautiful storm," there are other references to katrina. Drew also said at the show that it was written about hurricane katrina.

    I believe this song is a reference to the blunders, FEMA foul-ups, and the general cavalier attitude of some government officials towards to storm, in particular President George W. Bush and Former Governor Katherine Blanco

    It seems to written from the perspective of one flying over the inundated New Orleans ("And this is a flood
    This is what drowning looks like from above"). The mood set by the lyrics that follow suggest that the person seeing the destruction is not really concerned with any of it ("With letters of love being thrown without a care"), is in a position of power in which the necessary help could be provided but isn't ("And I am a god, I'm a machine
    And I am playing all of you"), and feels that since the situation doesn't personally effect the him/her, it's not such a big deal ("Blown WAY out of proportion").

    Also, the "Blown WAY out of proportion" could also be the reference the the media sensationalism that was followed the aftermath of the storm.

    I hope that answers some questions that people have been asking. this is a great song and Meriwether is an even greater band. It's only a matter of time before they hit it big. It would do the music industry some good to have a little Louisiana flavor...
    trothe1on December 03, 2008   Link

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