"The Fallen" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon and Benjamin Arthur Mckee....
Some say you're trouble, boy
Just because you like to destroy
All the things that bring the idiots joy
Well, what's wrong with a little destruction?

And the Kunst won't talk to you
Because you kissed St Rollox Adieu
Because you robbed a supermarket or two
Well, who gives a damn about the prophets of Tesco?

Did I see you in a limousine
Flinging out the fish and the unleavened
Turn the rich into wine
Walk on the mean
For the fallen walk among us
Walk among us
Never judge us
Yeah we're all

Up now and get 'em, boy
Up now and get 'em, boy
Drink to the devil and death at the doctors

Did I see you in a limousine
Flinging out the fish and the unleavened
Five thousand users fed today
As you feed us
Won't you lead us
To be blessed

So we stole and drank Champagne
On the seventh seal you said you never feel pain
"I never feel pain, won't you hit me again?"
"I need a bit of black and blue to be a rotation"

In my blood I feel the bubbles burst
There was a flash of fist, an eyebrow burst
You've a lazy laugh and a red white shirt
I fell to the floor fainting at the sight of blood

Did I see you in a limousine
Flinging out the fish and the unleavened
Turn the rich into wine
Walk on the mean
Be they Magdalene or virgin you've already been
You've already been and we've already seen
That the fallen are the virtuous among us
Walk among us
Never judge us to be blessed

So I'm sorry if I ever resisted
I never had a doubt you ever existed
I only have a problem when people insist on
Taking their hate and placing it on your name

Some say you're trouble, boy
Just because you like to destroy
You are the word, the word is 'destroy'
I break this bottle and think of you fondly

Did I see you in a limousine
Flinging out the fish and the unleavened
To the whore in a hostel
Or the scum of a scheme
Turn the rich into wine
Walk on the mean
It's not a jag in the arm
It's a nail in the beam
On this barren Earth
You scatter your seed
Be they Magdalene or virgin
You've already been
Yeah, you've already been
We've already seen
That the fallen are the virtuous among us
Walk among us
If you judge us
We're all damned


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"The Fallen" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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    General Commenti think it is about a morden time jesus
    yay 4 mollyon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is filled with double meanings, which is only appropriate because it functions just as well as a religious commentary (along the lines of: society is so that if Jesus came back we'd probably kill him again, and the ones fundamentalists call 'sinners' are closer to God than those who hypocritically kill in God's name) as a near-perfect party song custom-made for dance parties inhabited by outsiders such as the sinning, supermarket-robbing, hard-drinking and violent main character.

    According to Wikipedia, Kunst is the German and Dutch word for "art," so the Kunst appear to be the high and mighty who spurn the hero of this song. It is also more than likely that it is a pun on "cunts", seeing as how they regularly censor the word when playing the song live (at least on TV appearances, where the FCC may not be friendly to such a double-entendre) and the fact that Franz has dabbled in the same type of punnery in their past work (see the "Do You Want To" video where a member of the band removes the letter O from an art exhibit containing the word COUNT).

    The prophets of Tesco that the narrator spurns, playing off of the prophet/profit homonym, could either mean the funds of the supermarket branch or a sardonic name for a group of people who view the supermarket (and, by extension, capitalism) as a type of religion.

    "Five thousand users fed today" always sounded to me like "Five thousand uses for today." I still think the latter is a better and less awkward line (how often are misheard lyrics improvements?), but seeing the other double meanings and slanted pronunciations in this song, it could well be intentional. At least that's what I'm hoping.
    mrbun2729on June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it could be about how religious people tend to be hypocritical. Like, these high Christian people think they're great, and though their religion says they should be helping sinners, they don't. They judge them and avoid them, throwing them bread but not really helping them overcome their 'problems.' If St. Rollox is a church and the person kissed it adieu, in other words they left the church/religion. They took up stealing and became 'the Fallen,' which I took to mean someone fallen from society. They were no longer accepted by the religious people or the rich people. Kunst means art in German, not really sure what it means in context with the song. I think the song is saying that these fallen people are really the ones who are right. They don't judge someone because they live differently or because of religious differences. Perhaps if god or christ viewed from the eyes of the fallen, the people who hadn't helped them would be damned. Idk if this is right, but...yeah.
    maybellinaon March 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if this is a rant against conservative Christians who are discriminatory.
    Thunderbolton October 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a mate of theirs who was a bit different, someone who was very honest with themselves, and virtuous, yet he wasn't accepted by the mainstream because he was rebellious etc.

    St. Rollox is a retail park in Glasgow, where a Tesco is. Obviously their mate robbed it now and again.
    saveourcityon October 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"So I'm sorry if I ever resisted
    I never had a doubt you ever existed
    I only have a problem when people insist on
    Taking their hate and placing it on your name"

    I think the whole song is about those ultra religious people that use the name of god to commit awful crimes, discrimination and even bomb some countries.
    J06on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with rhons... "This song is so awesome. I'm fairlly certain its about sort ofr a situation if Christ were here to day and how he would shake up the establishment."

    It's something along those lines. Also notice how he sings: "You are the word, the word is 'destroy'." the Word referring to God.

    The song is obvious for the most part, but can someone explain to me: "I need a bit of black and blue to be a rotation." Took me a week to even figure out what he was singing when I first got the CD, he says it so fast. What clever alliteration. What a clever band.
    happytrashon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Chorus really sums p the whole song.

    "Did I see you in a limousine
    Flinging out the fish and the unleavened
    Turn the rich into wine
    Walk on the mean"


    The high and mighty christian types act like their better than the "Unwashed masses", treating them like dirt

    "For the fallen are the virtuous
    Walk among us
    Never judge us
    to be blessed"

    Really, "The Fallen" (those who don't follow Christ, those who have fallen from grace) are the real virtuous ones, because they don't judge on petty matters of relgion.

    "So I'm sorry if I ever resisted
    I never had a doubt you ever existed
    I only have a problem when people insist on
    Taking their hate and placing it on your name"

    This verse is very important because it explains that he doesn't mean that he doesn't beleive in God or Christ, and that he thinks the religon is fine and dandy, but what he hates is when people judge people based on religeous views, and condemn them for having their own beleifs. Killing (or just fighting) in the name of God.
    Slightly_Shinobion April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about obsession with fame. We act as if rich people are Jesus:

    "Did I see you in a limousine
    Flinging out the fish and the unleavened"
    ominousragdollon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalright-
    "Just because you like to destroy
    All the things that bring the idiots joy"

    -destruction of the tables of the money chargers at the temple
    Matthew 2:12

    "Did I see you in a limousine
    Flinging out the fish and the unleavened"
    -feeding of the 5000,
    Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 or John 6:5-15

    "Turn the rich into wine and walk on the mean"
    - (2nd?) miracle, changing water into wine
    John 2:1-12

    "Be they Magdalene or virgin you've already been"
    Mary Magdalene
    Luke 8 :2,
    and Virgin Mary

    Thats all the biblical references i could find, its not terribly surprising since Kapranos into theology.


    boysnextdooron November 27, 2008   Link

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