"Exodus Damage" as written by and John Vanderslice....
I'll see you next fall
At another gun show
I'll call the day before, like usual

But I wanted so much more
I got exodus damage bleed,
Could not commit, some things I'll never be

So now we're talking about this
I'm starting to lose my confidence
No one ever says a word about
So much that happens in the world

Dance dance revolution
All we're gonna get
Unless it falls apart
So I say: go go go, go down
Let it fall down
I'm ready for the end

So the second plane hit at 9:02
I saw it live on a hotel tv, talking on my cell with you
You said this would happen, and just like that, it did
Wrong about the feeling, wrong about the sound
But right to say we would stand down

An hour went by without a fighter in the sky
You said there's a reason why
So tell me now, I must confess
I'm not sick enough to guess

Dance dance revolution
All we're gonna get
Unless it falls apart
So I say: go go go, go down
Let it fall down
I'm ready for the end

So you hope that one person
Could solve everything
And for me, that's you
Sometimes that dream
Is a sad delusion
But sometimes it's true

So now we're talking about this
I'm starting to lose my confidence
No one ever says a word about
So much that happens in the world

Dance dance revolution
All we're gonna get
Unless it falls apart
So I say: go go go, go down
Let it fall down
I'm ready for the end


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"Exodus Damage" as written by John Vanderslice

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    General Comment"There are definitely some 9-11 refrences in this song."

    so the second plane hit at 9:02

    You think?
    dagwoodon August 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfrom Vanderslice himself, the song makes more sense now... Michael Fortier, by the way, worshipped McVeigh:

    an erstwhile anti-government militant regrets his shaky commitment to the cause. but is his emotional connection to a mentor about more than politics?

    for every dozen michael fortiers, there is only one timothy mcveigh.
    --
    title from "black and brown blues" by the silver jews:
    "rub out the catlight,
    rub out the village
    red and white exit light
    that's exodus damage
    why don't people think of who they use?
    why don't you try and come and get me: black and brown blues"
    yep1on April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a cool damn song. it's the first i've heard of this guy.
    imajaron February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA disenfranchised youth who plays video games but dreams of bringing down governments.
    wraton March 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing. it definitely makes more sense now.
    weezerific:cutleryon May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"There are definitely some 9-11 refrences in this song."

    so the second plane hit at 9:02

    You think?
    dagwoodon August 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOOSE CHANGE MOTHER FUUUUKERSSSS

    thats what this song about
    soadnoton November 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohn Vanderslice is a songwriter whose best songs are about more than one thing at a time. Yes, this song is about 9-11. And about Timothy McVeigh and domestic right-wing terrorists and militia. And about fascism. And about conspiracy, propaganda, religion, government corruption, and the intersection of interpersonal relationships and political acts and beliefs.

    This song was also my first exposure to Vanderslice, and everything else of his work I've heard since has also been consistently excellent. My current fave Vanderslice song is a recent discovery: "They Won't Let Me Run" from his 2004 album "Cellar Door".

    If you've got an iTunes acount and a spare dollar, go buy "They Won't Let Me Run" now. You will deem it a dollar very well spent, I warrant.
    Delysidon September 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKeep your "truther" bullshit away from this amazing song. Even if your cause was valid thats not what this song is about.
    tomStrangeloveon January 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for posting that yep1.

    I get the impression from this song that the second thoughts the singer is having in the song is a result of seeing the 9/11 attacks on television. Watching such grotesque violence only makes his cause seem even more senseless. His mentor (and lover?) seems to disagree ("wrong about the feeling, wrong about the sound") with this conclusion, but agrees to put their plans on hold ("right to say we should stand down").
    Hinotorion April 17, 2008   Link

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