I have the tapes
I have the plan of a clockwork man
He was happy to walk
Where I always ran

When I'm orchestrated, automated, decimated, regulated
From three folls' creek
From underground by a despot man and a clown

If you choose to walk instead with a clockwork man
Map of warm roads in his concrete hand

Tell me, does he miss reeling?
Does he miss falling?
Can he take you where the boom bands play?
When you're underground
Can he read the sounds
And chase the Hakken-Kraks away?


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Fire Engine on Fire pt.II song meanings
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    General CommentFirst heard this song while living in Houston on KTRU. I find the organ dissonance to be utterly perfect; very reminiscent of Archive. To me this song is suicide in motion.
    rogerlioon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about one's heart becoming numb after being broken too many times (or perhaps just one). There's this guy that doesn't fall in love out of fear, thus he never gets his heart broken. He always keeps his cool, he walks ("I always ran") through warm roads, he doesn't fall, he is in fact like a clockwork man. He is always in control.

    In the last strophe the methods of this clockwork man are questioned. Yeah, he never gets hurt, he never falls, but, doesn't he miss that? Doesn't he miss loving at the risk of getting hurt? Doesn't he miss losing control? Because love, my friends, is all about losing control. Can he really take "you" (some girl, I imagine) where the boombands play? Can he show the beautiful things in life being the way he is (all numb)? I believe not.

    I don't know if I made myself clear, English is not my mother tongue and I always have a hard time trying to be clear. I think I just repeated the lyrics. Well, I hope you get my point. Great song by way. And remember, loving is always worth the risk of falling.
    Abel Tumacácorion April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat the hell are Hakken-Kraks?? is that a dr. seuss reference?? I'm really not sure if that's what he's saying, but I don't think I can do much better...
    milk_and_honeyon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentboom bands and hakken-kraks are from Oh the places you’ll go by Dr. Suess.

    "Somehow you’ll escape
    all that waiting and staying.
    You’ll find the bright places
    Where Boom Bands are playing."


    "But on you will go
    though the weather be foul.
    On you will go
    though your enemies prowl.
    On you will go
    Though the Hakken-Kraks howl"
    loveUregardlesson August 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing i love that weird wavering noise in the background
    Sunset Rubdownon November 25, 2007   Link

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