Is this life? To stand here and wait. In this city forged of scraps. Is this life? To stand on the dead. On feces and sweat. Is this life? It’s all starting again. Quick, gather your belongings and go. Run while it’s still dark. Out here you’re as good as dead. Leave the shots echoing behind. Don’t look back until you run out of land. When you think there’s a second that you can’t be seen, the current can decide how this night will end. Don’t try to imagine what’s ahead. Let nothing cripple your will. You will cross enormous distance only to arrive with nothing. You will give all you have. If you navigate your way with endurance and success, if you pass the obstacles and still have your life, if you’ve escaped death, if your guts haven’t withered away, if you haven’t broken under the strain. They won’t be welcoming. They forget a time when their land was swelling. A monstrous movement across the sea. When she relieved her bowels all over the world. Don’t try to imagine what’s ahead. Let nothing cripple your will. Just follow the paths that they cut into the earth right back to their door.


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    General CommentI am left some-what baffled at the meaning of this song. Perhaps delving into the genocide that is occuring right now in Darfur, or maybe predating back to the Rwandan genocide?

    Help out if someone has a firm idea or insight from the band.
    heretical pacifiston April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about oppressed people who emigrate over long distances to try to make a better life for themselves and their families only to face racism when they arrive in what they thought would be a better place.
    punkpirateon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't understand "when she relieved her bowels all over the world"
    redpatcheron June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRelieving her bowels all over the world sounds like it has to do with a flood. But, looking closer, I think it might have to do with the spread of European colonialism.
    ohp-kyleon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is heavily influenced by the book Human Cargo.

    "Is this life? To stand here and wait. In this city forged of scraps.?"

    This refers to refugees; who live in a perpetual state of waiting - waiting to be accepted or refused their refugee status and relocated to a new country.

    " Is this life? To stand on the dead. On feces and sweat. Is this life"

    Fairly accurate description of most refugee camps; from Africa to Australia.

    "t’s all starting again. Quick, gather your belongings and go. Run while it’s still dark. Out here you’re as good as dead. Leave the shots echoing behind. Don’t look back until you run out of land."

    Refugee camps are often ill-protected; this line seems to describe the plight of Palestinian refugees; whose camps are often attacked by Israeli forces. Refugee camps following the Rwandan genocide were also notoriously dangerous.

    "When you think there’s a second that you can’t be seen, the current can decide how this night will end. Don’t try to imagine what’s ahead. Let nothing cripple your will. You will cross enormous distance only to arrive with nothing. You will give all you have."

    Describing the horrors of flight, outrunning border guards, travelling through dangerous terrain, etc.

    "If you navigate your way with endurance and success, if you pass the obstacles and still have your life, if you’ve escaped death, if your guts haven’t withered away, if you haven’t broken under the strain. They won’t be welcoming. ."

    Addresses the failure of developed nations to live up to their own (very low, at that) standards for immigration intake.

    "They forget a time when their land was swelling"

    Points out the hypocracy of a nation founded on immigration due to persecution employing such repressive policies.

    "A monstrous movement across the sea. When she relieved her bowels all over the world."

    I believe this refers specifically to British colonialism; "she" being England.
    coccajon July 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Just follow the paths that they cut into the earth right back to their door."

    This is my favourite line of the song and indeed the whole album. To me it basically endorses and encourages people from the poorer, oppressed countries...refugees/IDPs etc to go back along all the trade routes/motorways etc that have been cut into the earth by the US/UK etc in order to take away their resources. They were happy to take away minerals but not humans. So mr/mrs pissed off person...go back and share some of the wealth that you rightfully deserve. i welcome them to the UK.
    mellortronon September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is probably wrong but I always thought this song was about an attempt to escape societal pressures and expectations to start something for yourself.

    "This city forged of scraps. Stand on the dead. On feces and sweat."

    I took this to mean America which was built on the sweat and blood of African slaves.

    And now you see a chance to escape and forge a meaningful life for yourself. So it takes great dedication, pain, anguish to get to a point where you can build something for yourself without subjugating others to do your will.

    But as you arrive at this point, there is authority and organized government directing you back into your line. And those who are in charge have forgotten what it's like to want to build something for yourself.

    So even if you think you've found a way out, you are just following a path that they've already cut and planned for you and you arrive right where they want you.

    ggjjtton March 04, 2015   Link

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