Look at our collection of hands, heads and feet to see where we’ve been. Embrace this parody: the ending of things you can believe. We’ll drive you ‘til you’re skin and bones and when we finally reach the end, you’ll fall into our open arms, accept our tears of sympathy. Make way for our emptiness. A descent that never ends ‘til the one last living thing is the next thing to go. You should know by now that we never come in peace. Endure this tragedy, wrap yourselves in our fantasies. When you think of all you’ve lost, weigh it with what you’ve gained in trade. We’ve given the greatest gift: this savior that will never rise. The Bringer of Greater Things. Creator of Brighter Days. The city cops, a sub-zero night. A midnight ride out of town. The passenger was found frozen to the snow. Our enduring legacy. We bring a better way. Our handshake crushing bone. The blankets that keep you warm, we’ve soiled with disease. The Bringer of Greater Things. Creator of Brighter Days. The hollow songs you’ll sing at the ending of your day.

(Dedicated to Rodney Naistus, Neil Stonechild and Lawrence Wegner, murdered by members of the Saskatoon Police Department.)

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    General CommentThis song talks about how Native Americans have been treated by Europeans and their descendants.

    "You should know by now that we never come in peace" has been proven again and again.

    "We've given the greatest gift: this savior that will never rise" talks about how people would consider it their "duty" to convert Native Americans to Christianity because they were considered heathens.

    The lines that talk about "the passenger was found frozen to the snow" refers to the people mentioned in the liner notes.
    pmdkhon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpmdkh is correct

    "Our handshake crushing bone" refers to all the promises that have been made and broken.

    "The blankets that keep you warm, we've soiled with disease" refers to when the settlers gave the Native Americans blankets infected with smallpox.
    fearnotofmanon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt is also focused on the murders by the Saskatoon Police Department, who would pick up indigenous kids and drop them outside city limits. In freezing, blinding and snowing weather. These were referred to as "starlight tours".
    redpatcheron June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the treatment of natives in Canada and the US, and how even in the new millenium we still screw our natives. The last bit is about "Starlight tours", where members of the Saskatoon Police Department would drive natives (being native in Saskatoon was the rough equivilant of being black in LA) to remote parts of the city and make them walk home in sub-zero prairie cold. The earliest known starlight tour occured in 1976 when an officer was suspended for taking a woman 8-month pregnant woman on a tour. The issue came to public attention around 2003; with many inquiries and inquests into the deaths of Neal Stonechild, Lawrence Wegner, and Rodney Naistus.
    coccajon July 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm from saskatoon, and they played here last night and talked about it a bit, told us to go out to the queen elizabeth power station, (where the cops left stonechild) and take off our clothes and try to walk home and see how far we get, and then try to imagine another human thinking it was possible for someone else to do that. amazing show and good song, and i feel ashamed to be in the same city as those murdering cops who walk free.
    Zoddoon March 05, 2007   Link

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