Had they been the ones dying under the cooking sun, picking through the dust, scratching at the barren earth, had it been THEIR insides spilling into the sand, they’d see on cracking land their spirit cannot triumph. Take a breath. Sit back and relax. Enjoy your moment of peace. You’ll soon be back in the middle. Prepare for this one to make you flinch in disbelief. When you catch a glimpse of those just following the paths that got us to where we are. Who are these human shadows with still-beating hearts? Scratching at the door to our paradise. Why do corpses litter the road? Who are these humans? So this is paradise. Beyond the distant hands of the world. Here we all think we don’t belong but still bow our heads to our Emperors. Is this all there is? Maybe we really have nothing to say. Maybe we truly are just shallow and lame and we’re all just waiting for the end, the spectacle, or some kind of catastrophe to bring us back to earth to stun our ever nodding heads. To introduce us once again to the one incorruptible as she flushes us from her veins. Kills us to live again. In case you wonder - I’m not trying to be cynical. I know how you feel - If your life’s disconnect. In case you wonder - “What the fuck’s wrong with me?” If it all makes sense you’re the furthest fucking gone. They’ve got badges that they cover with their hands while they’re bashing your fucking head. They’ve got graveyards that they’ll fill with that head if you start getting anywhere. I won’t pretend that we’re on the winning end. But when did that matter before anyway? That never mattered before anyway.


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    General CommentHad they been the ones dying under the cooking sun, picking through the dust, scratching at the barren earth, had it been THEIR insides spilling into the sand, they’d see on cracking land their spirit cannot triumph.

    I'm thinking this intitial wording is about putting those in power in place of the "illegals" that try to find a better place in developed countries. I'm not sure about "their spirit cannot triumph", maybe it is related to the various speeches world leaders give on the human spirit and overcoming tragedy in really horrible situation?

    Prepare for this one to make you flinch in disbelief. When you catch a glimpse of those just following the paths that got us to where we are. Who are these human shadows with still-beating hearts? Scratching at the door to our paradise. Why do corpses litter the road? Who are these humans? So this is paradise. Beyond the distant hands of the world.

    I know for sure this is about more immigration, or more bluntly, escape. This paradise is probably relating to East Timor (sp?) or another country near the ocean with a good tourism climate; yet, these countries have huge gaps between the rich and poor and their governments commit terrible crimes against the average person.

    Here we all think we don’t belong but still bow our heads to our Emperors.

    I believe this is talking about our opposition in North America. We think everything is so fucked up and we do so much armchair preaching. Still, we fail to act out against these horrible injustices. If it really mattered to us, we wouldn't take any of this sitting down and direct action would rule our lives.

    Is this all there is? Maybe we really have nothing to say. Maybe we truly are just shallow and lame and we’re all just waiting for the end, the spectacle, or some kind of catastrophe to bring us back to earth to stun our ever nodding heads.

    I guess this is about us feeling important in our stuggle. Maybe we aren't any different and it's all for nothing? Maybe we're just better off dead instead of never being able to do enough to make things really change, to REALLY make a difference.

    To introduce us once again to the one incorruptible as she flushes us from her veins. Kills us to live again.

    The one incorruptible- maybe that's mother earth? She's killing us to survive.

    In case you wonder - I’m not trying to be cynical. I know how you feel - If your life’s disconnect. In case you wonder - “What the fuck’s wrong with me?” If it all makes sense you’re the furthest fucking gone.

    In case you wonder, he's not trying to be a hopeless pessimist and not believe in human triumph. It's weird that those of us truly for one human race and those of us that truly view most people as our brothers and sisters, that we suffer the most for it. It's saying not to worry, that if nothing makes sense and you feel a pain in your stomach everytime you look at the news and see more corporate control and dominance over the world- that is okay! that if you don't panic at the state of the world, then you're wrong. you're broken. it's not us, it's you that needs to open your eyes.

    They’ve got badges that they cover with their hands while they’re bashing your fucking head. They’ve got graveyards that they’ll fill with that head if you start getting anywhere.

    Police (at least in America) have been caught on tape covering their badges while beating mostly African American suspects. And obviously, usually the prevailing order begins a round of oppression once you start making a viable resistance movement to fight their system which makes them riches at the cost of the blood, sweat, and life of the world's common person. AIM was just one victim.

    I won’t pretend that we’re on the winning end. But when did that matter before anyway? That never mattered before anyway.

    The ending of this song seems to have the singer resolve back to the fight. He, or if a girl wrote the lyrics, or she decides that we've always held despair over winning or losing this fight against injustice (justice is relative i guess), oppression, and violence used to put the majority of the world's population down. He/she recognizes the importance of character and strength of heart in keeping on the struggle despite the obvious feelings of a lack of real progress.
    redpatcheron April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI kinda think this song is about social progressive struggle (that propagandhi highly are engaged in). And this song is about when they disconnect from that and disconnect that and stop in the fight and look at their lifes and everything.

    But the song also starts with and describes the reasons and reminders as for why they are engaged in it i think and do it and are who they are. I'm not sure just what exactly it describes though (if that's what it does). But i'm thinking it could be about war, famine, immigration, complete enviromental devastation perhaps or all in all. And yeah then putting people who don't have to suffer through that and because of that(maybe even people who create it) in the ones who get to suffer from it's place.

    "Had they been the ones dying under the cooking sun, picking through the dust, scratching at the barren earth, had it been THEIR insides spilling into the sand, they’d see on cracking land their spirit cannot triumph." e.t.c.

    "Prepare for this one to make you flinch in disbelief. When you catch a glimpse of those just following the paths that got us to where we are. Who are these human shadows with still-beating hearts? Scratching at the door to our paradise. Why do corpses litter the road? Who are these humans? So this is paradise."

    This i'm kinda thinking could be when he just sits back and relaxes for a while and looks at the movement and sees other people "at the beggining of the road" that he's gone far down. Also really it seems like outside the struggle and the struggle aside propagandhi seem like quite depressed people (could be totally wrong though i guess). Which could explain why at "life in disconnect" he "flinches in disbelief" and can't really believe why someone else would walk down the same path and would want to get to where he is at the time more than anything, "paradise". Afterall "ignorance is bliss".

    "So this is paradise. Beyond the distant hands of the world. Here we all think we don’t belong but still bow our heads to our Emperors. Is this all there is?"

    I'm thinking could be the punkrock scene and/or a progressive movement standing outside of society. "Here we all think we don’t belong but still bow our heads to our Emperors" would make that make sense at least kinda, could be about how punks often don't think or feel they belong in society and the punkrock scenes willingess to despite that still play along with and conform to society and it's rules (within the capitalist system). "Is this all there is?" could be him questioning it all, feeling kinda dissapointed perhaps asking if there isn't and shouldn't be more.

    "Maybe we really have nothing to say. Maybe we truly are just shallow and lame and we’re all just waiting for the end, the spectacle, or some kind of catastrophe to bring us back to earth to stun our ever nodding heads. To introduce us once again to the one incorruptible as she flushes us from her veins."

    Could be about him looking at the movement and just seeing another fad/trend that everyone has got all caught up and stuck in and disillusioned in perhaps. And him not quite being able to believe in it or feeling it and questioning it, not being sure if it is any more real then the society he didn't/don't feel part of and everything he dissasociated himself from in the first place.

    "To introduce us once again to the one incorruptible as she flushes us from her veins." The one incorruptible must be mother earth herself, basically "bringing us down to earth again". "Kills us to live again." Since we're basically killing her so and not respecting her the way we should. Caught up,dissilusioned in our own worlds/lifes thinking we're bigger then life/earth itself.

    "In case you wonder - I’m not trying to be cynical. I know how you feel - If your life’s disconnect. In case you wonder - “What the fuck’s wrong with me?” If it all makes sense you’re the furthest fucking gone" Well the line saying "if it all makes sense you're the furthest fucking gone" pretty much says it all here i think. Basically saying it's just natural or normal to question the meaning in what you're doing and what's going on and such and have doubts, it's worse if we'd never ever do that or would have any doubts at all and question nothing ("Then we're the furthest fucking gone"). So basically meaning if we have doubts we're perhaps still in fact on the right track afterall.

    "They’ve got badges that they cover with their hands while they’re bashing your fucking head. They’ve got graveyards that they’ll fill with that head if you start getting anywhere." I think this means that as soon as we try to or take another road away from society from "the norm" and stop on that road perhaps we'll get filled with shit to make us question ourselves and feel fucked, and we get it from the very same "people" we're fighting perhaps, and it's being done on purpose perhaps. It's a scary thing not being part of the norm and if your life's at "disconnect" you can start to question what you really are (other for sure will as soon as you stop) and it and society will start to fuck you up as soon as you stop on that "road" ("bash your head"). And it will show you and you'll see other really bad examples of people who also tried to stray outside society and do something different. Fucked up people, sick people perhaps, dead people perhaps, troubled people. One interesting thing here e.t.c. as i see it, is that like out of all punk/progressive music, the only one that makes it to the mainsteam media really is depressed/sad/fucked up music it seems to me. Meaning they perhaps get used and use them as tools to fuck up and frigthen people from straying outside the frame/norm of society/the statous que and trying to do something themselves, a change - They're "the heads" in the graveyard. And they bash people's head hard as soon as they start to get anywhere, like purposely planting a virus kinda.

    "I won’t pretend that we’re on the winning end. But when did that matter before anyway? That never mattered before anyway." Saying it's not for the glory you do it really or just for yourself and to get celebrated and win a fucking prize and make a million bucks or whatever. You do it cause you think it is what's right, a conviction perhaps, staying true to your ideals, it's what you believe in. And that's why you do it.

    If it's glory and shit in that and if that doesn't make it kinda "glorious" in itself i guess you can argue though.....

    Again this are just my thoughts on it, could aswell be and maybe is about imigration (to) though i guess. But i think this is an interesting perspective to on it. Propagandhi has some amazing lyrics.
    St.Catastropheon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso another thing i realised that would perhaps make sense. Don't you usually wear a badge by/on your heart? Which would mean that if you cover it with your hand then... you're doing the patriotic shit.
    St.Catastropheon November 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentet cetera is abbrieviated etc., not e.t.c.
    xforkylelifesakexon July 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is an anti-war song

    "Had they been the ones dying under the cooking sun, picking through the dust, scratching at the barren earth, had it been THEIR insides spilling into the sand, they'd see on cracking land their spirit cannot triumph.

    He's saying that if the politicians and generals were the ones fighting then they would realize that they cannot win any war or use war to get whatever they want. He then cuts to talking about how in our society (western cultures like America and Canada), even though we're supposed to believe we're free and non oppressed, we all feel disconnected and unhappy and still bow to emperors.

    He concludes that he's not trying to be a downer, but everyone is so disconnected from the truth (that we live in an unhappy world and a tyrannical state) and if society makes sense to you then you're messed up. He won't pretend that the citizens are on the winning end, because that never made anything different anyways.
    epicmikenomoreon June 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe first point to make is that this tune is sung by Todd the Rod and his faaaaaaaaaavourite issue is refugees as he works with a lot of refugee support groups.

    So the refugees are the ones dying under the sun and scratching at our paradise. They want a road to the west.

    It's a hard one to translate this one with no clear point or dialogue. You get the vibe that if anyone in power in the west, presidents, journos, politicians, judges etc etc had to suffer what any refugees suffer (dying under the cooking sun etc) our policy around borders and illegal arrivals would be starkly different.

    The shit at the end I read as absolute frustration at not being able to make a positive change for these peoples plight (I wont pretend that we are on the winning end) .

    Tough one, but a great tune.
    tikgodzillaon June 06, 2014   Link

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