"Nautical" as written by and Moe Carlson Arif Mirabdolbaghi....
The day that civil glory dismembered my civility
I could have parted ribs and flesh like a different kind of Red Sea
Drowned the ancient east in western progress
Custom and the least of all our pride and sentiments
Which turned out to be the closest thing to a fashion trend
That's ever been bulletproof
Which turned out to be the closest thing to a fashion trend
That's ever been put on trial
The rest was cast off as denial of statehood and mastery;
The ultimate form of treason is the treacherous use of reason
Employed by the bastard sons of American fore-fathers who keep this fire burning
With the flesh of their would-be American daughters, daughters, daughters, daughters!!

What will happen to our children when the least of us pass on?
Us who fought the monsters of our country's crowded closet
Us who dropped the bombs on goodness when we saw it wasn't flawless
Us whose youthful life was hostage to what harm did
Us who fought the hardest to be swept under the carpet

And I'm still a cigarette softly smoking on the edge of a metal ashtray
I begged this place to let me burn, and it whispered, "burn away"


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"Nautical" as written by Lucas Hoskin Arif Mirabodlbaghi

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    General CommentWhich turned out to be the closest thing to a fashion trend
    That's ever been bulletproof
    this is wrong the line is "that's ever been put on trial"
    dfa1979on June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite PTH song
    farewellregreton February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah awesome song
    linkslaysallon May 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is sooo insane i love the whole album i love the band! this song is defiantly one of my fav's along with bury the hatchet and blindfolds aside
    Metal4Lifeon May 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt does say that on the cd, but on the cover they dont mention it, so i guess you could put it there if you want
    Milen15on August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentaight so yea this is a concept album in case u didnt know
    i think the "fashion trend" part is talking about Kezia going against a dictator,(or someone important in a corrupt gov't, which is what i think her crime was) and i think the first half of the song is describing what her trial was like. the second half might be the guard worrying about the future of the country
    fender2834on November 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe what the guard means by

    "I'm still a cigarette softly smoking on the edge of a metal ashtray
    I begged this place to let me burn, and it whispered, "burn away"

    is that his life is like a cigarrette, because it doesn't move a long smoothly, it burns to ashes until it goes out. And he's so miserable that all he asks is to be allowed to continue burning, and this prison or government that he works for acts like that's some big priveledge. This is ultimately why he has to kill Keziah, to keep his family fed.
    mrjackon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh yeah, this also explains the line " a sin that fed my children and burned my smiles and cigarettes" in blindfolds aside
    mrjackon November 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbout the "i'm still a cigarette softly smoking on a metal ashtray, i begged the place to let me burn and it whispered 'burn away'".

    This song is the prison guard/gunman speaking about his horrible inner dilemna he faced when having to execute Kezia who is seen as a "messiah" or "martyr" in this album. The cigarette is significant because they kill people, as does the prison guard. However, a cigarette smoking on a metal ashtray kills no one, because it is not doing it's job... it's not being smoked. And so after the gunman killed keia (the cigarette was smoked) he retired and just burned away the rest of his life... (did nothing his life was just a cigarette burning away for the rest of his time)

    as far as the "which turned out to be the closest thing to a fashion trend that was ever put on trial" this refers to the line before it which mentions customs and the least of our pride and sentiments. This is suggesting that Kezia's crime had to do with our social customs and morality. Since customs and morality are relative... (they can change over time and place for example adulterly used to be a capital crime, today it is legal) the fashion trends are our morals as they change over time. These theme of morals being tried comes up many times in this album. another way they say this is "never ask us to define our morals" doesn't get more plain than that
    proteston September 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The ultimate form of treason is the treacherous use of reason
    Employed by the bastard sons of American fore-fathers who keep this fire burning
    With the flesh of their would-be American daughters, daughters, daughters, daughters!!
    "

    That's an AMAZING line.
    Snhron December 05, 2007   Link

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