Oh, we are what we are when in danger
And we are as we stand head in hands
When a friend brings to light on a cold silver knife
You can stare your fate right into his hands
To his hands

Oh, we are what we are when we'll name to
Be the soul-owning guardians of land
And there’s always advice on a cold winter’s night
Like your dreams are just an island in the sand
Way out in the sand

Don’t it seems so strange
How it just don't change
Things just stay the same as they've always been
Some of us are out to win
And some of us are out just to aim
Just out to aim

Oh we are what we are when we're praying
In our way of seeking some light
May the mission bells still ring of the colorful dream
In the faith that everyone will be treated right

Will be treated right on a cold, cold night.
Will be treated right in a hopeless fight
Will be treated right, will be treated right
on a cold, cold, cold night
Will be treated right



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  • +2
    My InterpretationNot sure if all the lyrics are 100% correct,but to me this song has themes of betrayal, disillusionment, and how life seems both philosophical and meaningless at the same time,(hence why it was used in The Devil's Rejects):

    "We are what we are when in danger,and we are as we stand head in hands" - to me these lyrics need little interpretation.We are stripped of all basic defenses when alone,scared and vulnerable,and reduced to our most primitive of instincts...and at our most weak with head in hands we have little,if any,defenses and are at our most desperate as well as our most resourceful.

    "When a friend brings to light(life?)on a cold silver knife" - really powerful lyrics.Too often it is the one we thought was our most loyal friend who turns out to be the real enemy,or at least the false friend,which is much worse that a known enemy.Being betrayed by someone you believe is a friend and ally is far worse than any harm from an enemy.

    "You can stare your fate right into his hands" - the shock and hurt of betrayal and dishonor.Staring at fate in the hands of someone you wrongly believed to be your friend,lover,ally,confidante,etc.

    "Don't it seem so strange,how it just don't change" - speaks for itself.Either extreme you are pushed to by fate and circumstances,it's all the same,and you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.

    "In the faith that everyone will be treated right" - could be interpreted as either hope that fairness will win out or acceptance that fate has its own way and we can only dream of better things.
    ShatteredVinylon May 23, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is absolutely gorgeous! So sad, poignant, beautiful. It played on “The Devil’s Rejects”, on the scene where they were hurt and captured – the meaning fit perfectly.

    “Oh, we are what we are when in danger”

    We are reduced to our human condition when we’re in danger. No masks, no poses, no power – just our primitive selves.

    “And we are as we stand head in hands”

    When danger comes, you briefly support your head on your hands, thinking ‘Oh, sh*t.’

    “When a friend brings to light on a cold silver knife
    You can stare your fate right into his hands”

    A friend is the one betraying you and bringing you danger, threatening you with a knife, and your fate depends on him.

    “Things just stay the same as they've always been
    Some of us are out to win / And some of us are out just to aim”

    Being in this situation is almost expected... He/they always aimed for one thing, but always wound up losing. Things never went his/their way.

    “Oh we are what we are when we're praying
    In our way of seeking some light”

    Praying to find an escape, a solution for his/their life-and-death situation.

    ”May the mission bells still ring of the colorful dream
    In the faith that everyone will be treated right”

    Expecting to be treated right by his/their enemy, he knows, is just a colorful dream. It’s “a hopeless fight”. It’s over. But maybe if metaphorical bells ring and a miracle happens...
    Driftwood Girlon January 10, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General Commentwrong lyrics + idiotic meaning
    Beavis46on December 27, 2007   Link

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