"Lunatic Fringe" as written by and Thomas William Cochrane....
See you on the other side

Lunatic Fringe
I know you're out there
You're in hiding
And you hold your meetings
I can hear you comin'
I know what your after
We're wise to you this time
(Wise to you this time)
We won't let you kill the laughter

Uh huh
Uh huh
Uh huh

Lunatic fringe
In the twilight's last gleaming
This is open season
But you won't get too far
Cause you gotta blame someone
For your own confusion
We're on guard this time
(On guard this time)
Against your final solution
Oh no

Uh huh
Uh huh
Uh huh

We can hear you comin'
(We can hear you comin')
No, you're not gonna win this time
(Not gonna win)
We can hear the footsteps
(We can hear the footsteps)
Way out along the walkway
(Out along the walkway)

Lunatic fringe
We all know you're out there
Can you feel the resistance
Can you feel the thunder


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"Lunatic Fringe" as written by Thomas William Cochrane

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song appears to be a generic message to those hate groups on the fringe of society.
    The ones with a message blaming minorities or foreigners for all of the problems in the world or the ones that just want to blow someone up because they don't fit the religious/ political profile of what these "lunatics" feel is right.

    It's saying: We know you are out there and we know what you are trying to do....but we won't let you get away with it. Your going down.
    Quadraphonicon June 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Lunatic Fringe" is an old political slang expression for what today we would call "militant wingnut activist groups". Originally it referred to the far left, and was used against anarchist, socialist, and communist activists who went around blowing things up (mines, factories, etc) in the early decades of the 20th century. But it could just as easily be used against militant activists of the far right.

    "The twilight's last gleaming" is obviously a reference to "The Star Spangled Banner". So he's talking about America, not Germany.

    On careful reading I don't see any clear indication that Cochrane is either right-wing or left-wing, and it's easy to read the song both ways. Which is clever ;-)

    In its original literal sense, opposing the "lunatic fringe" would mean holding a position against the (militant) left. But the phrase "final solution" is a definite reference to the Holocaust, and this seems to indicate holding a position against the (militant) right (fascism, totalitarianism). So effectively the song is pro-centrist, and anti-radical.
    3stringovationon July 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is about the Holocaust and the rise of anti-semitism (and particulary Neo-Naziism) in the 70's and 80's. It is dedidcated to the memory of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving the lives of over 10,000 Jews, Poles, and others from Nazi concentration camps.
    kdryanon January 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI dedicate this song to ISIS

    "We can hear you coming
    No you're not gonna win this time"
    Resonationon February 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentawesome trippy song
    madhat57on February 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, this is a great song, but does anyone really know what it means? I mean, the first time I heard I thought he was saying "Lunatic Fridge", and was even more confused.

    I got this from wkipedia-
    "...is about what composer Tom Cochrane saw as an alarming rise of anti-Semitism in the 1970s, and was inspired by a book he read about Raoul Wallenberg."
    La_Grange57on March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it sounds like a song about the holocaust.


    Lunatic Fringe-
    On the edge of being insane

    I know you're out there
    You're in hiding
    And you hold your meetings
    -Nazis holding their rallies and such

    We know what you're after
    We're wise to you this time
    We won't let you kill the laughter
    -They know what's going on by this time and won't let it continue

    In the twilight's last gleaming
    -Nearing the end of the war

    This is open season
    But you won't get too far
    -At the end of WWII Hitler tried to kill as many Jews as possible knowing he had little time, but it didn't last long

    We know you've got to blame someone
    For your own confusion
    -After WWI Germany was in shame and disgrace over their lose, and Hitler took advantage of that by telling them it wasn't their fault, then he just needed someone else to blame: the Jews.

    But we're on guard this time
    Against your final solution
    -The Holocaust was refered to by Hitler as the 'Final Solution'

    But in these new dark ages
    There will still be light
    -Even in the most terrible of times, things can be put right, or as right as they will be.

    An eye for an eye
    Well, before you go under
    Can you feel the resistance
    Can you feel the...thunder
    -The quick and severe punishment of the Nazi party
    darksquall3135on May 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw him live and he said
    "This song is about standing up for what you believe in"
    never was really sure how that worked
    LetThereBeRockon November 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIf the song were more current (last couple years), I would say, based on the lyrics, that it is about the Tea Party. "You're in hiding ... holding your meetings", "Cause you gotta blame someone ... for your own confusion". Yeah, definitely could be about the Tea Party movement.
    ssejhillon September 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a good song...our my buddy and mine's theme song...hehe, get drunk in the barracks and blast some Red Rider!
    rickenbacker83on March 28, 2006   Link

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