"Heaven Runs On Oil" as written by and Brandon Reilly....
Such derision when you fled
They bruised your lank shins while you were down
Some kicked the crutches from under your arms
You are one sorry story
A lost cause from conceivment
Still I like you and your thinking mind

And it's like a good book reads.
Always question your country
There's knives in their blue eyes
So read up and turn off the telly

And say you do
Say you love us like I know you will
And that our deaths won't be in vain
Or in the name of gasoline

You then displaced to Paris
Claiming your extra baggage
Mashing the fancy of your relatives
Nothing but tactfulness and peace
Outdoor resturants and coffee
Books under your arms insted of crutches.

And it's like a good book reads.
Always question your country
There's knives in their blue eyes
So read up and turn off the telly
I said read up turn off the telly

And say you do
Say you love us like I know you will
And that our deaths won't be in vain
Or in the name of gasoline

And say you do
Say you love us like I know you will
And that our deaths won't be in vain
Or in the name of gasoline

The bombs ring
We all sing, "freedom at last!"
The bombs ring
Children scream
Freedom at Last!
The bombs ring
We all sing, "freedom at last!"
The bombs ring
Freedom at last

And say that you do
Say you love us like I know you will
And that our deaths won't be in vain
Or in the name

And say you do
Say you love us like I know you will
And that our deaths won't be in vain
Or in the name of gasoline


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"Heaven Runs on Oil" as written by Brandon Reilly

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    General Commentit's about bush, and how our deaths are in vain because they are in the name of gasoline.

    the song is a just a very small portion of the whole bush adminsitration problem, but a good song none the less.
    caliginousfaceon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA disillusioned culture that begs for the approval of a craptastical administration.

    I start to get the feeling that the call in this song is Brandon's opinion that our only apparent options are to look for approval from superiors or get out of the country. The sarcastic take on this seems to whisper rebellion in the ears of anyone who listens closely to the lyrics.
    westerhiveon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere's a c c o r d i a n in it, if i'm not mistaken. . .
    *****on June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgood song
    TheShorelineon October 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLovely. Especially since in one of my political rants I ended up practically quoting them. Essentially Oil -> War -> Death. This song makes me happy.
    AlphaOmegaon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamazing song. I can't stop singing to this song. I saw them in london and i want them to come back :)
    raa9on May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf I'm not mistaken, this song also has a lot to do with World War I.
    The second verse sounds like a reference to the Lost Generation, and "there's knives in their blue eyes" could be talking about the Europeans involved in the war.
    LeSpinachon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNightmare of You is known to put small references or shoutouts to singers they like. In this song, the bombs ring part sounds just like where are you in morrisseys pashernate love. another nightmare of you song has the same exact lyrics as part of a magnetic fields song. something to be looked into.
    SolidShakeon December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was thinking it could be about the soldiers as well

    And I wonder if the references to Paris have anything to do with Frances' initial criticism of the USA when going to war
    taylortyleron October 09, 2010   Link

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