How vaguely we eschew complicity with You,
it's always run-arounds, excuses
and words we bind to nooses
just to sullenly let swing
the best of arbitrary things,
like, do we care about the poor?
Oh yes, but we support the king.

And we're starving for the slaughter.
A man gives up his daughter
and the walls that keep us safe aren't saving anyone.
Didn't You say
to risk everything?

And we're left dieting for more
and then we're burning on the tor
that flanks an emperor's affair.
We've hardly sacrificed before
so in manic heavenward stare
let the confession from our lungs
that as our bodies torch the air
to the fanfare and the drums,
amid drunken wild acclaim,
we have the urge to scream Your name.
and without hesitance or shame
affirm our place among the burning.
And our bodies break, confirming
our inability to remain
without an object for our yearning.

Our inability, our inability.

"Oh God, accept our spirits
into Your holy presence"


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The Lights at Nero's Party song meanings
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    General Commentthis song would be 6425 better if it wasnt fucking christian !
    xxbrokenimagexxon September 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is a historical reference to a party thrown by the then king Nero after the great fire of Rome as described by Tacitus in his annals. The party was an attempt to draw the attention away from his recklessness that led to the fire. He blamed christians, followers of a new religion then for the fires. The huge party was thrown at the the palatial gardens of the palace. As lighting was a problem for such a huge place, it is belived Nero burned christians alive on crosses to light up the party for his guests whci included the who's who of Rome.

    The indifference and hypocrisy of the general public towards this inhuman act is portrayed in this song :
    "How vaguely we eschew complicity with You,
    it's always run-arounds, excuses"
    "like, do we care about the poor?
    Oh yes, but we support the king"

    However I think the band narrates the event alternatively from the christians own indifferent self and from the view of the general public ..

    Just a slight clue I had
    Anexon September 25, 2011   Link

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