you're alive
thanks to a strange chain of events
that started with the death of ever saying yes
all the wars and their warriors
wanted a piece of you
in your living room.

i'm alive
after a time of riots and rides
that ended with smack
of gates into theirs clasps.

all the dates that they throw at you
were somebody else's stab
at your lineage.

we're alive
thanks to a light
shone in the night
that found an airship in its sights.
in the crossfire
your grandfather cried to your mother.

all the bombs that avoided you
had somebody else's name
drawn on the chalkboard in haste.
it was a clerical mistake.

when you first saw it you were in a stroller,
flailing your arms at the dogs and the bees.
they could have bit you but you looked so happy.
they could have snapped but they showed you mercy.
and come to think of it, i never once heard, "no."
from the day you were called you've been walking through the walls.
shot through a canon, you've landed in a flowerbed.
guarded by invisible friends.
guarded and invisible.

Lyrics submitted by 5ive2wo1ne, edited by rockaction

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    General Comment"all the bombs that avoided you had somebody else's name scrawled on the clipboard in haste. it was a clerical mistake."

    I just discovered this band tonight and this was the first song I heard. Those lines seem so sad.
    thejayschon December 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis beautiful song just reminds me that it's an anomaly that any of us are here, alive, so we should appreciate it, because thoughout the existence of life on this planet, all the odds have been against us. it reminds me that i came from somewhere.... from somebody... and they came from somebody.... and so on.
    brilliantmesson February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment5ive2wo1ne, next time, could you write in lines? It may be a non-rhyming paragraph, but as this is a song with lyrics, it is still poetry. And if you're on, I think you were my neighbour a few times.
    tastemakeron February 28, 2007   Link
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    My Opinion"thanks to a strange chain of events that started with the death of ever saying yes"

    Elvis? Really?
    doommulleton May 18, 2011   Link

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