"When They Came For Us" as written by and Jeremy Dawson....
Why are the robots so sad?
We're not in trouble anymore, anyway
And no more synthetic fighting
They stopped the right thing after today.

When they took the beach that day
They stole the children, took them away
And I miss everyone, but most of all the little ones
And the shiny toy guns.

Each and everyone of us still pray
Hoping for evidence
Looking for clues
All the robotic families, searching the circuitry
For what remains.

When they took the beach that day
They stole the children, took them away
And I miss everyone, but most of all the little ones
And the shiny toy guns.

I remember mother that day
When her tears woke us so quietly
From our dreams
She told us, that father's sleeping
And he is watching from far away.

And the shiny toy guns.

When they took the beach that day
They stole the children, took them away
And I miss everyone but most of all the little ones
And the shiny toy guns.


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"When They Came for Us" as written by Jeremy Dawson

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    General CommentI agree with it being a story. Not sure if its right. But that's how I like to think of it. Really sparks some creative ideas.
    misskayraeon October 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song firstly reminded me the extinction of humankind as I was a fan of the Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. As the robots improved themselves by learning day by day, finally, after they reach the target of destroying humankind, they also learn the people`s emotion and being sad. So even -maybe- the singer is a robot after all. However, with all these views, this makes the song very mystical; I hope Shiny Toy Guns havent made any video clip for this song and can leave its imagination to our own.
    aslanerhon August 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, I believe this song is about exactly what it sounds like: a colony of robots, an amorphous "other" stealing children away, etc. Perhaps it was inspired by an emotional dream. I can think of plenty of other songs that fit this bill, so it's not unprecedented.

    BUT if it is a figurative song, here's my shot at an interpretation:
    Robots: civilization
    Children: innocence/good
    Mother: Earth/nature
    Father: time/god
    Shiny toy guns: tangible possessions

    This song could be about the end of the world. "They" are the forces of of death, stealing our innocence away. The robots (people in general) are regretful, though they need not be, because the fighting (wars, etc.) won't exist anymore. Mother Earth's "crying" (some natural disaster or other cataclysmic event) woke us up from our dream world (our meaningless pursuits), while Father (God) is watching disinterestedly, as always, refusing to intervene (sleeping). The author misses being human, and our innocent, yet futile, pursuit of material wealth (Shiny Toy Guns).

    And that's it!
    3v3ryth1ngon April 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI ahve no idea what it means. But I love the song
    YeahDoggon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI do not know what the robots are, but I guess they could be anything depending on the person. It is something tragic that stole the children, their innocence maybe. "Shiny toy guns." When this tragic event occurs, the first thing a person wants is evidence, hence the whole idea of praying and looking for clues. When the song refers to "father sleeping" and watching them from far away, father has died and that is the way described to the children. This is all I could get. It is a great song, by far my favorite on the album.
    Cabroadon December 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCrying robots? Synthetic fighting? I don't think there is anything more to this than what the song spells out. Sometimes people try to hard to disect a song. Obviously these robots can show emotion, so it's really advanced technology. I'm pretty sure it's after humans have killed themselves and every other living thing, or maybe they are the ones that took the children.
    zbuton January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo, I'm doing this poetry project and we're allowed to do song lyrics, and I'm definitly choosing this one...To me, The song is about Divorce.

    The robots=The parents
    Synthetic Fighting= Typical marriage problems they tried to hide
    Stopped the Right thing after today=They stopped being together for the kids that day.

    The Beach=the childrens carefree attitude
    Stealing the children=Of course, the separation of the family
    Shiny Toy Guns=I believe is the childrens innocence and brand new("shiny") perspectives on life that are now tainted.
    To me the entire 3rd stanza is about trying to find what went wrong with the marriage, and they are trying to find pieces they may be able to put back together.
    The 5th stanza, I'm kinda torn between maybe the mother got full custody of the kids and she was trying to break it to them softly, or he really did die, maybe of suicide because of the divorce.
    Anyway, so all in all, yeah, i believe the song is about divorce and what it does to the children.
    mdearmond089on January 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is sooo freaking catchy. And it's deep as well. The only thing that is throwing me off is the 'shiny toy guns'; the pitch at which it is sang. This is how I define this song:

    The robots are in charge. The robots are parents. The robots are 'robots' because of the things they do and the unnecessary rules they have. They can't seem to agree on something. So they have these fake fights that aren't even necessary. One of the robot takes nothing but the other takes the person singing the song. He misses every one... and he can't even remember them all but he can remember the shiny toy guns that they left behind. I suppose the shiny toy guns is his memories...

    ...and when he misses the little ones, I suppose he misses when they were little... and all these memories, and the shiny toy guns they played with.

    But with the frequency at which I'll listen to this song, the meaning is likely to change (for me).
    psaffireon February 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell, i agree with the divorce thing.
    it sounds about right.
    but when you say he says "right thing",
    it sounds to me like he's saying "lightning".
    i guess i could be hearing wrong.
    whatever.
    yourdadon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti always thought it was about the children being taken away by the child protective services... but it could be about divorce... or maybe it's just familial problems like... the children were being abused, then the parents got a divorce and then all the rest of that stuff happened...
    potato99on February 22, 2007   Link

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