"Walls of Jericho" as written by and Andrew/campbell Sudderth....
What dreams splendidly weaved from an atom bomb
Retrieved from a teleprompter.
Practical, you are not,
Cause you break the ice with a cotton swab.
A fever can cool us off, a handshake is a contact sport.

No one was waiting to throw out the pilot.
We'll float on the back of the winds that you send us.

Another tomorrow, shedding the shade we made yesterday.
Disguised as the lightning, dissolving all of the thunder, then -
Appeasing our monsters under the acrylic skies.
Another tomorrow..

Another tomorrow fills up my front window.
Outlasting the west wind and building ourselves in
So fly, and grab my hand here comes the crash
I live for the strong impact that render's both our airbags.
Seven folds take very letter you send, don't fold if you're made to bend, rekindle the feud again.

String up your harp, play like today will last five minutes.
It won't take long to sing us a song to stop the sirens.
Sing us a song to stop the silence.


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"Walls of Jericho" as written by Brett Stowers Andrew Sudderth

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    General CommentThis albums songs titels are based from the names of paintings. Is what iv read from their website.

    This song to me sounds like a plain crash maby? car crash? Life flashing before their eyes.

    whater it is its a great song with great vocals.
    huskypimp76on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe it MIGHT be talking about the 9/11 incident.
    Riku_Diruon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell the "another tomorrow..." part leads me to think its not about 9/11

    there are parts that lead me to think its about Hiroshima
    "What dreams splendidly weaved from an atom bomb
    retrieved from a teleprompt."
    this is the us telling them to drop the bomb

    the japanese didnt want to surrender and the use "broke the ice with a cotton swab" (or used violent means to break them)

    "No one was waiting to throw out the pilot.
    We'll float on the back of the winds that you send us."
    this is about the kamakazi's who "float on the back of the winds" kamakazi is actually (my japanese mythology is kinda rusty..) the god of the wind

    "Another tomorrow, shedding the shade we made yesterday.
    Disguised as the lightning, dissolving all of the thunder, then -
    Appeasing our monsters under the acrylic skies.
    Another tomorrow.."
    after they dropped the first bomb the japanese didnt surrender so the dropped "another tomorrow"

    not sure about the airbags part int the next verse but the other stuff makes since
    "Another tomorrow fills up my front window.
    Outlasting the west wind and building ourselves in
    so fly, and grab my hand here comes the crash
    I live for the strong impact that renders both our airbags.
    Seven folds take very letter you send, don't fold if you're made to bend, rekindle the feud again."
    "tomorrow" the light of the bomb filled the windows witch outlasted the kamakazis, thus breaking the japanese

    last part:
    "String up your harp, play like today will last five minutes.
    It wont take long to sing us a song to stop the sirens.
    Sing us a song to stop the silence."
    just talks about the horror of it... wish is a quick (hot) death
    ZenfullTangerineon August 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with you Zenfull and to add to your thought
    the hole thing about the air bag to me is the fact the the impact of the bomb is so powerfull that nothing could save you from it, and he wants the person to hold his hand one last time (I live for the strong impact ) thats saying that you want to be were the impact happens for a quick death
    kludailon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe way he sings 'under the acrylic skies' gives me shivers.Amazing voice,amazing song!
    Camomileon October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWOW! i never thought it was about the bombing--i always thought that was just another metaphor! whether or not it's about that, that's a great explanation, and it definitely fits.
    ...but then where does 'walls of jericho' come in? the walls of jericho collapsed in a battle that ended up being basically a genocide, if the history recorded was true....but that's just in the bible and it was so long ago, archaeologists can't be sure. anyways, idk if that meant anything. ...i just wanted to see if there was some reason why it'd be called that.
    i thought the song could be kind of sarcastic towards god, rather than a kamakazi. either way, it sounds like it's about war/death/etc.
    i don't know...that's far-off.

    whatever way...awesome song.

    great song.
    severalwayson December 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, i agree that it is about the atom bomb being dropped on Japan. There is more evidence in the lyrics of a demo version of the song. In that version, instead of "no one was waiting to throw out the pilot, Darroh says "no one was eating and barely surviving." There's another line where he says "mixing the coral skies, igniting the 9-5, streets here are not alive." I think that's pretty conclusive evidence that it is about the atom bomb. When the bomb was dropped, everyone was working, or heading to work, so they "ignited the 9-5" One more line from that song is "searching the scattered sticks, all handshakes and loving it. Whats a captain without his ship." Meaning, people were searching though the rubble, while the Japanese emperor surrendered aka" all handshakes and loving it"
    "Whats a Capitan without his ship" means that he really had no choice to surrender because his enemies were just going to keep dropping bombs, and whats the point of being the emperor when there's no country left to rule.
    Codfishon February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAfter reading everyone posts it looks like the song does point towards Hiroshima.

    "A hand shakes a contact sport" points towards how they had to drop the A-Bomb in order for them to surrender. There for making the hand shake somewhat of a contact sport.

    "Disguised as the lightning, dissolving all of the thunder, then -
    Appeasing our monsters under the acrylic skies."
    I see the first part as the people thinking it's lighting and then the thunder dissolves into what's really a big boom. I also noticed that appeasing means to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; pacify; soothe. Appeasing our monsters means to calm, ease, quiet Japan since they were our "monster" at the time.

    "Did you recognize your next door neighbor today?"
    Well would you recognize your neighbor if an Atom Bomb landed on his house?

    Sorry if it's kinda sketchy. I was just listening to the song and had a few thoughts.

    And I much say, after finding out the meaning of the song made it a hell of a lot better. Amazing song, amazing vocals, another reason why they are one of my favorites.
    DevilDogg1988on April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is about the atomic bombings of Japan in WW2, which has been mentioned before. But what I haven't seen mentioned is "shedding the shade we made yesterday" as more proof of this. When a nuclear weapon is detonated the shadows it creates are burned into whatever surface they are on, so you quite literally have to shed off the shadows made days before afterwards.
    Khaokion July 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about Hiroshima/Nagasaki, but more about the aftermath rather than the actual event, and about how, after what is arguably the most horrific act of violence in the history of mankind, the Japanese accepted help and alliances with the U.S., the perpetrators of the act.

    "(What dreams) splendidly weaved from an atom bomb
    Retrieved from a teleprompt
    Practical you are not"

    The first line is a note of how the world has become a "better place" after the bombings. "Retrieved from a teleprompt" would be an observation of America's media-obsessed culture, especially during WWII. And I think it could be considered impractical to respond to the bombing of a military outpost by wiping out the population of two cities.

    "Break the ice with a cotton swab
    A fever that cools us off, a handshake's a contact sport"

    This one's a little metaphorical, and ironic. Imagine trying to use a cotton swab like an ice pick. The Q-tip bends and breaks, right? Possibly a reference to the Kamikaze pilots, killing themselves to take out the enemy. "A fever that cools us off" is pretty self-explainatory: the bombs were the signal of the end of the war, and thus, peace. "A handshake's a contact sport" refers to Japan pulling America into the war by bombing Pearl Harbor, the first relations between Japan and America during the war, which evetually lead to Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

    "No one was waiting to throw out the pilot
    We'll float on the back of the winds that you send us"

    This is a reference to the concept that no one in America was thinking "Maybe we shouldn't do this". No one protested or attempted to stop the bombing. They just accepted that the U.S. was doing what was right.

    "Another tomorrow
    Shedding the shade we made yesterday
    Disguised as the lightning
    Dissolving all of the thunder there
    Appeasing our monsters
    Under the acryllic skies
    Another tomorrow..."

    The chorus is the main reason I think this song is about the aftermath. After the bombs were dropped, it was like there was a new world (another tomorrow). The U.N. was formed, and many of the countries that were at war (especially the U.S. and Japan) were now coexisting, "shedding the shade we made yesterday".
    "Disguised as the lightning, dissolving all of the thunder there": Japan was a very militaristic nation, pre-WWII. They had a warlike outlook on the world that spread down even to the civilian populous. In a bright flash of white light, it's as if that militaristic bent was gone, dissolved.
    "Appeasing our monsters under the acryllic skies": In the aftermath of the bombs (the acryllic skies is a referrence to the observations by many that the sky around a nuclear explosion looks surreal, like someone painted it), the U.S. began giving money, support, and exclusive trade pacts to Japan, appeasing our monsters (both making amends for what was done, and to "make ourselves feel better" for dropping the bombs)

    "(So fly) Grab my hand, here comes the crash
    I live for the strong impact, that renders both our airbags
    (Seven folds) Takes every letter you send
    Don't fold if you're made to bend, rekindle the feud again"

    This almost sounds like a call for Japan to attack the U.S. This is a bit of a stretch, because Fair to Midland doesn't seem to be "that kind of band", but the evidence is there. Sort of like "Plant your feet, brace for impact, and throw caution to the wind".
    "Takes every letter you send, don't fold if you're made to bend": Japan has, historically, been one of the most adaptive countries in the world. They take everything that has come their way and recover. "Rekindle the feud again" is almost self-explainatory in this context.

    "Did you recognize your next-door neighbor today"

    Japan and the U.S. are neighbors, separated by the Pacific Ocean. Would someone who died in the atomic bombs, who had been raised in wartime Japan, who had called for Japan to attack the U.S. in the first place, recognize the world and Japan's relations with America in the modern day?

    "String up your harps
    Play like today will last five minutes
    This won't take long
    Sing us a song to stop the silence"

    This seems like another call for Japan to attack the U.S. again. Raise your arms, fight like there's no tomorrow, and bring an end to peace.

    Again, this is all a bit of a stretch, but it's how I interpret the song, anyway. Certain lines just don't seem to make sense talking about the bombings themselves ("Rekindle the feud again" especially). Then again, FtML deals very heavily in metaphors, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if the reference to the Atom Bomb is just another metaphor that's getting drastically missinterpreted.
    FigmentImageon December 30, 2008   Link

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