"The Archers Bows Have Broken" as written by and Jesse Lacey....
Who do you carry that torch for, my young man?
Do you believe in anything?
Do you carry it around just to burn things down?

Meet me tonight on the turnpike, my darling
cause we believe in everything
If we sweat all these debts then we're sure to drown
so let's strap ourselves up to this engine now
With our God who we found laying under the back seat

What did you learn tonight?
You're shouting so loud, you barely joyous, broken thing.
You're a voice that never sings, is what I say
You are freezing over hell
You are bringing on the end, you do so well
You can only blame yourself, it's what I say

Oh, order your daughters to ignore me think that will sort me?
and sweep me under the rug
While you're beating with a book everyone that book tells you to love

There is an ember in the heart of the kiln
And it's burning hot with love
Burning out my center till there's nothing but dust
rolling me with care into your cigarette
Cause the God I believe in never worked on a campaign trail

What did you learn tonight?
You're shouting so loud, you barely joyous, broken thing.
You're a voice that never sings, is what I say
You are freezing over hell
You are bringing on the end, you do so well
You can only blame yourself, it's what I say

Who do you carry that torch for, my young man?
Do you believe in anything?
Do you carry it around just to burn things to the ground?

What did you learn tonight?
You're shouting so loud, you barely joyous, broken thing.
You're a voice that never sings, is what I say
You are freezing over hell
You are bringing on the end, you do so well
You can only blame yourself, it's what I say

[Chorus continues in the background]
Feels like we could escape
and I don't mind throwing away this filthy silver song
If you try running a maze of your lies
It's too hard to save if you've thrown out everyone
Send "The Archer's Bows Have Broken


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"The Archers Bows Have Broken" as written by Jesse Lacey

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  • +5
    General CommentThe lyrics in the last chorus, are honest to god, no bullshit:

    Feels like, we could escape,
    And I might, throw it away, for fear of the silver sun.
    If you try, running a maze, of your lies, you're too hard to save,
    If you've thrown out everyone.

    Don't ask me how I know, I just do.
    Mookie_The_Archeron July 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo here's what I think:

    First of all, Jesse Lacey is a Christian, but that doesn't mean he is a Conservative Christian. And this song does make criticisms against Christians who ignorantly use their religion to condemn others who don't believe what they believe. Which is apparent in the line:
    "while you're beating with a book
    everyone that book tells you to love"
    Not that all or even most Chistians do that, but the fact is that many do.

    And the line:
    "cause the God i believe in never worked on a campaign trail"
    Is a political statement, but from Jesse's point of view, not someone else's. He's saying that he never believed in that he never believed in that idea. It's not necessarily about Bush though but probably a lot of politicians who try to use there religion to control others.

    In the lines:
    "Who do you carry that torch for, my young man?
    Do you believe in anything?
    Or do you carry it around just to burn things down?"
    He is talking about people who believe in things just for the sake of believing in them, so they will fit in, so they look like better people, etc. instead of finding something that they truly believe in.

    I think this song has a lot to do with findind out who you spiritually are and being true to that.
    monkeykillzbananaon June 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlso I think that it also strikes against organized religion v. spirituality... the line [our God who we found laying under the back seat] is talking about finding god or having a religious experience through love
    strummer_2007on January 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi was about to post this, liz.. the first time I heard this song, the phrases about not beating people over the head with your religion stood out the most.. so at first blush I was thinking its about hypocritical Christians or Christians trying so hard to get their message across, that they sacrifice their cole Christian values in the process. But I am pretty sure it’s about the devil trying to convince him that he is a hypocrite using these worldly themes.

    After reading through 6 pages of posts, I was suprised not to see anyone else with the devil angle, but on the last recent post by liz, I see it posted.

    The title of the album also mentions the devil "raging inside". That is how I took this song after a few listens, and I came here to see if others agreed.

    In the Bible several characters are tempted clearly and directly by the devil, while many other references are to the internal struggle for your soul against sin and the devil.

    The devil of course used a lot of trickery to tempt Christ with. The devil will make you ashamed of the things you've done and make you question the good things you are trying to accomplish. The devil will tell you that you're no longer good enough to lead others, or maybe you are so talented that you are better than everyone and don’t need religion.
    Who do you carry that torch for, my young man?
    Do you believe in anything?
    Or do you carry it around just to burn things down?

    The opening refrain reads to me like the temptation of Christ; maybe the devil inside is asking him why is he is carrying the torch for Christianity. Maybe Christianity is destructive, maybe it caused Bush to attack Iraq to borrow that phrase from here. “My young man” kind of puts him in his place as someone that needs to learn from my wisdom, while at the same time is an enticing, friendly voice of reason.

    Meet me tonight on the turnpike my darling,
    where we believe in everything.
    If we sweat all these debts then we're sure to drown,
    so let's strap ourselves up to this engine now
    with our God who we found laying under the back seat.

    The first stanza is: join me; stop worrying; take the easy road (turnpike), not the difficult, narrow path of Christianity. The luring overtones of the devil (join me my darling). Quit fighting these sins (don’t sweat all the debts) you enjoy so much, just strap yourself to the engine (just enjoy life!). Here’s a new religion for ya (the god in the back seat is not necessarily even a religion, but maybe something like money that takes his existing religion away)! We don’t need to believe in Christianity, whatever we want (where we believe in everything), goes!

    What did you learn tonight?
    while shouting so loud, you barely joyous, broken thing.
    You are a voice that never sings, is what i say.
    You are freezing over hell
    You are bringing on that end you do so well

    and you can only blame yourself, is what is say.The second refrain is the devil rebuking him for being preachy about Christianity and making him question himself. Why not use your beautiful voice to trumpet these popular causes and have a lot more fun in the process? I (the devil) think you’re wasting your talent.

    Oh, order your daughters to ignore me
    think that will sort me?
    and sweep me under the rug?
    while you're beating with a book
    everyone that book tells you to love.

    The second stanza, even when I heard it even the first time, I thought it was the devil taunting him. It reminded me immediately of the Stones “Sympathy for the Devil”. You must be an idiot if you think telling your daughters to ignore the temptations of the devil can possibly hold me back.

    The devil points out “well isn’t the Bible about love?” It’s the biggest argument used against Christianity today and he’s forced to wrestle with the question. The devil makes him question himself using the Bible as a weapon (“you think that can stop me? well how do you answer THIS”).. consistent with the temptation of Christ and using the Bible against Christ.

    There is an ember in the heart of this kiln
    and it's burning hot with love.
    Burning out my center till there's nothing but dust
    then rolling me with care into your cigarette
    cause the God i believe in never worked on a campaign trail.

    I have a hard time following the last stanza as others have. Maybe he’s found his own voice as a response, instead of the voice of his devil above. It could go either way I suppose.

    If it’s the devil’s perspective, maybe the devil is saying that he is the one that loves, not God. The kiln could represent the embodiment of fire and still refer to the devil. Stop trying to grind me into dust, there is a speck of (worldly) love in here. You’re only going to ingest me once again (as a cigarette or other form of my vices), because you don’t need this kind of religion anyways.

    If he’s found his own voice, maybe he’s describing recognition of the devil. There is a Christian love still left inside of me. Then he accuses the devil re-packaging that love and using it against him, soothingly and with care, because God wouldn’t be trying to convince him like this (like a salesman or politician does).

    Finally, in the muted chorus, it has to be “fear of the silver tongue”. Silver sun doesn’t even make sense regardless. Again, Christian origins: “the tongue of the righteous is silver”. It’s often used in conjunction with the devil (silver tongued devil), and used to describe politicians and salespeople. These arguments, like the arguments of the devil himself in tempting Christ, have some Christian basis, but are used to undermine the truth.

    cragion February 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentholy crap this song is amazing. i love the mixed styles on this album. both the demo of this song and the new recorded/re-written song are amazing.

    it gives me chills haha
    hplssrmantcxoxon November 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho do you carry the torch for, my young man?
    Do you believe in anything?
    Do you carry it around just to burn things down?

    Meet me tonight on the turnpike, my darling,
    Because we believe in everything,
    If we swim on these debts then we're sure to drown
    So we'll strap ourselves up to this engine now,
    With a god that we found laying under the backseat.

    What did you learn tonight?
    Shouting so loud, you barely see
    You're this broken thing,
    You're a voice that never sings, that's what I say.
    You were freezing over hell,
    You were bringing on the end; you do so well,
    You can only blame yourself, that's what I say.

    All that you've taught us to ignore me because I was sorry,
    and sweep me under the rug,
    You're beating with a book everyone the book tells you to love,
    There is an ember in the heart of the kiln and it's burning hot with love,
    Burning out my center till there's nothing but dust,
    Rolling me with care into your cigarette,
    'cause the god I believe in worked on a campaign trail.

    What did you learn tonight?
    Shouting so loud, you barely see
    You're this broken thing,
    You're a voice that never sings, that's what I say.
    You were freezing over hell,
    You were bringing on the end; you do so well,
    You can only blame yourself, that's what I say.

    Who do you carry that torch for, my young man?
    Do you believe in anything?
    Do you carry it around just to burn things to the ground?

    What did you learn tonight?
    Shouting so loud, you barely see
    (Feels like we could escape, I don't mind throwing away the filthy silver song.)
    You're this broken thing,
    You're a voice that never sings, that's what I say.
    (If you try running a maze, if your lies are true, I would say that you sold out everyone.)
    You were freezing over hell,
    You were bringing on the end; you do so well,
    You can only blame yourself, that's what I say.

    The last little background lyric (if your lies...
    hplssrmantcxoxon November 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor one this song kicks ass, for two you can't compare any of their albums because they are all different styles, i can't put this album down, its good
    BrandNewEndon November 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of the most moving songs i have heard in a while. it basically gives the narrator's newfound perspective on life, but he issues it as if he is trying to convince his friends to follow him. he also adds a few statements about politics and society that seem to fly below the radar ("The God I believe in never worked on a campaign trail" and "you're beating with a book everyone, the book tells you to love" obviously separate statements of equal validity against both the President and elitist/militant christians, although the narrator does seem to allude to the fact that he believes in Christianity). This song is spiritually powerful because after the anger in YFW and the confusion and the sense of loss in Deja the band finally seems to take a move towards hope. That all the screaming along to sad songs in the car and lying around your problems will get you nowhere. it's time to face your problems.
    drew8486on November 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song has deep religious value to me. When he says "you're beating with a book everyone that book tells you to love,
    there is an ember in the heart of the kiln and its burning hot with love,
    burning out my center till there's nothing but dust,
    rolling me with care into your cigarette,
    'cause the God i believe in never worked on a campaign trail."

    It sounds to me like he's rebuking hypocritical Christians(or any religion for that matter) for cursing sinners and "beating with a book everyone that book tells you to love". It's obviously the Bible that he's talking about. And when he says "cause the God i believe in never worked on a campaign trail" he's not comparing politicians to idols that are worshipped, but rather, he's upset that politicians try to use religion as a foothold to get votes.
    tar3mon February 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with monkeykillzbanana on the meaning behind the song. It seems to me that Jesse is singing about how people use religion for ill gains or how people state they are religious but then ignore its true teachings of peace and love for the rest of their lives.

    Most of the song is about this hypocrisy I think. About how people are worshipping the wrong god (the god found under the back seat could be a false idol, from a magazine or something) or abusing the name of their religion.

    Here's some I picked out:

    "Who do you carry that torch for, my young man?
    Do you believe in anything?
    Or do you carry it around just to burn things down?"
    - Is basically Jesse asking, "are you actually trying to spread the true word of the religion (the torch) or simply hiding behind it for other means (burning things down).

    "cause the God i believe in never worked on a campaign trail"
    - Religion gives power as it has influence over people. Sometimes this power is abused for political reasons. Jesse is saying he believes in God and the religion should be about God and not politics. God does not work on a campaign trail, he does not need to be elected and so the religion should never go into politics.

    I'm still trying to work this one out:
    "Meet me tonight on the turnpike my darling,
    where we believe in everything.
    If we sweat all these debts then we're sure to drown,
    so let's strap ourselves up to this engine now
    with our God who we found laying under the back seat."
    - To me the turnpike could signify lots of things or it could be nothing. A turnpike is a highway, with tolls, it could be a sign of mass commuting, it could be simply a place of easy death, it could show that we have to pay to pass some areas. Anyway, the "sweat" thing is probably sins, we would drown in our sins if we believe in everything?

    The whole hell freezing over thing makes me think that it's even more then the religion thing however. Perhaps the song is about the result of religion taking a back seat that this world is falling apart and the end will come.

    Either way, I love this song, it's catchy, it's anthemic and it's got a great meaning in there somewhere, I just want to work it out! =P
    Shiloaon July 18, 2007   Link

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