No one knows who gave the orders
No one asks about the crime
No one looks behind the curtains
No one questions why
The only time we got
Is right about now
I cross my heart
I take the vow

Ill never turn
Ill never bend
I'm with ya now
Until the end

Tonights the test
Tonights the time
I am the punishment
That fits the crime
I'll break the bricks
I'll pick the locks
I don't got nothing
But I'll give what I got

Ill never turn
Ill never bend
I'm with ya now
Until the end

Ten trials whose outcome
All fixed from the start
Nine judges sitting countin'
There money in the dark
Eight towers of iron
Surround the desert town
On a cold December mornin'
Seven martyrs knock them down
Six fathers still waiting
For there sons to come home
Five mothers who know better
And accept that there gone
Four years Iive been hunted
Still i breathe free
Three times i shot the sheriff
And did not spare the deputy
Two prayers I'm prayin'
Until were together
One promise that I'm keeping
Tonight and forever

I'll never turn
I'll never bend
I'm with ya now
Until the end


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  • +1
    General CommentHe sound a lot like Johnny Cash here...
    HockeyJoeon April 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Sheriff & Deputy was taken from a Bob Marley song, thats all that I know.
    Anyone care to explain the song?
    THNDRon June 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDunno the explaination to this song, but its sure cool:)
    Mockedon June 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about vowing to do WHATEVER it takes, to take America back.
    rebelde_perroon September 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love the countdown in the bridge, and i agree about the whole taking america back thing it needs to be done asap
    alsk8er14on October 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song goes like this...

    nobody questions authority
    Tom takes his vows to the revolution
    he will "punish" american gov for their crimes

    as far as the number sequence havent figured em all out yet
    10-? guessing its ten blacks who where charged with something and not given fair trial
    9- nine justices from the supreme court counting $
    8-? lost on that one
    7-? seven young men who knocked down eight towers? lol
    6,5- parents of the young men
    4- four years since he started his solo project (nightwatchman)
    3- bob marley referance... he killed the deputy though
    2- one prayer is to see the revolution... no idea bout the other
    1- promise that he will always be part of the revolution
    Maximilian89on May 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song goes like this...

    nobody questions authority
    Tom takes his vows to the revolution
    he will "punish" american gov for their crimes

    as far as the number sequence havent figured em all out yet
    10-? guessing its ten blacks who where charged with something and not given fair trial
    9- nine justices from the supreme court counting $
    8-? lost on that one
    7-? seven young men who knocked down eight towers? lol
    6,5- parents of the young men
    4- four years since he started his solo project (nightwatchman)
    3- bob marley referance... he killed the deputy though
    2- one prayer is to see the revolution... no idea bout the other
    1- promise that he will always be part of the revolution
    Maximilian89on May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, my favorite song by Tom Morello. I'm a RATM fan, an Audioslave fan, and a Nightwatchman fan. I was skeptical at first when I heard he did acoustic folk music, but I was greatly pleased. This is my interpretation, and hopefully I won't look like an idiot.


    No one knows who gave the orders
    No one asks about the crime
    No one looks behind the curtains
    No one questions why


    - This part is about war crimes, hence the 'questioning the orders' line. Because people are at war everyone assumes everything that's done is normal. The huge amounts of innocents being hurt, murdered, raped, etc. is ignored due to 'larger concerns'.


    The only time we got
    Is right about now
    I cross my heart
    I take the vow


    - This always makes me think of a solemn wedding vow, but is more likely a vow to an ideal or a dream.


    Ill never turn
    Ill never bend
    I'm with ya now
    Until the end


    - He's saying he will not turn away, or bend over and let the evil that's happening take place. He is sticking to the ideals until the end.


    Tonight's the test
    Tonight's the time
    I am the punishment
    That fits the crime


    - He's saying if others (mainly, the government) won't deal with the problems, than he will. Vigilante justice, in a way. A call for rebellion.


    I'll break the bricks
    I'll pick the locks
    I don't got nothing
    But I'll give what I got


    - Pretty self-explanatory. He will investigate everything (breaking bricks and picking locks), there isn't anything he can do, but he will do what he can.


    Ill never turn
    Ill never bend
    I'm with ya now
    Until the end


    - Chorus, again, he won't give up and won't back down.


    Ten trials whose outcome
    All fixed from the start

    Nine judges sitting countin'
    Their money in the dark


    - This is talking about corruption in the judicial system. Judges taking bribes and fixing the outcome of trials they are judging. "In the dark" is just a metaphor for it being secretive.


    Eight towers of iron
    Surround the desert town
    On a cold December mornin'
    Seven martyrs knock them down


    - My favorite line in the song. Somewhat obvious. Suicide bombers. "Towers of iron" are obviously buildings. Martyrs (suicide bombers) knocking them down (they blow them up). Most of this is obvious.


    Six fathers still waiting
    For there five sons to come home
    Five mothers who know better
    And accept that there gone


    - The fathers and mothers of the martyrs, who died trying to make their points. The mothers realize the boys are gone forever, whereas the fathers still have hope.


    Four years Iive been hunted
    Still i breathe free
    Three times i shot the sheriff
    And did not spare the deputy


    - This one is a bit of an enigma. I think it means hes being hunted for having killed the sheriffs and deputies, but they aren't really looking for him, or he has eluded capture for that long. Either way, he's not been caught as of yet.


    Two prayers I'm prayin'
    Until were together
    One promise that I'm keeping
    Tonight and forever

    - I'm not sure about this ones, but the prayers probably are for peace and freedom. Or justice and truth. The promise he's keeping is probably whats in the chorus:

    I'll never turn
    I'll never bend
    I'm with ya now
    Until the end



    That's my two-cents. NIGHTWATCHMAN FTW!
    BraedenVAon March 27, 2009   Link

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