We watched them fall. Eyes locked to mine,
Feeling as if I had let them down.
Caught blinded by silk, led by lips
To the baited chains.
Now look around regret.
As the axe swings before your eyes,
Think how everyday we spent dreaming.
Never once did we pick up the sword and learn to fight.
Now is the time. Pick yourself up and fight.
Learn to swing. Learn to swing.
They watched me fall for the last time.
But how is such an elegant blade to be stopped?
When in times where eyes set sites
To cross-hair the weak, my bride,
I'll try, oh so hard, to find that Light.
but in his mind she baits me to fire.
What a cunning foe we've met!
Our horizons pushed pages away to a new fight,
A new method, new plan. But how do I train?
How do you ready a child for war?
Oh what a cunning foe we've met!
The Captain, what will He send?
I know He will send, but what will be sent?
I can feel a slip. A buzzard scrapes nearby...
As I, atop this hill, stand and scream,
It's all I can do to control my gaze
From the curiosity of seeing myself as prey.
And then I heard an armored march.
I heard an armored march that shook the trees.
Bows bent as they sang, "We are the archers!"


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    General Comment"Think how everyday we spent dreaming.
    Never once did we pick up the sword and learn to fight.
    Now is the time. Pick yourself up and fight.
    Learn to swing. Learn to swing."

    Come on guys, you know it goes beyond a literal war.
    Dudesiffon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, killer song. Love it. I think that a major component to interpreting the meaning of this song is figuring out the point of view. In the beginning, with the line "We watched them fall, eyes locked to mine" we are being told about what I see as someone falling to temptation (caught blinded by silk, led by lips to the baited chains) So there is a group, who has fallen in the past, which represents humanity, a fallen world. We continue to see those around us falling to temptation, falling away from God. It gets personal, with eyes locking to "mine," and "feeling as if I had let them down." This is coming back to the personal call we have to support our brothers and sisters. We see the battle raging on, we have all felt pulled by temptation, been caught by it. It is our duty to help those in the similar plight of humanity as we are. The next section is recognition of the falling. It is an urging from someone who has experienced the same, who had never learned to fight, but had seen that their lack of care, of desire to fight left them feeling vulnerable and weak when the time came to stand up and fight. “Pick yourself up and fight.” Bounces back to the beginning of the song, where they are falling, seeing others fall, but now is not the time to dwell on the regrets of never measuring up to the task before, now is the time to stand up and learn. It is never too late to say that you have fallen for the last time, that this was the last time you will be one of the watched, you will never have to pick yourself up again, this time you will fight, even though it seems impossible to stop such an elegant blade. In the next section, the perspective changes yet again. This is the mind of the one who is choosing to learn, to fight. Doubts are being brought forth, with “But how such an elegant blade to be stopped?” The elegant blade is the silky temptation, the weapon of satan fighting back against our efforts.”When in times where eyes set sights to cross-hair the weak” When the times come for the weak to be targeted, the one who is learning to fight will look for the light, but still he will be tempted, bait will be set to lure him to the fire. Then comes in the line that is repeated twice, both times after explaining how the enemy will attempt an attack; what a cunning foe we’ve met. An enemy that knows what he is doing, and plants doubts knowing that they will take root and possibly destroy and progress made. Next, with “Our horizons pushed pages away to a new fight, a new method, new plan,” I saw the horizons as being hopes, dreams, plans made. A desire to never fall again, to always be ready to fight. Pushing pages away, with pages being young children, based off of the questions coming later; how do I train? How do you ready a child for war? Our cunning enemy knows that pages grow up to be warriors. So he tries to feed us lies that it’s incredibly difficult to train children to fight, to be real Christians. Just a side note, 1 Timothy 4:12 says don’t let anyone look down upon you because you are young, and my old pastor used to say that kids have the same size jesus as the rest of us. Here is the doubt again. This cunning foe is strategically placing doubts. Now, near the end of the song, faith is brought up. We have to know that God will provide. This is stating that there is faith, but it is questioning. What help will God (Captain) send? I know He will, but what is coming? This is the slip that is mentioned in the next line, a flaw in this faith. We do not always know the answers to our questions, but we do always know that God has them, and He loves us. Therefore we can count on His always being there, always doing what is best for us, but we can’t expect answers when we wants to know why He does what He does.
    The next section, “A buzzard scrapes nearby….As I, atop this hill, stand and scream. It’s all I can do to control my gaze from the curiosity of seeing myself as prey.” Many elements are brought up here. The slip in faith opens him up for the sin to enter, to allow the enemy a hold on the door. Controlling his gaze from seeing himself as prey. He cannot allow himself to be caught up in seeing what would happen if he were to allow the enemy even more ground within himself. A buzzard wouldn’t kill its own food; it would wait for something to already be dead. The enemy would wait for a weakness to present itself, in the slip of faith, to make his move.
    “And then I heard an armored march.” This is the march of the archers coming in. The archers are definitely the good guys, the unanswered help sent by God. In the album lyrics book thing, where the band is thanking everyone, there is a thank you sent out to all the archers. These are the forces sent to aid, to help those who are struggling, to beat down the forces of the enemy. They come singing, they are confident because this army is sent by God. It is His will that we are protected, He gives aid, He always comes through. I so dig this song.
    theBushon February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWar, fighting.. basically not being prepared to do something.
    He shows that now that they need him, he doesn't not what to do. its a song about war, but behind its relavent in every day life.
    when the boys sing" we are the archers", means that they had lost the war.
    rachelsteeleon February 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm gonna have to disagree with you.

    if you look at the previous song, "the sirens song," at the end of it, the main character fell victim to the seduction of the sirens. now, he prepares for battle against his enemies, but he is not prepared because of the sirens. as this song progresses, the enemies are winning, and the main character is sure of his own death.

    but, at the last second, his reinforcements, the 'armored march' come, and friendly archers take out the enemy.

    such a freaking sweet song.
    surrenderedon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think surrendered is semi-right
    But I believe the main character is wounded and left for dead and the enemy is the "armored march" then the archers are the reinforcements
    Magidiablo08on August 14, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Think how everyday we spent dreaming.
    Never once did we pick up the sword and learn to fight.
    Now is the time. Pick yourself up and fight.
    Learn to swing. Learn to swing."

    Come on guys, you know it goes beyond a literal war.
    Dudesiffon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah guys..come on.totally agree with Dudesiff.
    i guess this is a spiritual theme,not a literal war.
    "we are the archers!" , makes me chills...

    so good,even like the best norma jean or the chariot lyric.
    this song will be an anthem,like Memphis will be laid to waste...trust me.
    God bless everyone,from Uruguay,South America (by the way)
    fertilon October 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that the song is refering to a battle against our desire to feed our flesh. this song has nothing to do with surrender. not at all. if you read the song it talks about how at the end he has decided to stand and fight, as much as he is skeptical of how he will win, he has confidence that the Captain (Jesus) will send help and it ends with the "reinforcements" showing up. the cool things is that it says that the bows are bent which is important because they havent come unprepared, they are so ready that they have drawn their bows to fire
    seamanatee1on October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with seamanatee1. This song is about fighting about our sinful desires. (i think it is often talking about lust, it talks about his bride and how he{the devil) will use her to bait him for fire, or something like that) it talks about wanting to get out of the circle and not knowing but being fully reliant of God to help him through. (1Corinthians 10:13) And God provides the archers (which could be whatever it is that He provides) to help fight the battle.

    I'm kinda writing this by the seat of my pants, sorry if it doesn't make sense
    heavyinkon January 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. I think it's about how we indulge in our sinful desires without thinking of God or of consequence, which is why "Never once did we pick up the sword and learn to fight" against.

    The next part is how we realize how wrong everything is and we try to fix our ways. "They watched me fall for the last time."

    We try to keep from sinning but it is difficult seeing as how we are a minority. This song is in reference to the battle of moral goodness we face in our lives. It appears we are losing the battle, until the reinforcements, or "the archers" arrive.
    idkwtfwtfon February 20, 2008   Link

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