The DA is dressed to the nines
In the mirror, he practices all his lines
To his closing argument, 12 hearts beat in favour
I'm guessing he read the morning paper
The headline reads "The Man Hangs"
But the jury doesn't

And everyone's looking for relief
United States versus disbelief
Mothers cast tears on both sides of the aisle
Clear your throat and face the world
The verdict falls like bachelors for bad luck girls
Only breathing with the aid of denial

Case open, and case shut
But you could pay to close it like a casket
Baby boy can't lift his headache head
Isn't it tragic?

He glances at his peers sitting 7 to 12
Stacked on 1 to 6
The gallery is hushed

Boys in three pieces dream of grandstanding and bravado
The city sleeps in a cell
Notwithstanding what we all know
They hang on a rope or bated breath
Whichever you prefer

And everyone's looking for relief
A bidding war for an old flame's grief
The cause, the kid,
[the cuff, the charm
and the curse]

There's not a word that can make you comprehend
Too well dressed for the witness stand
The press prays for whichever headline's worse

Case open, and case shut
But you could pay to close it like a casket
Baby boy can't lift his headache head
Isn't it tragic?

Fresh pressed suit and tie
Unimpressed birds sing and die
Can talk my way out of anything
The foreman reads the verdict:
"In the above entitled actions, we find the defendent,
Guilty, guilty, guilty"

Case open, and case shut
But you could pay to close it like a casket
Baby boy can't lift his headache head
Isn't it tragic?

Case open, case shut
But you could pay to close it like a casket
Baby boy can't lift his headache head
Isn't it tragic?


Lyrics submitted by shrodes, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General CommentI believe the original title to this was "Law & Order," about Fred Hampton, Jr.
    BulletproofScaleson January 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"And the above entitled actions we find the defendent,
    Guilty, guilty, guilty"
    overovermeon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe missing line starts with "the verdict falls..."
    soagnosticon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought that lyrics wouldn't get posted if question marks were inserted. Hmm.

    Anyway,
    Second favorite song off this album.
    I love the vocals in this.
    As far as the lyrics themselves, they are slightly hard to get at first, especially that second line in the chorus. There is something said before the "pain."
    I also love the guest singing, (I forget who it was, whether it was one of the guys from New Found Glory or Panic), but either way, I love it.
    Brandanwithanaon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGuest vocalist is Butch Walker, supposedly.

    Pretty obvious what the song is about, generally.
    "And everyone's looking for relief, United States versus disbelief"
    That's about people trying to get out of jury duty.

    "He glances at his peers sitting seven to twelve, Stacked on one to six- The gallery is hushed."
    The defendant probably seeing the jury members - seven to twelve sit in the back row, therefore "stacked on" one to six. And they're all quiet.

    "And everyone's looking for relief
    A bidding war for an old friend's grief
    The call for kid, the cosmic charm"
    First line is about jury duty again. "A bidding war for an old friend's grief, The call for the kid, the cosmic charm" could be either using a friend who might be sick or soemthing to get out of jury duty and then putting on the charm to make people believe, or something totally unrelated to jury duty.

    And that's as much as I feel like analyzing. Haha. I dunno, that's just what I get out of it.
    suchaxsuckeron January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm 99% certain that the missing line after "Clear your throat..." is "The verdict falls like bachelors and bad luck girls".
    idontlikeyourgfon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment'the trial is fred hampton jr. but as a metaphor.'

    from petes blog
    softlyforsalvationon January 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, because the whole point is, Fred Hampton Jr. never actually got a trial, basically, he was an activist, and the FBI and state police went to his house and he was killed. Whether this was murder or not is a topic of much debate.
    shrodeson January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell i guess everyone got the definition then. =D
    I love the title very much. I'm really loving the new FOB material; im so relieved they didnt let me down.
    melinasauruson January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Yes, because the whole point is, Fred Hampton Jr. never actually got a trial, basically, he was an activist, and the FBI and state police went to his house and he was killed. Whether this was murder or not is a topic of much debate."

    I think that you are talking about Fred Hampton Jr.'s father. His father was killed by the Chicago police. Fred Hampton Jr. was in jail for 18 years on arson charges and was paroled in 2001.
    lostfanatic84on January 25, 2007   Link

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