"Coalman" as written by and Savage Woodward....
If we try too hard, forgive us
If we try too hard
If we think too much, control us
If we think too much

Take a bow in front of us, now
Take a bow in spite of us, now

If we want too much, ignore us
If we want too much
Can we give some back in offer?
Can we give some back?

Take a bow in front of us, now
Take a bow in spite of us, now

And lo, our voice became one
And the tide did turn
And there were voices overhead
What's done is done

And we forgot compassion
For we had won
And choice for all is ours alone
What's won is won

We have time enough to take you
We have time enough
And when we succeed, we'll break you
And we will succeed

Take a bow in front of us, now
Take a long last look at us, now

And victor's justice is ours
And you'll have none
All life is ours to justify
We won, we won

And it's our right to own you
And you'll succumb
And freedom's ours for evermore
Your lives are done


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    General CommentI've always heard this song and thought about the Roman Empire... The last lines especially "And it's our right to own you ..." give me that owner/slave vibe, which isn't unique to Rome but it's what stuck for me. Weird.

    Anyway you see it, this is definitely one of the best Delgados songs there is... Emma Pollock's voice floats above and behind the other vocals beautifully.
    grenon January 16, 2016   Link
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    General CommentAnd lo, our voice became one

    *And there were voices overhead.

    For we HAD won.

    *And choice for all is ours alone.

    And victor's justice is ours

    Our life is ours to justify.

    *And it's our right to own you

    Corrections marked with an asterisk indicate slight uncertainty.
    Seems to be about a rebellion force overtaking a harmful government, only to BECOME the next harmful government (And we forgot compassion).

    I'm not sure what the first two stanzas mean. They seem to be rather sarcastic, pointing out the ludicrous demands of the leadership. Mebbe, I'm not sure
    Wotchingon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks for this one. I think it's deep. Without compassion a person becomes like a stone.
    sdz896542on January 16, 2016   Link
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    General CommentEven the smartest person. Especially the smartest person.
    sdz896542on January 16, 2016   Link

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