"Heroes and Martyrs" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Amid the heat and the wrack
Hot boots invested and cracked
Poor candidates jacked in the gray light
An ultra-violent call summoning both poet and thrall
Sweet catalyst for the acolytes

Our heroes and martyrs
Present two points of view:
Which deity you are praying to

Into a welter of night
Flack, rounds, and roiling blight
Cracked vertebrates stacked by the wayside
An ultra-violent call summoning both poet and thrall
The inveterate blind seeking daylight

Our heroes and martyrs
Present two points of view:
Which deity you're praying to


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"Heroes and Martyrs" as written by Brett Gurewitz Greg Graffin

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    General CommentThe first thing to hit me when I heard this song, was the war in Iraq.
    Or the West Vs. East, Christians'/non-believers Vs. Muslims etc. etc..

    The heroes are clearly the American soldiers and the martyrs are the suicide-bombers...Graffin's atheist point of view shines through in the last line of the song: "What's the sense of heroes and martyrs?"

    The line "An ultraviolent call summoning both poet and thrall" could mean that their leaders are calling upon the heroes and martyrs to fight. Not sure about this one,though....
    The next line : "The inveterate blind seeking daylight", to me this is BR describing the soldiers and martyrs. The are totally blinded by their beliefs and are unable to give even a bit of credit to the beliefs of the "enemy"! And they are seeking victory or answers, but due to their handicap (blind/ignorant), they will never find it...

    And like Brett and Greg said, the last album was more about talking shit about the war in Iraq, on this album they're going to try to find some solutions to the problem and how we are going to fix it and get out of this shit!...
    Cormegaon June 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnce again, this is a brett song.

    Greg could never write something this good.
    duffdrinkinhomeron July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst single off of \'New Maps of Hell\'. pretty good.
    underthegun897on May 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm no pro, just giving my impression, so here goes...
    The "Our Heroes and Martyrs/present two points of view/Which deity you’re praying to?" lyrics seem to infer that the respective deities are society (the heroes) and God (obviously, the martyrs).
    It also seems to me that they paint both in a negative light, Graffin being as he is both an atheist and a huge critic of those who live by their standing in society.
    As a Christian, however (yes, a Christian who listens to BR, thank you), one could also see the song as a "choose!" situation, wherein one would have to choose to serve the masses or God.
    Born_Yesterdayon June 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way, it *is* an amazing song, I'm hoping the rest of the album is this incredible.
    Born_Yesterdayon June 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't actually think of it, but I think you hit the nail on the head Cormega.
    maxbenon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^Hey! Somebody said it before I could! And I don't know... sometimes, Graffin writes a damn good song. "What Can You Do?" is my favorite Bad Religion song.

    Basically, I think it's showing how one can be perceived as a hero or a martyr, depending on your point of view and beliefs. But... neither of them are exactly, "right."
    Blackbird_1565on July 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Cormega, but Id like to point out that the entire "Empire" album was written BEFORE the Iraq war...more like prophecy
    oakdaddy29on July 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or does Greg sound like he's rapping during the verses?
    Richard Enahoboon October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDon't know how related this is, but i just realised there's a howard zinn spoken word cd called "heroes and martyrs", hmmm.
    St.Catastropheon October 25, 2007   Link

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