"Natural Resources" as written by and Andrew/tamborello Broder....
The other night, a firefight
Bursts of sewing machine gun fire
From your position
Barricaded behind the piano

I return with small arms
Stuttered shots from typewriter keys

And yet in the silence
Between the volley
The hearts of weary camps
Sing to each other

"However faintly
As we each seek to claim
Disputed territory"

The us beneath the other
The us beneath the other
The us beneath the other
The us beneath the other

The us beneath the other
Which is rich
In natural resources
In natural resources
In natural resources




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"Natural Resources" as written by Jimmy Tamborello Andrew Broder

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    General CommentI think that the firefight and the warring imagery are a metaphor for something greater, more human, perhaps given how the shots originate from typewriter keys that it's a war of the written word between two or more individuals, and though each attempts to out-reason and out-argue the other, there is more to being an "us" than to being "others" to one another (thus the natural resources).
    PassiveTheoryon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat's an interesting idea. I kind of hit a wall with the typewriter imagery, but I interpreted this song as contrasting the make-believe battles we have for fun as kids, making trenches out of furniture and using cutlery as firearms to actual wars. I see this song as comparing the two and showing us that war is just as silly and absurd.
    Beckerouacon July 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the idea about playing war at home could be true, but I'm more leaning towards it being a 'battle' in a relationship, where the natural resources says something about the sadness of how potential wealth of the individuals as persons is being battled over, the us beneath the other signifying also that 'us' / 'we' are losing the battle to 'the other' - jealousy/battles, etc... and definitely agree that there is a reference here to wars being fought between nations over natural resources and power.
    Supermandon May 23, 2012   Link

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