Now they live in your head and they travel your veins
Now they live in your head and they travel your veins
Every word that you speak is a word they have made
When you open your mouth you're too stupid to scream
When you open your mouth you're too stupid to scream

Your eyes are the holes where you suck in your knees
There's steel in the air and there's blood on the wheels
There's steel in the air and there's blood on the wheels
But there's nothing to fear because nothing here's real

Hear the dogs now they howl as the street fills with flood
Yeah the dogs now they howl as the street fills with flood
As your body drifts by and your lungs fill with mud
There's some people on earth and they scrape in the dust
There's some people on earth and they scrape in the dust

If we kill them enough they will look just like us
Now tear down this wall let the animals out
Yeah tear down this wall let the criminals out
Then they'll take their revenge, let their hate fill your mouth
And just as it was is just how it will be
And just as it was is just how it will be
For the promise of water I'll walk on my knees


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    General Comment"Just as an example of how a song comes together around here, the song "Promise Of Water" is comprised of various reactions to watching television, taking in the world as it exists hallucinated in the media, watching the Iraq war unfold, the gore, the stupidity, the absolute stunning tragedy of it, but the simultaneous unreality of it to us, the receivers of these images and information - the violence and brutality being in a way the expression of our passivity - since we accept it - but not actually experienced by us except in the abstract, viewed on a screen, not real to most of us but just the unfortunate few that are actually there fighting, many of their bodies shredded by fire and steel, and Iraqis themselves slaughtering each other in huge unknown numbers, lives ruined, a whole country devastated, and we "watch" this - the only way we experience anything of it at all - along with, I don't know what else, Star Search, car commercials, images of the devastation in New Orleans, bodies bloated in the streets, eaten by dogs - and again our abject passivity. Paris Hilton, America's Favorite Internet Predator, whatever, and it all blends together and smears our faces with slime, and I feel like I'm personally infected, that this stuff is in my blood, and my mind is not my own.Then, I was listening repeatedly to Nina Simone's version of "Hollis Brown," which is just devastating and beautiful and unapproachable, and I started playing guitar to it, and it gradually changed into the basic chord and rhythm of "Promise of Water" but instead of singing about a destitute farmer who kills his family and himself in desperation, I sang about the goddamn TV - ha ha! Oh well..."
    -M Gira

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    laurelinwyntreon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment3. Let's focus on the song 'Promise of Water'. I'd rather say that those
    lyrics are pretty cryptic...a sort of prophecy is hidden in them. Is that
    correct?
    This song is a product of, and also "about" mind control. It's the result
    of realizing that now very little exists outside the hallucinated world of
    the media. The physical world is disappearing, and as it does so it is
    eating itself, writhing in the last throes of violence and destruction,
    erupting in an orgy of slaughter and bestiality, pollution and utter
    corruption. It is a cleansing. We are creating heaven on earth.

    -M Gira in Rockerilla magazine, July 2007
    laurelinwyntreon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFlux: One lyric that jumped out was, "When you open your mouth you're too stupid to scream" from 'Promise of Water' Was that inspired by a particular person or incident?

    M: Well we're all just too stupid to scream, considering the predicament we've allowed ourselves to slip into. That song is about being infected. Thoughts, images, desires, ideas injected directly into your head and blood, where George Bush is equal to Paris Hilton is equal to an internet stalker with a hard-on beneath a towel caught on camera naked in the kitchen of his intended victim is equal to some stupid rock band in their video is equal to a poor African kid with flies in his eyes is equal to an American boy getting his legs blown off in Iraq as 100s of thousand Iraqis themselves are
    displaced or murdered or erupt in an orgy of willing slaughter and public gore and revenge is equal to a slick car commercial with ironic contemporary music is equal to myspace.com or The New York Times. I'm just taking it all in, it's a phantasmagoria of wonder and possibility, more real than any thoughts or reality I might come up with on my own. We're in a new age, for sure. The only reality is pain, or possibly orgasm. Everything else is on the news. But it's also a sort of heaven - at least our ancestors might have thought so.

    Flux: This song seems almost prophetic of this summer in Britain, as much of the country is flooding!

    M: I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. Count your blessings though. At least you have a government with a sense of social responsibility, sure at least
    to do their (flawed) human best to bring people to safety and clean up the mess. In our case, over two years later, New Orleans is still a disaster
    zone, just muck and mold. A short time ago bloated corpses floated down its streets while dogs howled, quickly revisiting their bestial ways, rooting for nourishment in the ripe intestines of the proud citizens of one of the greatest and most historically rich cities in America... A disgrace! But I'm as complicit in this crime as the next person...

    -M Gira in Flux Magazine, july 2007
    laurelinwyntreon September 30, 2007   Link

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