It was a rough night,
Turned into years in an unknown land.
Jut a grudge fight,
Cooked up by the D.C. suits on hand.
We had a hard time,
But we tried to understand.
These born-again, gunpoint libertines.

Then they sold us down the face of the might river,
Sold turpentine for tea.
Hold me now it's the evil liberator,
And he's coming with a gang of thieves.

In the firelight,
Of the torched out refineries.
He sat upright,
The poster boy for the I.M.C.
A poor man fights and dies for what a rich man only believes,
Sure as a blind man does note see the floor.

Then they sold us down the face of the might river,
Sold turpentine for tea.
Hold me now it's the evil liberator,
And he's coming with a gang of thieves.

[Chorus]
And they say no battleship too big for the war emporium.
It's give it all you got son and go back to where you're from.
'Cause we're hiding in the wings, we're the super neocons.
We got bombs and they got barrels of gasoline.

You know you'll have it coming if you say there is nothing to see.

In the desert night,
They listened for the baying of the hounds.
But it wasn't quite right,
No sign of the weather underground.
And they were keepin' a sharp eye,
But they never saw what they had found.
At last it was only you and me.

Well then they sold us down the face of the might river,
Sold turpentine for tea.
Hold me now it's the evil liberator,
And he's coming with a gang of thieves.

[Chorus]

[Chorus]

You know you'll have it coming if you say that there is nothing to see.



Lyrics submitted by Harv043

Gang of Thieves song meanings
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    General CommentThis one is definitely a reference to war profiteering from big companies, Gangs of Thieves, such as Lockheed Martin and Haliburton
    ae12osolon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"we got bombs and they got barrels of gasoline" im pretty darn sure thats a reference to the iraqi war, explaining the rediculous importance of oil that makes having oil as influecial as having bombs.
    butifuldaisasteron June 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentagreed and agreed, State Radio is very much against the war in iraq (for obvious reasons) They certainly used some great analogies in this song
    rockndrollmasteron October 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"You know you'll have it coming if you say there is nothing to see."

    Great line from a kick-ass song. I agree that this song is about the politics and business of war.
    democracyinkindon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the war in Iraq. The "evil liberator" almost certainly is Bush. A neocon is a conservative who used to be a liberal or a socialist, so the line "we got bombs and they got barrels of gasoline" isn't a narrative on oil being as influential as bombs, but more a call to arms. We've got bombs and the Gang of Thieves has gasoline. It's a call to arms. Great song.
    DispatchIton September 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe U.S. invades countries saying it is "freeing" them, then kills thousands and thousands of people and starts stealing everything in sight to make big profit opportunities for big companies. That's why the U.S. is the "evil liberator". I don't think this is just about Iraq, because Chad has shown that he's very knowledgable about the fact that our military is doing the same thing in so many other places also. This is imperialism, and the big companies are the Gang of Thieves. And I would make a slight edit to what previous commenters have said: "We've got bombs and they've got barrels of gasoline" means the U.S. has bombs which it will use to take the barrels of gasoline away from the country we're invading (and that part does largely mean Iraq, but also Kuwait, and also Afghanistan, because the point of the invasion of Afghanistan is to attempt to secure a route for a pipeline). Love to State Radio and all you State Radio fans.
    P.S. Anybody have a thought on what the "And after all it was only you and me" part means?
    LundyBon December 04, 2011   Link

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