"Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition" as written by and Serj Tankian....
Come lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground
Come lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
Life affirming and our spiritual trust

Lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,

Buddha, Mohammad and the Hindu


Lost 100
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
People still ask when will Armageddon begin,

Dragging my feet any longer through the
pussy litter,
Dragging my feet any longer through the
pussy litter,
Dragging my feet any longer through the
pussy litter,

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
ammunition,

Do we ever have enough,
When we see that blue dove
Do we ever have enough
When we see that blue dove
We want to go where no ones been
No ones been

Come lay it down, wont you,
Come burn it down, cant you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground
Wont you.


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"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" as written by Serj Tankian

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about people misinterpreting the religion.
    "From the creation came love,
    You dont know what this love is all about,"
    Serj says that religion's about love, but people are using it as a motivation for hate instead.Take al qaida and even america as an example. They are both very religious, according to themselves, but neither of the religions promote hate and war. But they're using it as an excuse to make war, hence "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition"
    Zultharon October 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat I conceived from this song is that the writer wants to say religion has been misinterpreted and abused buy leaders and used as a tool for power, where he says : "from the prophet came the king".
    he means that prophet came for a goal but it lead to kingdoms that was not based on prophets goals because this kingdoms lead to "the pauper".
    And I guess he wants to say that this attitude toward religion would led to nothing but war, and what some people think that their religion is the key to redemption would be the key to war, where he says:
    "Do we ever have enough
    When we see that blue dove
    We want to go where no ones been
    No ones been"
    I conclude that he means what we think as Armageddon that is the time when Jesus or Budda or Mahdi will come to form a new world that no one has ever been, is just what we are told by our religion leaders and this idea is being used as a tool by them for power "praise the lord and pass the ammunition" for those leaders this idea is what construct their power and for us this is just war and hate and poverty, and he wants us to know, this utopia can be achieved only by considering the truth about religion which is love "you don't know what this love is all about" and we should know what love is really about(and for sure that is not war and killing for ideas) , so I guess he want us to consider the goal of creation and prophets LOVE and this love should be love to everything and everyone and simply to creation . If we want that utopia we should stop feelings like hatred and start to love.
    SAli2on September 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNit (Net, Neit, Neith) was the predynastic goddess of war , The Egyptians believed her to be an ancient and wise goddess, to whom the other gods came if they could not resolve their own disputes.
    I guess he uses this name as the prophet to tell us that prophets came to resolve and stop wars not to spread it, those who spread wars are kings , kings that came from the prophet means kings that abused prophets and their goals just for power.
    SAli2on September 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth the above have only commented on 2 lines, i think this shows exactly how this song can be looked at. I feel both examinations above are valid but to be devil's advocate hardly conclusive. I would be greatful to learn who Nlelith is? what is meant by

    "Dragging my feet any longer through the pussy litter" and what the swing is or represents?

    One of best on album if not thee.

    Brilliant album very artistic, have to concede it could be mistaken for just another system album but that takes nothing away from it.
    ellichisotton October 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have to disagree, i think it refers to when bush said god told him he needs to invade iraq.
    El_Superbeastoon November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would agree with all of you if it wasnt that you only mention some parts of the song
    the song basically is talking about war and how we drag religious reasons just to go to war.
    spiders9on November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that this song is about how we use religion as an excuse to go to war, but the song isnt necessarily about war itself. but through the whole of history religion has been behind most wars.
    "Come lay it down, wont you,
    Come burn it down, cant you"
    this is an invitation to fight
    and "praise the lord and pass the ammunition" is a religious leader telling people that god wants them to fight
    cogson November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe chorus works just as well either way round

    from love came creation -adam and eve stuff inspires first religions
    from the creation came the swing
    from the swing came the pauper - a pauper is a person who lives in poverty
    from the pauper came the king - a poor person needs someone to rule him, or to serve
    from the king came the prophet - the king decides that god wants him to do something, or he wants more power so proclaims himself or a puppet as a prophet to spread 'gods' word

    the 'swing' could be taken to mean many things, it could mean fun/passtimes/procreation. and you cant have fun without work, if a powerful person, ie a king has lots of time having fun, someone else has to do a lot more work to make up for it, the pauper does this extra work
    cogson November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRuNAwaY, anti-American themed? What the hell are you talking about, and another thing none of the other songs even have a hint of anti-American themes what so ever. Serj isn’t and has never been anti-American; disagreeing with policies makes you patriotic. Serj is involved in the government because he, like all of us, should care about it.

    Ok I think we can all agree that this song is talking about how people use religion to fuel and justify war. This is very common, especially within wars, which involve Islam. Also war has always been part of human nature. However, I think we’re missing key points in this song. Such as the lines: “Buddha, Mohammad and the Hindu / Lost 100”. This is just an odd mixture of religions; Buddhism is a religion that rarely gets into conflict and I don’t know much about Hinduism but I’d expect they wouldn’t either. Mohammad refers to Islam it doesn’t really fit with the other two religions. Then there the “Lost 100” which doesn’t make much since in the context, I mean well over 100 Islamic people have died as a result of current conflict.

    Another line of interest is, “People still ask when will Armageddon begin” followed with “Dragging my feet any longer through this pussy littler”. I think that these lines are implying that we’re all still wondering with the end will come. But this is the end, it seems he is saying look at this shit we’ve gotten in. and then questioning, why are we still going through with this shit. Maybe hinting that we should pull out of Iraq.

    Now onto the subject of the prophet referred to as, “Nlelith.” I think that it could be a pun for Neolithic, maybe a metaphor for the first human, our roots. Also if you think of prophet as God; then from God, came a king, for a king came servants or poor people. I’m not sure how “the swing”, creation or love has to do with it though. Also if you noticed that “creation” isn’t capitalized, I don’t think that it’s referring to Creation, as in the creation of the universe or Geneses.
    adombombon November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah adom bomb is right about serj being anti american and hinduism also tries to stay away from violence the line"Buddha, mohammad and the hindu lost 100" does refer to religion and i think "lost 100" has to do with the gods of the hindu religion
    spiders9on November 02, 2007   Link

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