"The Arsonist" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
There is truth beneath the floorboards
there is hope in brick and stone
But they tell me just to shut my mouth
leave well enough alone
But I think maybe all that's needed
is a match and gasoline
because I don't think that any one of them believes that there will be a reckoning

But I will see this city burn

There are still good shepherds scattered
but they're far between and few
And the sheep's skin that the wolves all wear is so thin I see right through
And I think maybe all that's need is some gas and open flame
because I don't think that any one of them believes that fire can erase their names

But I will see this city burn
I said I will see this city burn

We will burn it down and build it again
what was buried in flame
Burn it down and build it again from the bricks that remain

I love this city, but I've set and numbered its days
I love this city, enough that I'll set it ABLAZE

There is truth beneath the floorboards
there is hope in brick and stone
But they tell me just to shut my mouth
leave well enough alone
But I think that maybe all that's needed is some flint and hardened steel
because I don't think that any one of them believes that the revolution's real

We will burn it down and build it again
what was buried in flame
Burn it down and build it again from the bricks that remain

I love this city, but I've set and numbered its days
I love this city, enough that I'll set it ABLAZE

It will burn


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"The Arsonist" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentTrendy don't be worried about bringing biblical references, it's obvious Dustin pulls from biblical references in songs so there's no need to worry. It's when you start calling Thrice a christian band (which they aren't and have said themselves they aren't) and saying the lyrics only are for christians, then you better watch out... people get pissed.
    Mortisfacio3on October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have a feeling this is about Isaiah 9... The city of Samaria(and Assyria) was threatened to be burned down, and the people said they were going to rebuild with "better" bricks... their arrogance thinking they could build better and it would undo God's judgment.

    The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
    And it has fallen on Israel.
    9 All the people will know–
    Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria–
    Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
    10 “ The bricks have fallen down,
    But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
    The sycamores are cut down,
    But we will replace them with cedars.”
    11 Therefore the LORD shall set up
    The adversaries of Rezin against him,
    And spur his enemies on,
    12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
    And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth.

    For all this His anger is not turned away,
    But His hand is stretched out still.
    13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,
    Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
    14 Therefore the LORD will cut off head and tail from Israel,
    Palm branch and bulrush in one day.
    15 The elder and honorable, he is the head;
    The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
    16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err,
    And those who are led by them are destroyed.
    17 Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men,
    Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows;
    For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer,
    And every mouth speaks folly.

    For all this His anger is not turned away,
    But His hand is stretched out still.
    18 For wickedness burns as the fire;
    It shall devour the briers and thorns,
    And kindle in the thickets of the forest;
    They shall mount up like rising smoke.
    19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts
    The land is burned up,
    And the people shall be as fuel for the fire;
    No man shall spare his brother.
    20 And he shall snatch on the right hand
    And be hungry;
    He shall devour on the left hand
    And not be satisfied;
    Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
    21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
    Together they shall be against Judah.

    For all this His anger is not turned away,
    But His hand is stretched out still.

    Does it fit... let me know what you guys think?
    God Bless
    droptozroon April 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwatch this city burn...
    monticelloon October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty clear that this song's talking a lot about hell and judgment day, and people's lack of belief in them.

    "There is truth beneath the floorboards;
    there is hope in brick and stone."

    Those two lines are totally Poe references. The floorboards one being from telltale heart and the brick and stone reference I think is from the Black Cat.
    kungfuasauruson October 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about refinement not so much the reckoning. the telltale heart reference is cool. specially cause it has the "ticking" drums when dustin sings that line. just reminds me of the ticking/beating underneath the floor boards
    faithinthethiefon October 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI hate to be the guy bringing too much Bible into this but its almost impossible not to get a sense that Dustin might be a little influenced by the images of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the Old Testament God Sodom will be destroyed by "brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven" because there are too many evil men living in it. In Genesis 18, God informs Abraham that he plans to destroy the city of Sodom because of its gross immorality. Abraham pleads with God not to destroy Sodom, and God agrees that he would not destroy the city if there were 50 righteous people in it, then 45, then 30, then 20, or even ten righteous people. The Lord's two angels only found one righteous person living in Sodom, Abraham's nephew Lot. Consequently, God destroyed the city.
    TrendyKidsSuckon October 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthrice is definatly a Christian band..look at their lyrics.

    besides Dustin is planning on becoming a pastor after thrice is over, and they go to Harbor Rock Church like every sunday
    allaothsburnedon October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUmm... I've looked at their lyrics many many times, and as I previous stated i'm fully aware Dustin pulls from biblical references, and I think that's cool. But not all their songs have religious ties.

    I could go on all day on why Thrice isn't a christian band and links to interviews with the band about how they aren't a christian band, but I feel this topic has been beaten to hard so I will only quote one interview (from Riley):

    "We're definitely not a Christian band. We've never been into being preachy, never been into spreading any kind of word. It just came from [lead singer Dustin Kensrue] singing about issues that he was having--a lot of those were faith-based. Some people are turned off by that. Then there are a lot of people who are like, not even from a Christian standpoint, [and they say,] 'Dustin's lyrics have helped me start exploring why I'm here, what I'm doing here, justifying my existence and stuff.' I think that's a good thing. I'm not a Christian, and I'm not exactly sure what I believe in. But I do believe in looking for answers and being open to a lot of different things."

    Basically, there is no denying that there are many religious beliefs in Dustin's lyrics, but it's his inclusion of the religious content plus things from philosophy, history, life etc. that make Dustin my favorite song writer, he's truly amazing in his ability. But it's that they are not preaching jesus/god and his thoughts on other topics that make Thrice not a christian band, but Dustin speaking out with christian beliefs and fellow band members who are christian and do not aim to preach christianity through their music (I think Riley is the only non-christian, but I may be mistaken).

    Now that i've said what i've wanted to get out there i'm done with the topic and am sorry to have brought out the debate everyone knows and hates. (i've gone for years seeing these debates, but never posting my thoughts on the matter so it's kind of just built up and eventually I had to do it... sorry it had to be in the comments of my favorite song on the new album...). But before I go i just want to clear some things up before people get pissed off: i'm a christian, I respect Dustins biblical references, I respect Thrice as a band (they've been my favorite since First Impressions) and I respct the beliefs on this topic from both the christian and non-believer point of view; everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
    Mortisfacio3on October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes this song remind anyone of the book Fahrenheit 451? theres a lot in it that makes me think of the book, maybe its just coincidence


    all in all, great song
    dark nighton October 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about the United States and MAINLY what a true patriot would do for their country.

    This persona who's singing is saying how they're so willing to burn their home (to purge the land from it's "sheep-skin wearing wolves") that they'll even cause destruction.

    I believe Thrice thinks that people of not only the U.S but the rest of the world are not satisfied of where they are heading. These people need something new to happen; a revolution.
    Ruttikerson October 16, 2007   Link

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