"My Kingdom" as written by and Ian Stephen/sergeant Mcculloch....
I chop and I change and the mystery thickens
There's blood on my hands and you want me to listen
To brawn and to brain when the truth's in the middle
Born of the grain like all good riddles

B-B-burn the skin off and climb the roof top
Thy will be done
B-B-bite the nose off and make it the most of
Your king- kingdom kingdom kingdom

You kill when you talk and the enemy weakens
Your words start to walk when you're not even speaking
If my heart is a war its soldiers are bleeding
If my heart is a war its soldiers are dead

B-B-B-burn the skin off and climb the roof top
Thy will be done
B-B-bite the nose off and make it the most of
Your king- kingdom kingdom kingdom

Do do do do do do do, do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do, do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do, do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do, do do do do do do do

I've lost and I've gained and while I was thinking
You cut off my hands when I wanted to twist
If you know how to dance to Boney Maroney
He's doing the ballet on both of his wrists

B-B-B-burn the skin off and climb the roof top
Thy will be done
B-B-bite the nose off and make it the most of
Your k-k- k- k- k- kingdom, king-k- k- k- k

B-B-B-burn the skin off and climb the roof top
And I will be done
B-B-bite the nose off and make the most of
Your king- kingdom, kingdom, kingdom

(You're a bitter malignous person)
(And the death is well overdue)
(You suck the blood that kills you)
(You kiss the hand that hates you)

(You're a bitter malignous person)
(And your death is well overdue)
(Your sucking bitter pain)


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"My Kingdom" as written by Leslie Thomas Pattinson Ian Stephen Mcculloch

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    General CommentG-g-g-g-reat guitar
    mediocremurphyon December 14, 2010   Link
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    General Comment
    This song is about an angry, perhaps violent, argument between two people who consider each other loved ones, who unsuccessfully try to get the other one to listen.

    "I chop and I change and the mystery thickens
    There's blood on my hands and you want me to listen
    To brawn and to brain when the truth's in the middle
    Born of the grain like all good riddles"

    these lines juxtapose imagery of committing violent murder ("chop", "change" (to dispose of blood-stained clothing), "mystery" (i.e., murder mystery), "blood on my hands") with words describing what might happen during a verbal disagreement ("you want me to listen....") means that its about an argument, in which the narrator is extremely angry, i.e. figuratively screaming bloody murder, and has trouble listening to the other person. "to brawn and to brain...." means the dichotomy between passionate anger and cool reason "when the truth's in the middle" means the resolution lies in compromising between passionate love and calm, civil, rationality. "born of the grain...." means as opposed to "against" the grain, meaning, to favor harmony rather than opposition. "...like all good riddles" means that the way to resolve the argument is a riddle to be found, which riddle must be solved together through harmony and cooperation, not stiff opposition and hostility.

    "B-b-burn the skin off and climb the roof top
    Thy will be done
    B-b-bite the nose off and make it the most of
    Your king- kingdom kingdom kingdom"

    That chorus is sarcastically said to and heard by the narrator during the ongoing argument. The narrator is so angry, he won't take no for an answer ("thy will be done") and he in effect bites his own nose off to spite his face. "His kingdom" is sarcastic--the narrator has no control over his words and actions, he is the opposite of a ruler of a kingdom. I say the narrator is the one being spoken to in the chorus, not the one doing the speaking, because the title is "My Kingdom" rather than "Your..." Also, it could be that they are saying it to each other.

    "You kill when you talk and the enemy weakens
    Your words start to walk when you're not even speaking
    If my heart is a war its soldiers are bleeding
    If my heart is a war its soldiers are dead"

    with lyrics like those, the song has to be about matters of the heart and conflict with a loved one. Still more killing imagery , but this time it's the narrator's partner doing the figurative violence, and the "enemy" is the narrator. The last two lines of the verse are explicit similes relating his heart to an army in a war. These two lines make it clear that this song is about matters of the heart, and that the violent and militant imagery is just figurative, not literal.

    "I've lost and I've gained and while I was thinking
    You cut off my hands when I wanted to twist
    If you know how to dance to Boney Maroney
    He's doing the ballet on both of his wrists"

    that verse juxtaposes dance imagery ("twist" "Bony Maronie"*, "ballet") with imagery of violent amputation. again this is about conflict with a loved one. the narrator is trying to work things out (dancing) but the partner is "cutting off his hands" meaning the partner is making it difficult or impossible to talk things over.

    the lyrics in parentheses at the end are the hostile thoughts of the narrator toward the other person, or perhaps the mutual thoughts of both persons, which are thought in a moment of anger, even though each professes that other person to be a loved one.


    *From wikipedia: "Bony Moronie" is Larry Williams' third single, which has been covered many times, including a version translated into Spanish re-named "Popotitos". Williams' original peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #4 on the U.S. R&B chart.













    mliem411on July 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDoes no one remember the Bunnymen? C'mon! They were arguably one of the best alternative bands of the 80s. This is such a good song from a great album.
    monster36604on January 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust got the album and this song is probly the best on it...certainly among the best...great tune
    slaorenzon March 31, 2009   Link

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