As with gladness men of old did the shining world behold.
And so she took us down to the water's edge.
Said if we are not, careful with what we do,
We will reach a final end.

She gave him everything,
But he held her down and he tore her coat.
I shouldn't have loved you,
I shouldn't have loved you.

As with gladness men of old did the shining world believe.
And so took them down some bread.
But when he up and threw away the seed,
You could see her look away and sadly shake her head.

She gave him everything,
But he held her down and he tore her coat.
I shouldn't have loved you,
I shouldn't have loved you.

We want for the blood of the earth
To cure up the vine, but we roll it aside,
We roll it aside, we roll it aside, we roll it aside.

She gave him everything,
But he held her down and he tore her coat.
I shouldn't have loved you,
I shouldn't have loved you.

She gave him everything,
But he held her down and he tore her coat.
I shouldn't have loved you,
I shouldn't have loved you.


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    General CommentYay, I'm the first to post about this song. And it's a very good one. This song is about mankind's ill treatment of mother nature. The song takes a literal approach to preaching about things such as combustion of fossil fuels, overfishing, and deforestation.
    Duke_Bankson November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn case you were wondering "As With Gladness Men of Old" is also an old Christmas Carol oddly enough. And the chrous' breaks and commas match up almost perfectly to this song's. If youre interested to compare, here's a link to check it out.
    carols.org.uk/…
    Klal531on November 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment*rare chad urmston love song*
    dispatchfan09on March 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I suppose it actually IS a love song, if you think about it. (And yes, I do agree with Duke Banks' explanation)

    Thanks for the link to the carol as well.
    ManInTheHallon March 21, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@DispatchIt: No need to insult Klal531, he just pointed out that the song has many layers and he is not wrong (as there is no right and wrong until Chad tells us^^).

    In fact I think it's with intent that the first line of both songs match each other:

    As with gladness, men of old did the guiding star behold...
    AND
    As with gladness, men of old did the shining world behold...


    I also think that this song is about "mother earth" - personified as a woman suffering under the cruelty of a man (=mankind). It's a sad song... we had all chances to make this place a paradise (she gave him everything, took them down some bread), we even got warned that it can't go on like that (And so she took us down to the water's edge. Said if we are not, careful with what we do, We will reach a final end) but we blew it up.

    On another layer of this song, it's a sad love song. Earth seems like a woman with no self-confidence, but trying to love mankind devotional. But he beats her up, violates her, leafing nothing behind. Reminds me of some cases of domestic violence I think we all know.

    The Christmas song gives a strong contrast, as Christmas songs are usually peaceful.
    You can see this particular one as an alternative ending, because it describes how people should have treated our environment (=Jesus in the Christmas song) and also gives hope for the future (=live after death). But this last part is just gambling, it's just the only way I could connect that two songs!
    Would be cool if somebody else would add their comments. My English isn't that good - so I don't understand all the hints and allusions in the songs.

    Conclusion:
    Great song! Great lyrics! Great band!
    State Radio is the most underrated band I know. It makes me sad seeing that only some thousand people have watched their videos on youtube...
    justnateon October 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is most certainly not about A Christmas Carol. Moron. Duke Banks got it right.
    DispatchIton September 11, 2011   Link

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