"Banged and Blown Through" as written by Saul Williams and Trent Reznor....
We are broken instruments
Burst wide open, smashed and bent

Not what you'd expect
From these city streets
Who serves to protect
The orchestra in me?

Conductor, conductor
I feel electricity
Conductor, conductor
Can you bring out the song in me?

Instruments, instruments, instruments
Banged and blown through
Instruments, instruments, instruments
Banged and blown through

Instruments, instruments, instruments
Banged and blown through
Instruments, instruments
Instruments, instruments

We are broken instruments
Burst wide open smashed and bent

Not what you'd expect
From these city streets
Who serves to protect
The orchestra in me?

Instruments, instruments, instruments
Banged and blown through
Instruments, instruments, instruments
Banged and blown through

Instruments, instruments, instruments
Banged and blown through
Instruments, instruments, instruments, instruments

Conductor, conductor
Conductor, conductor
Can you bring out the song in me?


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"Banged And Blown Through" as written by Trent Reznor Saul Williams

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    General Commentthis definitely sounds like home and in this twilight, and i love every second of all three tracks
    slevletteon November 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me, the song sounds like it falls somewhere between Home & And All That Could Have Been.

    But, as for the meaning behind the song, I feel it's more of a call to say that he has been tainted by life and the roads that he's traveled down. Still, he feels that there is still something inside of him with potential. Something hidden inside that can serve him, help him grow, make him shine as he is supposed to. That's where the "Conductor Conductor" part comes in. He's crying out to his God/Inspiration/Spirit to help him prove to that he's more than just the broken shell that everyone currently sees.

    Plus, I'm sure he's saying it not only to himself, but, also, to others who feel just as he does.

    P.S. I don't think the "Not what you’d expect from these city streets. " and "Who serves to protect the orchestra in me?" should be separated. I believe they are together as one statement. (Not what you'd expect from these city streets who serves to protect the orchestra in me) The reason why I say this is because it applies to what I believe is the meaning behind the song. The statement is saying that the hardships that he face "protect," as in cages or prevents him from showcasing, what is really inside of him. And, he's saying that you wouldn't expect for him to be more than what is currently is seen after going through what he went through.
    Cabreson November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHes basically saying everyone has potential but no one is using it. So who will bring it out?
    Alexis507on November 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis track was one of the original 14 too. It grew on me pretty fast, although I was hesitant to write to it at first because it reminded me somehow of my song Surrender. One night I had my longtime friend and collaborator Maryam Blackshear over to try some viola over the track. I set a mic up in my bedroom and used my vs1680 to record her from my laundry room. Right as she started recording I tip toed into the room to adjust the mic. Maryam plays with her eyes closed and when she saw me approaching she jumped and banged her bow against the bridge of her instrument. I kept the mistake in the music which is what u hear at the top of the song and used it to inspire the lyrics. I think I sound like Seal too. But I think Seal sounds like Nick Drake. I don't think I sound like Nick Drake. I wish I did though.
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link

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