Oh, the empires calling,
Trying to hear his voice,
While he’s preaching to the choir,
And that choir is death and noise.

And he closes up his fist, and he sees if they exist.

Angels with broken wings,
Melodic harmonies she sings.
She brings you white daffodils,
You place them on your windowsill.

Then you open up your fist, and you see if they exist.

Well you sit in dark forests,
You’ve been there for quite a while.
And when they come to take you,
You just sit and smile.

You say, “Hey, you take this. I’m gonna see if you exist.”

Oh it’s time to leave here,
And I still have my knife,
And it’s pressed up against my body,
Tonights gonna be the night.

And I cut my own wrist, just to see if I exist.



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    General Commenthey ey hey ooo!!
    bmwx11on February 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about a prisoner of war, and his experiences as one from when he is captured, to the time he's released.

    "While he's preaching to the choir,
    And that choir is death and noise."

    This seems to be calling for help when he is being capture, but no one helps, or fails to help successfully.

    "Well you sit in dark forests,
    You've been there for quite a while.
    And when they come to take you,
    You just sit and smile."

    He's been imprisoned for a while now, and he's possibly going to be executed. There's nothing he can do, so he just smiles.

    "Oh it's time to leave here,
    And I still have my knife,
    And it's pressed up against my body,
    Tonights gonna be the night.

    And I cut my own wrist, just to see if I exist."

    He's been rescued and/or released from the P.O.W camp. He causes himself pain by slitting his wrists just to make sure that he's still alive.



    TheSmashBroon October 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis will be the story of four people.

    "Oh, the empires calling,
    trying to hear his voice"
    the empire, reprisenting police, are calling to a man to put down a weapon, or to calm himself. They're also trying to hear his words.

    "While he’s preaching to the choir,
    And that choir is death and noise."
    He's yelling back at the police to kill him, wanting to die. This is exaggerated by the last line by representing the cops with death and noise - his death and the noise of shooting.

    "And he closes up his fist, and he sees if they exist."
    The closing of his fist reprisents his agressiveness toward the officers to provoke the attack - to see if they exist.

    "Angels with broken wings,
    Melodic harmonies she sings."
    A girl screems as she falls to her death.

    "She brings you white daffodils,
    You place them on your windowsill."
    The whtie daffodil is the flower of riches. So her death brings more wealth to someone, likely through the fact that no longer have to spend their money on her. She jumped out a window, as the flower was placed on a windowsill.

    "Then you open up your fist, and you see if they exist."
    That someone opens their hand in sadness, such as covering their face, as they note her death.

    "Well you sit in dark forests,
    You’ve been there for quite a while."
    The person sits in his darkness or depression, alone for a while.

    "And when they come to take you,
    You just sit and smile."
    This could be another suidice by cop in a calmer tone. They, being the empire, taking that persons life, as he's happy about it.

    "You say, “'Hey, you take this. I’m gonna see if you exist.'”
    This could mean that he used words to prevoke the cops, such as saying he has a weapon. The thing he tells them to take is his life.

    "Oh it’s time to leave here,
    and I still have my knife,"
    and it’s pressed up against my body,
    Tonights gonna be the night."
    the person's goign to kill themself with a knife.

    "And I cut my own wrist, just to see if I exist."
    They slit their wrist.

    And that was the story of four people, and how they killed themse
    imnotacopon May 01, 2015   Link

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