"Strength Through Music" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
A peculiar thing happened to me this morning,
Just as I reached into my pocket to find it empty of any ?????
I saw two broken twigs on the ground,
Shapped like the greek letters F & S,

F and S, helium, F & S,
These are the chemical symbols for Iron & sulfur
It was a sign I'm sure for me to make gold from these two elements,
I've been working all day over these hellish flames.

Locked in his bedroom
He saw the world
A web of answers
And cumshot girls

Tick tick tick tick tick
Tick tick tick tick tick

Don't bother blaming
His games and guns
He's only playing
And boys just want to have fun

He picked a soundtrack
And packed his bag
He hung his walkman
Around his neck

Tick tick tick tick tick
Tick tick tick tick tick

It's so simple
The way they fall
No cry, no whimper
No sound at all

Tick tick tick tick tick
Tick tick tick tick tick
Tick tick tick tick tick
Tick tick tick tick tick
Tick tick tick tick
Boom


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"Strength Through Music" as written by Amanda Palmer

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    General CommentA peculiar thing happened to me this morning:
    Just as I reached into my pocket to find it emptier than a (?),
    I saw two broken twigs on the ground
    Shaped like the Greek letters F and S.
    F and S, helium, F and S
    These are the chemical symbols for iron and sulphur
    It was a sign, I am sure, for me to make gold out of these elements
    I have been working all day
    Over these hellish flames.......

    this is a really haunting song, i love it!
    SMUSER17275325on August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA peculiar thing happened to me this morning,
    Just as I reached into my pocket to find it empty of any sow,
    I saw two broken twigs on the ground
    Shaped like the Greek letters F and S.
    F and S, Helium, F, and S
    These are the chemical symbols for iron and sulphur
    It was a sign, I am sure, for me to make gold out of these two elements
    I have been working all day
    Over these hellish flames.......

    Just fixed a couple of things.
    meifuon August 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the sound clip at the start is a metaphor for the shooter. The narrator sees some broken twigs and connects dots that aren't there, making the large leap that he is destined to make gold from sulphur and iron.

    The shooter is someone who sat all day on his computer, thinking he was seeing the world, but really just seeing the internet. We all know how people can act on the internet, the world could seem like an inhospitable place, and because no one ever reached out to the guy why shouldn't he come to that conclusion? Like the narrator in the sound clip at the start he connects dots that aren't there, but it's not entirely his fault, society is to blame as well.
    poweroutageon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAs far as the sample at the beginning goes:

    Also remember that Iron and Sulphur are elements traditionally associated in America with Guns ("Irons" were guns in cowboy slang) and Ammo (gunpowder used to be made with sulphur).

    The subject of the song is trying to use Iron (guns) and Sulphur (ammo) to somehow come up with Gold (happiness? satisfaction?). It's pointless. Even when you think about it, what will making Gold out of Iron and Sulphur actually solve?

    It's being compared to Alchemy (ancient science where people used mystic symbols and philosophy to try to turn things into gold) because it's the same kind of impossible obsession. None of the alchemists ever made gold out of other stuff. Even today's scientists haven't done it yet.
    citycomeawalkinon May 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know why he says "F and S, Helium, F and S,"? I'm really confused by the helium part. Anyone know what this means?
    amanangel95on August 16, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningthe song is about the school shootings, hands down. The first verse evades meaning, but the second verse makes it very clear. School children shooting other children- they think it's just a game. They're only playing. They think it's so simple, that they can just go and kill people. They make no sound. Has anyone seen the music video for this song, by the way? The one where Amanda walks down a school corridor, and the corridor fills up with bodies. It was absolutely horrifying to see.

    This is a truly brilliant song.
    interpretationwizardon January 18, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti saw Amanda in Melbourne 3 weeks ago. to anyone reading this, please, GO AND SEE HER. even my dad is still singing this song.

    Amanda said she wrote it about a man going mad with a gun in America a few years ago.

    This is creepy... the day she went into the studio to record it, the newspaper headlines were all abotu the Virginia Tech massacre.
    3 days before she came to Australia for the tour, a man went on a shooting rampage in an American mall.

    also notable was a couple in the front row at this show, who cried the whole way through this song.

    and may i say i don't blame them.
    mixitupon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's a columbine tribute song.

    or.. it was originally, at least.
    zoolahon July 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbut i'm sure it kind of pertains to any school shooting.
    it's just a tribute song to columbine.
    zoolahon July 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentany ideas on what the man says before Amanda starts singing?
    drmnon August 11, 2008   Link

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