I walk like you guide me, my eyes
Are shut like I'm blind
Turn to you and listening and tryin'
To be in your mind
There's a feeling that I get
When I look to the west
'Bout having all the answers
Still failing the test

Wolf packs and convoys and
Captains and men
Surprised in translation
World without end
Welcome back to real life
The picture is gone
Put a contract out on things that go on and on
How do you stay where
You most want to be?
Where'd you get the patience
Did it come easily?

ahhhhhh

On whose authority
I have none over me
On whose authority
There's none that I can see
On whose authority
I have none over me
On whose authority
No one speaks to me
On whose authority
I have none over me ...
ahhhhhhh

All the tales with paper heroes
The ones who dyed the sun
And called it yellow
The ones who made you run

On whose authority
I have none over me
On whose authority
There's none that I can see
On whose authority
I have none over me
On whose authority
None that' speaks to me
On whose authority
I have none over me ...
ahhhhhhh


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  • +1
    General CommentNo religion, no adherence to group-think in any way.
    shootthemanon April 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a feeling that I get
    When I look to the west

    That's from Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven - "there's a feeling I get, when I look to the west ... "

    Is that a shout out to one of their musical influences?
    shzaon June 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are the lyrics for See These Bones...
    Silon January 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song! I have to admit though, part of the reason I like it is that the opening chords remind me of Travis. And the "aaah" parts I really like. The lyrics are not that important this time.
    scaredycaton April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcome to think of it, the lyrics do have meaning, it's just that I have no clue...
    scaredycaton April 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of soldiers, or a soldier, going to war, specifically to Iraq. I first thought of that because of the line, "Wolf packs and convoys and Captains and men." The line "surprised in translation" could refer to dealing with a foreign culture and language. The "welcome back to real life, the picture is gone..." is about how when soldiers get back from a tour, their life has continued on and on without them. It must be hard to discern whether "real life" is over there, in the war, or back here. The "whose authority" is questioning whether the authority over the soldier is valid. The soldier in the song is dissolusioned about the war and realizes his heros were "paper." Perhaps the soldier realizes that he can't really see the authority... whether it's God or ideals about nationalism or the government.
    slowdivaon June 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh i thought the line was: "i won't let you guide me, my eyes"

    saying he won't JUST trust what he sees because there's more than meets the eye
    but i guess that's not the line, ha.
    thequiettypeon April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod.
    Madagnik7on March 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song and lyrical flow. "wolf packs and convoys and Captains and men, surprised with translation, world without end" just has a great meter to it.

    Song seems to be a question of what authority is in the first place, perhaps a "do what thou wilt" sort of musing?

    "World without end" could arguably be a shout out to Mercyful Fate and King Diamond who quoted that cliché as the final line of the Devil Worshipping song "The Oath."
    mydreamqueston April 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPut a contract out on things that go on and on
    TheWrongGirlon July 03, 2012   Link

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