"The Dissentience" as written by and Arif Mirabdolbaghi Tim Millar....
Down the street half a block away
In a familiar place,
Regular people agree with each other in smoke signals

Down the street half a block away in a familiar place
Where regular people all agree with each other

Interprets the law as aging
With its eyesight failing, the law is aging

Oh, sitting across, telling stories,
So sit across the table, our eyes unclose like books we've read twice

So cry ghost baby
So on the shelves lined with spines
Dust collects from scattered ash
From an urn unturned
Spilling over someone regular.

And all the such regulars
Cry ghost or boast of a friend of a friend
Who saw a strange sight,
Or heard a strange sound.

Now whisper tall tales of murder


Down the street, half a block away
In a familiar place, with regular people

Agree with each other in smoke signals
Brought together to burn the that brings them together

Interpret the law as aging with its eyesight failing x2

Somebody's little girl
Dreams of the things she's read

Somebody, somebody's little girl
Dreams of the things she's read
And the monsters in her bed who hacked her
into blood-meat.

Somebody's little girl
Dreams of the things she read
While the monsters in her bed who hacked her
into blood-meat.


Lyrics submitted by gorgonseye

"The Dissentience" as written by Lucas Hoskin Arif Mirabodlbaghi

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    General CommentIm not exactly sure what the theme of this song is about, but after reading over it, it might be about the ages of history becoming blurry. People begin to hear many different accounts of history, therefore a big rumour is started. Many historical accounts we hear are often mixed in with lies. This also plays a role into today's culture; Many lies are spread by the media in order to cover up the true details of the story.
    mouse380on February 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"sentience
    1. The quality or state of being sentient; consciousness.
    2. Feeling as distinguished from perception or thought."

    "Sentience refers to the ability to feel or perceive subjectively, not necessarily including the faculty of self-awareness."

    "The Sentience Quotient of an individual is a measure of the efficiency of an individual brain [although not its relative intelligence]"
    gorgonseyeon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about drinking booze and fucking bitches.

    I read that in an article somewhere. But its supposed to be really metaphorical
    The Spoonon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentActually, The Spoon is right, the link is: headbangersblog.mtv.com/2008/01/28/protest-the-hero-kill-boredom-brain-cells-with-prog-noise/

    "Brought together to burn the thing that brings them together." It's pretty clear they're talking about weed. :) The rest of the song seems to be about friends recalling experiences when they were stoned, and that sort of thing. The last line with the "girl" and "blood-meat" is probably in reference to the "bitches" they fuck, but maybe not. :D

    In any case, I like to think there's little gems of hidden alternate meanings, like what mouse380 said, which I also thought was the theme of the song at first. Sometimes little things like that slip in subconciously when you write poetry.
    AmpleVoltageon February 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Down the street half a block away, in a familiar place regular people agree with each other in smoke signals."

    wow, you're right
    gorgonseyeon February 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song has been switched with limb from limb
    the dissentience was supposed to be in the second movement and limb from limb was to be in the first, check the lyrics for proof, kinda similar to bloodmeat and bone marrow (and also has a gruesome title like the latter)

    this song is more along the lines of spoils
    it definitely belongs in the second movement
    B12on February 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentand i think the term "bloodmeat" is some sort of inside joke between the band members
    B12on February 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen they mean by "bloodmeat" is the blood inside you rushing to your gential organs. Yes, and they admitted that, and it's quite funny actually.
    conrad123on February 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTO what gorgonseye said about "sentience". Why the fuck would it be about sentience when the song is called the dissentience. If you look up the word Dissentience you will find it means
    Meaning #1: disagreeing, especially with a majority
    Meaning #2: (of Catholics formerly) refusing to attend services of the Church of England. So it the title means to go against religion mainly Catholicism. "cry ghost and boast of the friend of a friend who saw a strange sight, or heard a strange sound, who now whispers tall tales of murder most foul" i see this as refering to the bible story of how someone knew someone who saw jesus once he was risen(cry ghost and boast of the friend of a friend who saw a strange sight) and once the disciples saw jesus risen they could speak many tongues to preach the word of jesus(or heard a strange sound) and then they spread the word of jesus' crucifixion to others in these tongues.(who now whispers tall tales of murder most foul) just my two cents
    duffytingzon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhenever i hear this song, i always envision it taking place in an opium den with a plethora of subdued men relating exaggerated stories of murder, ghosts, and their rebellious views of the current political system (ties in with the definition of "dissentience"). All of them are in a vegetated state, they all conform to each others idea of nonconformity.
    In the end, their mythology reaches young ears and is interpreted as truth. The mythology instills conservatism and a fear of the UNKNOWN into little girls and adults until they are no longer emotional, free, individual human beings but still-life, cold blooded, god-fearing, monster-fearing slabs of meat. It is not the actual monster who hacked her to bloodmeat, but the sense of "faith through fear" that stripped her of her humanity and individuality and turned her into nothing more than blood and tissue. The same "faith through fear" persuaded Genghis Khan's minions to spread the virgin east and the modern world to crusade against extraterrestrial life.
    mishmeisteron June 09, 2008   Link

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