"Orphan Anthem '86 (pre IFS version)" as written by and Andrew/campbell Sudderth....
We're gone but not better.
A lighted match can burn the cabin down he built.
It's not long but it matters.
Your suit and tie are much too tight in Farmersville.

My daughter's a goldmine, combing the hair of the white waves.
A fountain of saphires under the bridges of Utah.
Instilled in us ethics not by god, but by our choice.
I can't even imagine, but I can see it.

Tell them all to chop me off with left handed scissors rusting when you're touched.
On marble covered mountains, you're the brimstone

When surrounded by comfort cotton floors are of no use.
We see in our forecast what we lack in our pockets.
Encompassed by standards and we give ourselves all the credit.
I can't put my finger on it, but I can see it.

Tell them all to chalk me out with oval arms and hopscotch eyelids.
On marble covered mountains, you're my cargo.

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"Orphan Anthem '86" as written by Brett Stowers Andrew Sudderth

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    General Commentive always thought that orphan anthem was about god, but it wasnt until i read the lyrics to this, and other pre-ifs versions that i felt that my thoughts were truly confirmed.

    I think that this song is darroh telling a humanistic story that parallels his thoughts on god. The orphans are essentially people who have lost their faith in god and now feel lost in the world. They lived in this place where cruelty was rampant for so long, and they had to escape. this, to me, screams religion. You are bound to something that has time-and-time again proven to be nothing but cruelty disguised as good intentions. Hence an abusive orphanage. We take you in, give you hope, "care" for you, but in the end we are still beating the shit out of you and others with what we see as right.

    The shotgun metaphor is very powerful in my opinion..."tell that building we are shotguns, fully loaded and made custom" The building in the story is the orphanage, but symbolically i think it is the church. The tenants are shotguns, ready to burst forth with what they've learned first hand. the auntie em line is basically someone within the church telling outsiders that conditions in here arent what they seem to be. its a cry for help, if you see her, please let her know how it really is. We are on cardboard! Powers that be tell everyone outside that everyone within is happy and taken care of, yet they are just as lost as those who have no faith.

    To sum up, the song is a huge metaphor about losing your faith and feeling betrayed by those who claimed to be telling you the truth and looking out for your best interest. You grow up being told that everything is taken care of, but when you finally realize that it isnt, you are faced with a big escape. You have to ditch everything and everyone you held dear in order to search for the truth.
    AuntieEm&UncleSamon March 31, 2009   Link

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