One million died to make this sound
Can't learn the words if you don't know the feeling
Can't get the feeling if you don't know the sound
One million died to make this sound
Your band
Your band is bland
Your band is bland ambition

Can't live on their remainders
We'll starve on it for sure
Their way is debt and prisons
They are burning half the world
A feast of filthy feasts, man
Stale air and dead parades
The pretense of their awful gardens
Monuments the mess they've made
Give me a goddamn shovel
I'll dig my own damn hole
We drank 'til morning made us
Then ate the shit we stole

I.S.P. - N.S.A. - C.C.T.V. - D.O.D. - D.O.J. - D.O.C.
I.D.F. - A.O.L. - A.I.P.A.C. - I.E.D - S.U.V. - MP3
I.S.P. - N.S.A. - C.C.T.V. - D.O.D. - D.O.J. - D.O.C.
I.D.F. - A.O.L. - A.I.P.A.C. - I.E.D - S.U.V. - MP3...

One million died to make this sound

I learned it / at 17 / on drugs / and well policed /
It kissed me / as I fell / with fists full / of ringing bells /
So get fast / and get quick / with dum hearts / and swung hips /
Our dreams / deserve it...
(silk-screen that, ye twits, across thy internet...)
(silk-screen that, ye twits, across thy internet...)
One million died to make this sound...



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    General CommentInternet Service Provider//Nation Security Agency//Closed Circuit Television//Department of Defense//Department of Justice//Department of Commerce//Israel Defense Forces//America Online//American Israel Public Affairs Committee//Improvised Explosive Device//Sports Utility Vehicle//MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3
    UsedToVacationon February 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI read it as a sort of anarchist call to power.
    SMZ's gripes with the corruptive side of big business/politics and the moves being made to limit freedom seem to be the topic here. It seems to be about the big sense of mistrust of governmental agencies; the 'acronym call-out' sounds like a naming and shaming of what they take to be the main problem-causers.

    My guess is that SMZ are saying that it's not really feasible to reject the 'big 12', but it's the lesser evil. Hence:
    "Their way is debt and prisons...
    Give me a goddamn shovel
    I'll dig my own damn hole"


    "I learned it / at 17 / on drugs / and well policed /
    It kissed me / as I fell / with fists full / of ringing bells"
    I'd say that this bit is a pretty literal description of how they realised it all while living within the belly of the "horrible machine" described in the Dead Flag Blues monologue. Actually, I think the subject of this song is identical to DFB. They're both about the feeling that the society we're living in is a self-destructive monstrosity.


    The title line might even be a bit sour/ironic. They may well be pointing to the cost of the society that allows them to distribute things like the song you're listening to. Think of the sound coming out of your own speakers when they sing it; SMZ seem to be pointing to the humanitarian cost of what it's taken to make it happen.


    Even if all that's wrong, the song is a fucking astonishing piece of work. I cannot stop listening to this EP
    klarrixon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^(I mean even if my interpretation's wrong, not what they're singing)



    Also, for the "silk-screen that" part:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    "Since rudimentary screen-printing materials are so affordable and readily available, it has been used frequently in underground settings and subcultures, and the non-professional look of such DIY culture screen prints has become a significant cultural aesthetic seen on movie posters, record album covers, flyers, shirts, commercial fonts in advertising, and elsewhere."



    Like I said, it sounds like a call to activism aimed at all those who feel the same way as them about the world
    klarrixon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I.S.P. - N.S.A. - C.C.T.V. - D.O.D. - D.O.J. - D.O.C.
    I.D.F. - A.O.L. - A.I.P.A.C. - I.E.D - S.U.V. - MP3
    I.S.P. - N.S.A. - C.C.T.V. - D.O.D. - D.O.J. - D.O.C.
    I.D.F. - A.O.L. - A.I.P.A.C. - I.E.D - S.U.V. - MP3..."

    Efrim said in an interview that these abbreviations are things that politicians say to make things appear more innocent then they are.
    KingJelleon April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the song that will appear on their new album : 13 Blues for thirteen moons. I saw them perform this song last night in Montreal, it was AMAZING!
    Stumblethenrise_on March 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the "silk-screen that, ye twits, across thy internet" line is more like Efrim saying "go ahead and write whatever you want about us or our music on the internet, we don't care". I think it's another attack on the problems and contradictions in North American culture, with all these stuck-up internet sites taking the art and passion out of music and such. Pitchfork specifically comes to mind, and I remember Efrim mentioning a distaste for that website in an interview once.
    KennyBon November 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, keeping that internet bit in mind, the line "your band is bland ambition" sort of makes more sense, too.
    KennyBon November 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhen i saw them live a while ago, efrim said that it was a love song for bands that never made it anywhere.. or something like that.
    umma_gummaon December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really don't think this song is intended to be political at all. Rather, it's an indictment of the poor state of modern music. The whole thing is related to some ideas Efrim wrote about in an essay a few years back, which I'd strongly recommend reading: fishpiss.com/archives/…

    In this song, "they" are not big business or capitalists or anything related to that, but present-day Pitchfork-reading hipsters and the (mostly) paint-by-numbers indie bands they worship.
    MistaSparkleon April 14, 2009   Link

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