If I started my own country
For the flag, what colours would I use?
Such a myriad to choose from
I would pick red, yellow & blue

Red, for the blood I'd spill to own it
Yellow, for the sun which shines my way
& although I am leader of this country
Blue, because I'd still have sad days


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    General CommentI think this is probably inspired by kurt vonnegut.

    In slaughterhouse-five an american turned german nazi explains to american soldiers his armband.. a red armband with a blue swastika in a white circle.

    "'Blue is for the American sky,' -'White is for the Race that pioneered the continent, drained the swamps and cleared the forests and built the roads and bridges. Red is for the blood of American patriots which was shed so gladly in years gone by.'"

    since the band is clearly a fan of vonnegut, i think this connection is pretty plausible
    alexandraqwertyon August 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe Vonnegut connection is good. However, it's worth noting that the colors of Arizona's flag are red, yellow, and blue, and the album (which shares the name) has a cowboy on the front. Perhaps it was an ode to Arizona using a Vonnegut allusion?
    Topherzon December 13, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThe Kurt Vonnegut thought is a very good one, but I think the explanation is more direct. This is the opening song on their first full-length album. That makes this their primer, their statement of intent. So I think Luke used this song to explain the band and what to expect from them.
    Their music is as simple as you'll get in a standard rock n' roll format- 3 members playing the basic instruments: drums, bass, and guitar/vocals. So they chose 3 colors- the 3 primary colors. The 3 basic colors that reflect their minimalistic sound.
    If I started my own country, what colors would I use? A myriad to choose from and just choosing red, yellow, and blue? Luke's saying that there's ten thousand bands out there with a huge array of sounds, but in his music- his country- it will be simple and direct, but from it any color can be mixed, i.e. nuances will inevitably emerge.
    ccondryon January 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentHey...very good idea for the song.
    adamzon March 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it is cool
    delicious0312on March 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks, I wasn't sure about the lyrics near the end. I thought it was "sandwich on my way." Haha.
    Clap Your Handson April 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood opening song on the album. :D
    chickenflickeron May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe first time i listened to the album, i didnt think much of this as an opener. But now i love it, the lyrics are so simple but fantastic. it makes you wonder how noone thought of it before, like the lyrical version of the toaster.
    alex1990on June 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsandwich on my way
    gatinion August 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpiet mondrian
    "composition with red, yellow and blue"
    trypticsoyagaron August 13, 2008   Link

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