"Broken Lungs" as written by Dustin Michael Kensrue, Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge and Teppei Teranishi....
Woke up to a brand new skyline
We licked our wounds and mourn the dead
Swallow the story hook and sinker
Is that what we meant when we said
That we never would forget?

Are we fools and cowards all
To let them cover up their lies?
Cause we all watched the buildings fall
Watched the scales fall from our eyes

A fire burns beneath Manhattan
Still we breathe with broken lungs
We act like none of this matters
Is that what we meant When we said
That we'd sing what must be sung?

Are we fools and cowards all
To let them cover up their lies?
Cause we all watched the buildings fall
Watched the scales fall from our eyes

We want answers
Scream from the roofs
We want justice
We want the truth


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"Broken Lungs" as written by Dustin Michael Kensrue, Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Teppei Teranishi

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    General CommentOkay, everybody should calm down for a second. Think a little bit.
    This song specifically deals with the events of 9/11.
    Okay, now that we understand that it is not using 9/11 as an "example" but very specifically speaking of those events, we can move on.
    Now the next question is, what exactly is he saying of those events?
    I think he wrote the song because he is so frustrated with the media and the way they talk about 9/11.
    He doesn't necessarily think it was an "inside job". Please stop posting that he in fact wrote it because he thinks that. He simply thinks that something went on that day that was a little strange and all the facts aren't spoken of. If you just look at the American coverage of the story, you will see the holes everywhere. I'm not saying that it couldn't have been an "inside job" but I'm gonna be more clear minded than that. It could have been a number of things. What is an "inside job" anyway? Do we really think that "The Government" is responsible? Who is "The Government"? Are we including the NSA, FBI, CIA and Private Associations? Also, do we really think that all of those agencies like each other and share information?
    Basically something went on and we weren't told the half of it. I think we can all somewhat agree on that and also maybe try and leave it at that. Dustin, like all of us, desperately wants truth and desperately wishes for the American public to wake up.
    NayThinon January 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlike every one else, i agree it is about 9/11. seriously tho, dont lose respect for him, he IS intelligent, and knows what he's talking about. not everyone is a cross eyed retard that thinks the gov. is all goody two shoes. Ever heard of the Lusitania, pearl harbor? Catalyzing events cause dramatic change with the support of people in their united fear. im not gonna even go into the hundreds of fucking obvious facts of evidence to support questionable doubt about the full story on 9/11. enjoy being a part of the american machine, enjoy your big mac and diet coke
    Xactoon September 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song bugs the hell out of me. It's incredibly well-written, and the themes it emphasizes are important (questioning authority, demanding the truth, and so on)... But its subject matter is a conspiracy theory that's no less absurd than the Illuminati or the Masons secretly controlling the world government.

    It's bullshit, plain and simple. We don't know everything about what happened that day, and we never will because of the millions of people indirectly involved, the extreme complexity of the events, the close connections with national security, and the right to privacy for the victims' families, but of what we DO know, there is nothing to even remotely suggest that anything other than the "official story" happened. ALL of the evidence points toward it, ALL of the points in "Loose Change" have been debunked as much as is scientifically possible without rebuilding the damn things and crashing another pair of planes into them.

    Dustin is an incredibly intelligent, well-read, and gifted lyricist, but he's so far off the mark on this one, and it disappoints me.
    DubbaEwwTeeEffon April 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^Same here welcome2space.

    Ironically enough I post this comment on the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

    But anyway I only wanted to mention an interesting tidbit I found-

    The part that says 'scales fall from our eyes' comes directly from the book of Acts, chapter 9, in the Bible, when Jesus appears to Saul on the road to Damascus. Saul is blinded by Jesus' light. When later he regains his vision, it is described as 'something like scales fell from Saul's eyes'.

    Something I stumbled across. Certainly no coincidence.
    TheAbstruseMeaningon September 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great!

    From only listening to it twice, I feel it's about the days after 9/11/01
    About how some people felt in New York, breathing in the poisonous dust from the rumble, going to work the day after like nothing had happened.
    And the one time we believed in our government about what they were saying, then only a few years after that it could have been prevented.

    Those are my two cents.
    DavidMoonon March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it definitely is about 9/11 or at least alludes it to imply some greater context. Not really sure what that mey be quite yet, but I know that there is one. It's Thrice.
    sabioon March 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, this song is clearly about 9/11 but I'm pretty sure the lungs being mentioned are not literally lungs. Anyone who listens to thrice a lot knows that they use lots of imagery and metaphors, and while the issue of the ground zero workers having health complications after 9/11 was unjust, I doubt thats what the song is about.

    The first two lines are pretty clear, after 9/11, we, americans, were all very hurt. But the 3rd line gives the song away. We swallowed the story, hook and sinker. I think this is talking about how the Bush administration took advantage of the fear that America had right after 9/11 to sell us this completely outrageous story of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That was proven to be a completely false story, but in our fear, we handed our trust over to Pres. Bush, and americans came out as the suckers.

    The line "is that what we meant when we said we never would forget" is talking about how we should never forget 9/11, but the way that we've acted as a response to 9/11, invading foreign countries, declaring pre-emptive war, this is all wrong, its a shame and it isnt how the people who died in 9/11 would have wanted to be redeemed for the great tragedy that has befallen them.

    dustin is saying we are "fools and cowards" to let them (the american gov't) exploit our post 9/11 fear, and even after they have been caught red-handed for lying and sending our nation into an unecessary, multibillion dollar war, after it was all shown to be a lie, we just let them walk away. they are not held accountable.
    n0tfamuson March 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyrics are slightly wrong...only at the screaming part though.

    check it

    ocregister.com/video/…
    AlbertAdon April 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentocregister.com/video/…?
    bcpid=1127694947&bclid=1137790239&bctid=1483830908

    my bad.
    AlbertAdon April 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentn0tfamous, dont be a dumbass liberal. " invading foreign countries, declaring pre-emptive war, this is all wrong" We have only invaded 2 countries, you are acting like we are taking over the world. I understand how people can be upset about Iraq. But if you disagree with invading Afganistan, then you're a fool.
    Dantheman448on April 01, 2008   Link

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