"Another Bag of Bones" as written by and Kevin Patrick Devine....
It's a brush fire spreading, feeding as it moves
It's a disappeared glacier; it's the airborne flu
It's your disbelieving eyes logging concrete miles
It's your yawning conscience and your lawyer's smile
It's an occupied country foaming at the mouth
No smoking gun, no mushroom cloud
It's a military mother with a boy in hell
And it's a flag-draped casket down an oil well
It's an Argentine school-girl gagged and bound
It's a torture camp; it's a long way down
It's the constant bracing shock of now
And it's the whole damn world turned inside out, alright
It's a march to extinction with your god in step
It's his name in your mouth; it's his cross on your neck
It's a farm boy sprinting over desert dirt
And he's panting the 'Our Father' in staccato spurts
Now that's his automatic rifle and it tells no lies
It's his truth in your stomach, it's no alibi
But the trouble lies on the other side
With an equal truth prepping for his holy night
He sees the crescent and the star blink in the virgin sky
And hears the call of milk and honey from the afterlife
And as he eases to the checkpoint, he is calm and sure
It's collateral damage; it's the cost of war
It's another bag of bones for the Gods to sort
It's just another bag of bones for the Gods to sort

Well it's a species disappearing, all the birds fly south
In a January heatwave, in a pulsing crowd
It's an African Militia, kids with sub-machines
It's a conflict diamond on your bride-to-be
It's the dispossessed lining up at every gate
It's the facts worth facing, faced way too late
It's the mission of modernity, go get what's yours
Til there's nothing leftover to go get no more
And it's not what we're owed, but it's what we've earned
And it's closer than we realise, and it's time now to burn
And oh it's time now to burn
And oh it's time now to burn
And oh it's time now to burn, to burn

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"Another Bag of Bones" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine


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    My InterpretationSo...I feel like there are two ways to look at this. Either every one of those examples is just a big-picture look at messed-up stuff in the world, or they're all pointing to global warming.

    I know it sounds kinda hokey. But hear me out.

    First, we have the obvious ones, like a glacier disappearing and a heat wave in January.

    Then, we get into the less obvious ones, like a farmer boy sprinting over desert dirt, kids with submachines, facts worth facing faced way too late and the mission of modernity. It could all be talking about the unseen effects of global warming, like how the Darfur genocide has been linked with droughts and stuff.
    toolendusoon November 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is great, he never ceases to amaze me; the shape of the lyrics is very simple, but the impact of the words themselves is very powerful
    groundfloweron April 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentamazing.

    probably one of his strongest songs lyrically..

    i just saw him in buffalo last night and there was about 30 people there, and we all sat around him on the stage, one of the best shows i've ever been to.
    inafutureageon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the correct line is "it's the constant bracing shock of now". Think that makes a bit more sense. But the song kicks me in the teeth each time I listen. Can't wait for the 7' to drop this month.


    Plus he wears the sickest hoodie ever in the video.
    yt_13on August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentArgentina needs to be changed to Argentine.
    ryyanzissouon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, this song is amazing. I can't get enough, and I want him to release a full length soon. I'm excited to hear what Procrastinate! has in store for us.
    ryyanzissouon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"It’s a march to extinction with your god in step
    It’s his name in your mouth, it’s his cross on your neck
    It’s a farm boy sprinting over desert dirt
    And he’s panting the ‘Our Father’ in staccato spurts"

    my god.. that's incredible.
    Nice_Heartxon September 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti believe it's ... " the constant bracing shock of now."

    but yeah. best thing kevin has done in a long time.
    quite relevant.
    madmartiganon October 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's "argentine school girl". he's talking about a girl from argentina.
    like the way you're from american. you're an american person. so. yeah.

    and it is also "the constant bracing shock of now".
    babywithapipeon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGenius.

    Song is self explanatory... yet so impactful.
    I love artists who speak the truth.
    Jaci0224on May 27, 2009   Link

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