"Of Monsters And Heroes And Men" as written by and Tim Booth Lawrence Gott....
Stray cats with fish heads, feeding their litters
Feral kids fight over rats, tailed from gutters
Bookie mouth brokers, rotten fruit sellers
Pickpockets, ghost through the crowd

He climbs onto boxes by market stall traders
Toothless and gray haired, thousand yard stare
He had a vision which broke the receiver
Receiving transmission, surface to air

Either way, I'm in awe of you
Either way, we'll survive

Conjuring devils, angels and demons
Only the children see shape to his tone
Laughing and crying, his song fell upon us
We buried his treasure along with his bones

Arms held aloft, away to the sky
Innocent witness, he testified
Drained of his purpose, he falls off the quayside
Absorbed by the ocean, rolled by the tide

Either way, I'm in awe of you
Either way, we'll survive
Either way, I'm in awe of you
Either way, we'll survive, we'll survive

Under the power lines which crackle and sparkle
Under the freeway, now, mostly rubble
The hungry still gather to fill up with stories
Of monsters and heroes and men

Under the stars, which prick us and call us
Connect us to hope that perfection's within
Is here on the ground, we're reckless and hopeless
Damned by the slip of a pen

Rambling poets, manic with vision
We are the drivers, yet we feel driven
Moths in the moonlight, fooled by a flashlight
Caught in a jam jar, gasping for air

Rambling poets, manic with vision
We are the drivers, yet we feel driven
Moths in the moonlight, fooled by a flashlight
Caught in a jam jar, gasping for air

Rambling poets, manic with vision
We are the drivers, yet we feel driven
Moths in the moonlight, fooled by a flashlight
Caught in a jam jar, gasping for air

Rambling poets, manic with vision
We are the drivers, yet we feel driven
Moths in the moonlight, fooled by a flashlight
Caught in a jam jar, gasping for air

Either way, I'm in awe of you
Either way, we'll survive, we'll survive


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"Of Monsters And Heroes And Men" as written by James Patrick Glennie James Lawrence Gott

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    General CommentGreat song showing what the reunited James are capable of. Booth's lyrics are...simply brilliant. To me this is a celebration of the human spirit, set in a post-apocalyptic future. The old man is somebody who remembers what the world was like before the collapse and is regaling his audience with tales of how it was before; only those with a child's imagination can see vividly what he's describing.

    As fitting the theme of the album the message is anti-war and is imploring the mass of humanity to wake up and break the cycle of the few leading the many.
    JohnnieAon October 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe highlight of a brilliant album.
    As usual Tim Booth has managed to paint the perfect picture with words. This time of utter desolation.

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT
    mozrozon July 31, 2008   Link

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