the lion isn't sacred when not sleeping near the lamb
it is evil when it eats, unless it's feeding from the damned
all the children painted diagrams of god upon their hands
hoping somewhere on this shaking earth, they could find a place to stand.

it's a tyrant to the foreigners who've never seen the land
they feel safer than a statue when they've got a spear in hand,
it is pregnant with the fury that the pain in life demands
yes it's fear--but it's a fear that understands.

and what's left is a heartbeat speaking,
"hands off your fate, child, you'll bury yourself in mistakes."
like a dream that i had of lost faith, it fades
away but still thunders onward.
every pulse was a hand with it's palm up
fed with bodies and bread soaked in blood.
someday, somewhere it'll leave but, tell me, someone, where does it go?
what tied our hands tight to the train tracks, then backed off slowly?
what does the heart say?
"see the reverse. there's an answer there."

i am the moth-drenched love of dead mules
as stable as sand in a windstorm
and i shake like a spider in the rain when you say,
"my, my, the ways i've changed since then--the ways i've changed."
and all I ever say is "i'm..."
it hits like a brick to the back of your head
like, goodbye, five times, one for each finger
and you say, "my, my, the ways i've changed since then--the ways i've changed."
and all i ever say is, "i'm tired. i'm tired."
we turned our water into whining, shouting,
"let us be like christ!"
but then the whining turned to wonder,
and the wonder turned to ice
once we were graceful steeples,
hands held upward and eyes wide in suspense
now we are tangled like intruders,
in the wires of the fence.
for a fence is built to protect what lies inside of it.

do you still feel sick? because i do.





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    General CommentI'm not an expert in religion, but I know enough that this is definitely centered on it. I'm not positive on the perspective either, but I think it is a refutation of religion. It discusses peoples attempts at understanding God as well:

    "all the children painted diagrams of god upon their hands
    hoping somewhere on this shaking earth, they could find a place to stand.",
    and "we turned our water into whining, shouting, "let us be like christ!"

    "what tied our hands tight to the train tracks" Might suggest following religion is dangerous

    etc. I hope people add to this
    kingMax01on October 23, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe beginning introduces the cruelty of this world especially with the first line. us (children) are trying to find solid ground to stand on a "shaking" world. things are not stable.

    the foreigners would be anyone to sees the human race for the first time would even understand pain && how fear would even understand pain too at first. (you know, how we not act or do act on fear to avoid pain)

    "hands off your fate, child, you'll bury yourself in mistakes." asks the question should we leave life on our will entirely? if so, that causes us pain. but how on earth do we fix this? so what to do now?

    "see the reverse; there's an answer there" means to explore yourself. this is directly tied with Socrates famous quote: "the unexamined life is not worth living." jordan says to reflect on your life.

    "my, my, the ways i've changed since then--the ways i've changed. and all I ever say is "i'm (tired)"
    jordon here obviously understands the importance of self examination; he's changed himself to better himself but now he is tired && discouraged in his spiritual growth and personal character growth.

    ahhh how poetic jordan is! "water into wining" i love that line because Christ turned water into whine but Jordan takes this and put his poetic touch to illustrate how we've forsaken Christ's blood and how we all whined because we are tired of the pain caused by this world. He just wants to be like Christ. && he says here that others do too.

    I freakin' love this song. It takes about Jordan's struggles with the personal walk with Christ. Which I love since I am on the same boat. Hope this helps!



    HARDcoreBellaon November 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSeriously one of my favorite songs by them, just sounds perfect to me and the lyrics are incredible.
    riseriseon August 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe line "Fed with bodies and bread soaked in blood" is a clear reference to Eucharist.

    This song is linked to the other one in the Untitled 7'' EP ("Only everything below"): "still thunders onward", "hand with its palm up", "hands tied to train tracks", "graceful steeples (collapsing)" are all elements which also appear on the other song.
    ale5875on April 18, 2012   Link

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