"Vipers, Snakes, and Actors" as written by and Cory Brandan Putman....
[Repeat: x2]
Carry your flags,
March into that fictional cause and show off that medal,
Just don't reach for that gun.
Carry that banner.
Build that heart out of stone.
Just don't reach for that gun.
You scaled the high horse and I felt the change.
I know the difference between you and me.

You cleaned the outside of your chalice but it's filled with robbery and self indulgence,
Just like the rest of us.

[Repeats: x2]
You wear that cross like a crown.
You wear that cross like a dagger.

Come down from that tower.
Nothing will be the outcome.
Nothing is the outcome.

Build that heart out of stone.
Just don't reach for that gun.
You scaled the high horse and I felt the change.
I know the difference between you and me.


Come down from that tower. [Repeat: x3]
Nothing will be the outcome. [Repeat: x5]
Nothing is the outcome. [Repeat: x3]


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"Vipers, Snakes, and Actors" as written by Cory Brandan Putman

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    General Commentmissing line from the lyrics
    "Oh my god, take this sword from my mouth"
    Vartan_Malakianon August 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about religion vs. spirituality. A body of laws and causes with little to no reason vs. a spiritual approach.
    I personally relate to this song really well.
    CovinSon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@CovinS
    I like your idea, but I highly doubt Norma Jean is referring to religion as a body of laws and causes with little or no reason.

    "Carry your flags, march into that fictional cause and show off that medal.
    Just don't reach for that gun.
    Carry that banner. Build that heart out of stone.
    Just don't reach for that gun."

    -People are standing up for all the wrong things these days. Promoting all the wrong things. One example would be politicians preaching the wrong things. They don't specifically reference politicians, but that's one area where this is done repeatedly. The line "build that heart out of stone" means that they truly believe it and it's corrupting themselves. the line "just don't reach for your gun" means if they go any further, it will only cause much more damage and destruction.

    "You cleaned the outside of your chalice but it's filled with robbery and self indulgence... just like the rest of us."

    -I love this line. Easy line to interpret as well. Basically we are all after what is best for ourselves. Not really going after the greater good, but what fits ourselves best, and believe it is the best for everyone.

    "Come down from that tower. Nothing will be the outcome.
    Nothing is the outcome."

    NJ is asking for this person to stop thinking they are so great. Come back down to reality. Then they go on singing about what this person is fighting for, won't change or help a thing.
    Stevo937on August 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthere are a couple of really good interviews in the latest issues of revolver and alt. press and cory talks about the lyrics in this song specifically:
    "Carry your flags, march into that fictional cause and show off that medal.
    Just don't reach for that gun.
    Carry that banner. Build that heart out of stone.
    Just don't reach for that gun."

    he is talking about how Christians so readily prosecute one another for not having the true faith or whatever, when Christians should love everyone equally. i love the fact that Norma Jean is a Christian band and they will tackle hard subjects like this one...its what makes them one of, if not the, premeire heavy band out there, Christian or not.
    NJsoldieron August 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its awesome that theyve started using more christian based lyrics agins. the last two albums werent very focussed on that and thats why their drummer left. i think that was a wake up to them. this song, to me at least, is talking about being proud of your cross, using it to make yourself look better than anyone else. unfortunately God doesnt respond to self-centredness. nothing will be the outcome. pretty sweet lyrics
    joshmarson August 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its awesome that theyve started using more christian based lyrics agins. the last two albums werent very focussed on that and thats why their drummer left. i think that was a wake up to them. this song, to me at least, is talking about being proud of your cross, using it to make yourself look better than anyone else. unfortunately God doesnt respond to self-centredness. nothing will be the outcome. pretty sweet lyrics
    joshmarson August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRedeemer and Oh God the Aftermath was full of Christian lyrics, you sure that's why he left?
    Stevo937on August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRedeemer and Oh God the Aftermath was full of Christian lyrics, you sure that's why he left?
    Stevo937on August 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentand NJSoldier, thanks for your input. I couldn't figure out what cause they would be singing about. Another powerful song by them.

    I absolutely love the line
    "You wear that cross like a crown, you wear that cross like a dagger."

    So true to today's society.
    Stevo937on August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentStevo937, could you please explain what this line means for me?

    "You wear that cross like a crown, you wear that cross like a dagger."
    sointoyou.on August 16, 2008   Link

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