New York is dangerous, littered with thieves
We've no morals here, we just do as we please....
But I don't wanna go home where they all stare at me
cause I'm tattoed, and fired up, and drunk, and obscene...

You wear your religion like a War Sweater.
You ask for the truth, but you know you could do so much better,
and you sat on your fences, you've screamed no retreat...
So now what will your legacy be?
(We...)

Battle lines drawn if you wonder which side speaks the truth
then look closely to which speaks from pride
I love you. I swear it. I would never lie...
But I fear for our lives and I fear your closed eyes...

You wear your religion like a War Sweater.
You ask for the truth, but you know you could do so much better,
and you sat on your fences, you've screamed no retreat...
So now what will your legacy be?
So what will your legacy be?
So what will your legacy be?
(We...)

I'm in the mood where I come all untied,
I'm in the mood to say things that'll change people's minds...
I love you. I swear it. I would never lie...
But I fear for our lives and I fear your closed eyes...

You wear your religion like a War Sweater.
You ask for the truth, but you know you could do so much better,
and you sat on your fences, you've screamed no retreat...
So now what will your legacy be?
So what will your legacy be?
So what will your legacy be?
(We...)


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War Sweater song meanings
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    General CommentI'd like to add to sharondoyle37's armor interpretation:

    I agree, but I see it even more specifically to mean a shirt of mail armor (good defense against slashes, but often pierced by a strong enough blow). Religion may also stand for morality in this case, which would make sense with the two put together; little things here and there may not affect one's integrity much, but a single harsh blow easily challenges it.
    dearwallfloweron July 25, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI love this song so much. The way it sends chills down your spine but in a beautiful, eerie way. Its addicting and meaningful, and I thank One Tree Hill for using it. :)
    purpleandblack10on March 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti heard it on season finale 6 of one tree hill and had to find out who it was by. i love this song!
    stabbyripstabstabon May 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe same thing happened to me and i looked everywhere cause i had to have it, its a great song =D
    Tefaon May 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwell.. looks like one tree hill made it a world famous song :)
    i love almost all the music of the show
    and this one wasn't the exception.. it's so dramatic and freak
    love it.
    suchon May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think that war sweater means armour. it makes sense then @You wear your religion like armour" In war you wear armour. just my take on the song.
    sharondoyle37on July 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAm i the only one who feels that when he sings 'you wear your relgion like a war sweater' that it has a negative ring to it?
    burn_outon August 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think dearwallflower already said everything...
    Not too sure about the "But I fear for our lives and I fear your closed eyes" part, tho.

    I LOVE this song! The lyrics and the melody and the instrumental line are unbelievably beautiful.
    bybymcon August 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI heard this on season 6 oth and i fell in love with it also its so true and its talking about religion adn it just makes sense.
    onetreehillon September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs of all time.

    I can't imagine this NOT being about President Bush.
    He cited religion for all the atrocities he committed, namely the war. (wearing his religion like a war sweater)
    Tying into the war, he sat on his fences, meaning he tried to straddle the line between conservatives & liberals to get everyone to go along with him, & he "screamed no retreat" by not withdrawing our troops.

    So this song is pretty much saying, how will he be remembered? (what will his legacy be?) since he was so concerned about a legacy.

    This was my immediate interpretation, & everything seems to line up so well... of course, it can also apply to all radical christians, but I think it was aimed at Bush with the specifics...
    starcrossdlovexon February 07, 2010   Link

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