"Crying" as written by Richard Allen Smith and Daniel Troha....
Laugh in the face of death under masthead
Hold your breath through late breaking disasters
Next to news of the trite
And the codes
And the feelings that meant to be noble
Like coke in the nose of the nobles
Keeps it alight

And the wrath
And the riots
And the races on fire
And the music for tanks with no red lights in sight

Got you

Cryin'
Cryin'
Oh whyin'
Oh my my my

Gold is another word for culture
Leads to fattening
Of the vultures
Till this bird can barely fly

And Mary and David smoke dung in the trenches
While Zion's behavior never gets mentioned
The writings
On your wall

And the blood on the cradle
And the ashes you wade through
Got you callin' God's name in vain
Leaved the damned to damn it all!

's got you

Cryin'
Cryin'
Oh whyin'
Oh my my my

Broken rose, colored glasses
Can't see for the thorns
And you just can't stand no more!
What a clumsy kind of low
Time to take the wheel and the road
From the masters
Take this car, drive it straight into the wall
Build it back up from the floor

And stop our

Cryin'
Cryin'
Oh whyin'
Oh my my my

Our cryin'
Our cryin'
Our cryin'

Still you try, try, try


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"Crying" as written by Yasmina Hunzinger Mark Anthony Robert Smith

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    General Comment“And Mary and David smoke dung in the trenches”

    Then “while Zion’s behavior never gets mentioned, the writings on your wall”

    I understand the second part. He obviously disagrees with Israel’s policy towards its neighboring countries and the way it is depicted by the media. I also get the allegorical significance of “writing on the wall” which comes from the story in the Bible about Daniel who reads the handwriting on the wall predicting the end of the kingdom of Babylon. Then the “blood on the cradle and the ashes that they wade through” is a reference to the war and destruction in Iraq which is sometimes referred to as the “cradle of civilization”. But what about the first part? What do Mary and David have to do with smoking dung in the trenches?
    mjship11on October 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with what most of you guys are saying about the songs meaning, our society is busted.

    I think the lyric in the 3rd verse is "Broken rose colored glasses". Its an idiom that means you see things as better than they really are. Makes sense, no?
    Dragasuson February 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProbably the funkiest call for a revolution ever.
    BennyDon October 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcouldn't sound any more like prince if they tried. not that that's a bad thing. great song from a great band off a fucking fantastic album.
    dhobdenon September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpure fun and excitement about life's allegedly simplicity. great
    shiri296on September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely incredible song!
    cmj_abon October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds just like basia! what a great song and a great album
    lillulu5522on October 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn good work mjshop11 i would've never thought of that stuff. As far as what i did figure out...

    "Time to take the wheel and the road
    From the masters
    Take this car, drive it straight into the wall
    Build it back up from the floor."

    Basically saying we not only need to take the power from those in charge but also take all of civilization as we know it, and let this destructive civilization crash as it is bound to do, and then build everything back up and start anew with a different way of living. They seem to be really intrigued by the possibility of the end of civilization as we know- that's pretty much all they talked about in an interview with them I read.
    hanlon108on November 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hear
    "land, in the face of death under masthead".
    this makes more sense to me and becomes a a line about salvation, utter relief, a beacon of life and a ray of hope, when all hope was lost.
    summershowon January 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think it is a running theme of the entire album. idk i've been reading this book about the theories concerning 1012. it seems like this song goes out to all those who are watching this world go to shit and feel like they can't do a thing about it so they cry. TOTR is saying that the current system is fattend with gold
    Gold is another word for culture.
    Leads to fattening
    Of the vultures
    Till this bird can barely fly.

    they are saying that our way of life is bankrupt and we must destroy it and start over new.
    echerrron January 23, 2009   Link

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