"The Viking" as written by and Ronan Hardiman....
Mount your plans onto a bow
Pull back your arm, release and throw.
Your ducks are lined up in a row.
But your aim is off, you shoot too low.

But if you're smart enough to know where this is going.
Please don't tell me, I'd rather have you just lie.
Come to terms, fix the consequence of your actions.
Get it together, just try.

Lock down your lungs,
Steel trap your tongues.
Words are getting carried away.
Twisted and bent, contorted to fit,
All the things you would never say.
They can and will be used against you
Pressed until you're spread out thin.
Slipping through cracks, still turning your back,
Even though you could get stuck again.

But if you're smart enough to know where this is going.
Please don't tell me, I'd rather have you just lie.
Come to terms, fix the consequence of your actions.
Get it together, just try.

But if you're smart enough to know where this is going.
Please don't tell me, I'd rather have you just lie.
Come to terms with the consequence of that action.
Get it together, just try.


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    General Commentmount your plans onto a bow
    pull back your arm, release and throw
    your attempts are lined in a row
    but your aim is off, you shoot too low

    if you're smart enough to know where this is going
    please don't tell me - i'd rather have you just lie
    come to terms, face the consequence of your actions
    get it together, just try

    lock down your lungs
    steel trap your tongues
    words are getting carried away
    twisted in (bed?)
    contorted to fit
    all the things that you would never say
    they can and will be used against you
    pressed until you're spread out thin
    slipping through cracks
    still turning your back
    even though you could get stuck again

    but if you're smart enough to know where this is going
    please don't tell me - i'd rather have you just lie
    come to terms, face the consequence of your actions
    get it together, just try

    if you're smart enough to know where this is going
    please don't tell me - i'd rather have you just lie
    come to terms, with the consequence of the action
    get it together, just try
    get it together, just try
    oceanbreathesaltyon May 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIts "Twisted and bit"
    jeremy6990on September 19, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI know next to nothing about this band, but felt compelled to send an interpretation of the meaning. I'm going to guess I'm wrong but I couldn't find anything regarding the artists' take on their song. We'll dissect it by stanza, with the exception of the chorus:

    "Mount your plans onto a bow
    Pull back your arm, release and throw.
    Your ducks are lined up in a row.
    But your aim is off, you shoot too low."

    The person has ambition - and a lot of it. They've got everything organized to get where they want to be, and they're going to get there, even if they have to make some sacrifices along the way. However strong their desire, their execution pales in comparison. They keep trying, but they can't seem to find the success they want.

    "But if you're smart enough to know where this is going.
    Please don't tell me, I'd rather have you just lie."

    It is not often that someone who throws themselves completely into a single passion will stay intact along the way. To gain something, you must lose something else in the process - in this scenario, parts of their personality, or if we're looking at it with an extremely grim point of view, their humanity. At some point, they reach an epiphany and know that they have to step up their efforts. The speaker, perhaps a close friend (or the speaker could also be the main character and talking to themselves), has the cold spiraling feeling that this will not end well. In their heart, they know how this will end, and they are pleading with the main character to be blissfully ignorant and in denial with them. They don't want to see this fall from grace - it's so much easier to pretend to look the other way, be convinced that the paranoia is just that. It would kill them inside to know that the main character, despite their certainty of a tragic ending, would continue to go through with what they're doing.

    "Lock down your lungs,
    Steel trap your tongues.
    Words are getting carried away.
    Twisted and bent, contorted to fit,
    All the things you would never say.
    They can and will be used against you
    Pressed until you're spread out thin.
    Slipping through cracks, still turning your back,
    Even though you could get stuck again."

    This is describing the main character's fall. Maybe they are actually in denial and protesting every accusation the speaker or others are throwing at them. Because they are so dead set on what they're after, they become insensitive, snapping at anyone they perceive to be not on their side. The speaker knows this isn't the true self of the main character, but maybe no one else does. If the actions of their fall were a misunderstanding, this stanza could be speaking of the rumors and how the problem they caused continues to grow and there is nothing they seem to be able to do to control or suppress it. The stress of this causes the main character to further sink into denial and turn away from everyone, invoking imagery of "you'll see, they'll ALL see!" But this behavior is just making things worse, and they're going to get screwed up further if they don't do something.

    "Come to terms, fix the consequence of your actions.
    Get it together, just try."

    Even with their determination to avoid the truth, it was inevitable. They swallow hard and move forward with the acceptance of it; the speaker urging the main character to fix what they have ruined. The speaker could be referring to the main character's loss of self, or the action that caused their downfall. Maybe they tried to get what they wanted 'the easy way out', and it backfired into a huge misunderstanding, resulting in all those who supported the main character to abandon them. Or maybe they did a legitimately horrible thing, but are remorseful of their actions. Either way, they screwed up, they've fallen to the bottom, and the speaker is encouraging the main character to the move on and try again, as they always have. They just really want them to TRY. Not taking any shortcuts, not going in with an all or nothing mindset, just... try. Their passion is their strength, but they need to temper it and utilize it efficiently.

    I'm not sure how the title relates to the song. Vikings were warriors, and the battle with oneself is a war just as any other. I had a politician in mind when I wrote this, but this could be just about anyone, really. A classic story of 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions'.
    invisiblemageon October 11, 2014   Link

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