the killing fields are striped with red
white lies in between
while on a placid blue they float
like islands safe from all they sowed beneath

high above that poor man's toil
they lay in sacred isolation
safely placed in rows they are
stars of self-preservation

and on good friday,
(and all that glory,)
and on good friday,
(and all that glory,)

and on good friday...

in that corner sea serene
fifty stars line up against you
flying high but they will sink
with the weight of a heavy millstone

no man is an island
no one can run from all they've done
in that deep blue they'll sink
fifty stars never to see the sun

and on good friday
those red stripes are carved into your back
and on good friday
those stars spangled your body blue and black
and on good friday

the stars and stripes were torn in two
and all that glory, all that ol glory
belongs alone
to You


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    General CommentThe meaning seems pretty obvious, but i'll comment anyways. I think that it is very poetic the way that the songwriters juxtapose the American flag with the crucifixion of Christ. I remember reading that the Psalters do not believe in patrtiotsm, only in Christ. It is an interesting concept.
    The song also seems to decry all of the harmful things America has done to the rest of the world over the years, talking about how we float on the stars in the blue on the flag in a daze of self-preservation. I may not agree with everything in this song, but it is really well-done and quite creative. Praise God for this good music He has blessed us with!
    easiersungthansaidon July 17, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation"fifty stars line up against you...
    and on good friday
    those red stripes are carved into your back
    and on good friday
    those stars spangled your body blue and black"

    Here I believe they are implying the same elites who persecuted Jesus (on "good friday" and with "blue & black" beatings) are the same ones pushing the rapid "ol' glory" American nationalism we see today. The US empire, with its 200 military bases around the world and constant war machine, are the Romans of today. This is a common theme in other songs by the Psalters as well as the writings of their friend Shane Claiborne. "Jesus for President" talks about this in depth.
    reflexivon September 30, 2009   Link

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