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When you get up
When you wake up
Put your hands up
Pick yourself up
And you pull yourself up underneath the dugout cubby enclave of the sidewalk overhang,
cement buckled upward and the rain came dripping through the crack.
We hear the voice of Italo sing of a holy fire.
When he stomped,
the dirt fell on our eyes.
Hell, he stomped.
It was a mystery to me when you crawled out from underneath the sidewalk overhang.
Cemment buckled upward and the rain cam dripping through the crack.
We heard the voice of Italo sing.
In the second zone of the city a baby born in the nightclub mold where goons dry heave the factory glue all crust-lipped and bloddy nosed.
Fire took the roof off,
hollowing the carcass
(licked it like a bone).
Sway and mone to songs of some pitchless praise,
stoned.


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    General Comment*Correction* - I believe the line goes "Hallowing the carcass" could be wrong, have to go check the insert later tonight though. And in the last line its "moan", and throughout, it's spelled "cement" not "cemment" whoever posted these just can't spell.

    On to my interpretation of it...
    I believe Italo is Italo Calvino a postmodern/magical realist/fablist/modernist writer who lived in Communism for a parts of his life, and later came to the US, and many other parts of the world. I would assume that the imagery from these lyrics is echoed in one of his stories/works. It also seems to have an element of advocation for initiative in a communist place.

    And I think the "holy fire" and "city" may be american ideals...? Don't know about that one.

    Maybe this is completely wrong, but it makes sense to me

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    VanBeliever12on January 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSecond, in one sitting I typed out all but two or three songs from the album (because a few were already posted on here) straight from the book inside the CD case. I may have made a few typos and didn't catch them. Sorry if it causes any confusion.

    And if any of you fans out there haven't seen Anathallo in concert, I highly recommend you get out there and see them! They are so talented and it's an incredible experience.
    notperfect88on January 23, 2009   Link
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    Memoryi think i remember matt saying at one of their shows that this song was written about/inspired by an experience one of them had in either guatemala or honduras with some orphans.
    whenshesmileson March 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI also remember him mentioning that this song was about an experience they had in Guatemala

    It also makes sense too. I'm Guatemalan and guatemala is divided up into zones

    "In the second zone of the city, a baby born in the nightclub mold where goons dry heave the factory glue all crust-lipped and blood nose"

    it is probably refering to the second zone in Guatemala city which i think is a pretty bad part of town.

    it also just reminds me of factories and industry like in chicago and factories. i live in chicago so maybe thats why
    avillatoon November 12, 2009   Link

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