Paper crane in a dirty train
Trying to dry her wings
The atom split between her lips
In the final stage
Chemicals dissolve and the family disappears
She sees her life slip between the cracks in the atomic age
Like a shot in the vein
Like a shot in the vein

Can a pilot see the distant arc of history
A thousand suns all burst at once in a blinding rage
We need a drug
We need something to take the dreams away
The dream of peace has gone to sleep sleep
In the passing lane
Like a shot in the vein
Like s shot in the vein

There's a black dog hanging by a string
In the flutter of a thousand paper wings
You put your faith in the chemicals
But you fear the crash and you overreact
And you hear the bomb going off
Then you see the flash, it's out of sync
When you take bitter pills
No sugarcoat can mask the taste
A thousand paper cranes
Left out in the rain
A thousand paper cranes


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Unintended Long Term Effects song meanings
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    General CommentJust a little bit here to me it sounds a tad different


    When you hear the bomb going off
    And you SEE the flash, it's out of sync
    When you take bitter pills
    No SUGARCOAT can match the taste


    its amazing either way
    Jimofbudapeston January 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe original title was "the unintended long-term effects of advanced nuclear waste," but geoff decided it was too long. geoff says in an article in AP about how he met a young woman in his depression support group whose family moved to america when she was just a girl. they were originally from hiroshima and they all ended up dying of radiation sickness and cancer and geoff can't help but think that because of america's actions, "there was a cloud that had drifted over America's sense of morality and self, after unleashing that kind of devastation on another people. This song is about living under that cloud."
    a scar in the skyon February 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah, one Japanese custom is to hang a thousand paper cranes as a symbol of world peace. So this song's is pretty basic. Not sure about the whole "there's a laptop hanging by a string" line though?
    slazenger14on February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know how to correct the lyrics, but these are word-for-word from the booklet. Can someone correct them or tell me how?

    A paper crane, in a dirty rain, trying to
    dry her wings.
    The atom split between her lips in the final stage.
    The chemicals dissolve and the family disappears.
    She sees her life slip between the cracks in the
    atomic age
    Like a shot in the vein.

    Can a pilot see the distant arc of history?
    A thousand suns all burst at once in a blinding rage.
    We need a drug, we need something to take the
    dreams away
    Because the dream of peace has gone to sleep in the
    passing lane
    Like a shot in the vein.

    There's a black dog hanging by a string
    In the flutter of a thousand paper wings.
    You put your faith in the chemicals
    But you fear the crash and you over react
    And you hear the bomb going off
    Then you see the flash and it's all out of synch.
    When you take bitter pills
    No sugar coat can mask the taste.

    A thousand paper cranes
    Left out in the rain.
    ACAon March 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is absolutely about the effects of our first field usage of the nuke, and the effects its had since.
    Paper crane in a dirty train
    Trying to dry her wings
    The atom split between her lips
    In the final stage
    Chemicals dissolve and the family disappears
    She sees her life slip between the cracks in the atomic age
    Like a shot in the vein
    -about the actuall bombing, how in just a few seconds entire families were just erased from the planet.
    Can a pilot see the distant arc of history
    A thousand suns all burst at once in a blinding rage
    We need a drug
    We need something to take the dreams away
    The dream of peace has gone to sleep sleep
    In the passing lane
    -talking about the regret our nation first felt. But then, of course we just forgot about it. we just hid our guilt and chased the "dreams" away.
    There's a black dog hanging by a string
    In the flutter of a thousand paper wings
    You put your faith in the chemicals
    But you fear the crash and you overreact
    And you hear the bomb going off
    Then you see the flash, it's out of sync
    -to be honest im not totally sure on this one. im seeing it as us as a nation feeling so safe and secure, believing nobody would dare to mess with us. but all along we are in constant fear something will. and as such we lash out in an attempt to scare off any who would think of trying anything.
    When you take bitter pills
    No sugarcoat can mask the taste
    A thousand paper cranes
    Left out in the rain
    -simply stating that all the problems we have, are because we caused them ourselves. we have felt all too powerfull for too long, and by exercising that power have dug ourselves a hole(cough the middle east, cough) and no matter how hard the higher ups try to "sugarcoat" the situation, nothing can hide the truth.

    thats just my take on it..
    mechatanneron July 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentShot in the vein.

    Sounds like drugs. Geoff references needles and various drugs if you pay attention. I wonder if him or some loved one is on the 'ron?
    Berflackon November 04, 2012   Link
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    General Comment*if you pay attention in other songs too, is what i meant
    Berflackon November 04, 2012   Link

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