I got a message for the acolytes, I am your man in a bloody fight
I got a thirst for liquid gold, I'll bludgeon 'til the body's cold
The stony hiss of cockatrice has cast us into serfdom
I close my eyes and spur Imelda down the mountainside, for a liberated Spectrum!

I took No-Face by the beak, and broke his jaw, he'll never speak again
I took No-Face by the beak, and broke his jaw, he'll never speak again
My every move is guided by the bidding of the singer
The night is split by the whistle of my amber whip, and the fire from my fingers!


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Lewis Takes Action song meanings
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    Lyric CorrectionA couple of corrections from the cd booklet:

    "I am your man for a wifey fight."

    "I took No-Face by his beak"
    kmereon February 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIs "No-Face" a reference to that movie, Spirited Away? If it is...Owen Pallett just gained a million awesome points.
    Reebion February 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have really no idea what this song could mean. Can anyone explain it?
    I'd love to hear some interpretations. :)
    Amhilon February 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about standing up from suppression, even though it may not be political or anything.
    There is constant referencing to "Fight" and "bludgeon", also the word "serfdom" refers to being repressed and being in slavery.
    The cockatrice is just a symbol for some form of something bigger than the individual, that suppresses.
    Further, Imelda Marcos is known for living at the expenses of the people, and she gets shoved down the mountain side. All in the name of liberating the imprisoned.
    I think noface refers to a typical political figure, which does not show or pick a side. As in spirited away, you never really new whether noface was good or bad....
    As to who Lewis is, I do not know, but its certain that he is taking action!

    I got this song off Blalocks indie/rock playlist! It is excellent!
    phcillierson March 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLewis organizes a peasant revolt?
    yarrowton April 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentum you are all wrong!!!
    and i quote him
    "its about finding solutions through violence"
    miyuki666on April 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is from Owen Pallett's album Heartland which, through all its tracks, tells the story of Lewis, an ultra-violent farmer. In the land of Spectrum where Owen is a god-like ruler, Lewis goes on an adventure to confront and battle him.
    Lewis Takes Action is exactly that, Lewis taking action. He decides that he will be the one to take up the fight. Currently they are being harassed by the cockatrice, No-Face. A hybrid mythical creature of bird and dragon. Surely one of Owen's minions.
    He rides down mount Alpentine on his horse, Imelda to liberate Spectrum from its evil. Lewis successfully rips off No-Face's beak, never allowing it to decry its stony hiss ever again.

    The second last verse, I assume, talks about how Owen, as a god, is constantly manipulating the situations in which Lewis find himself.
    The last verse may pertain to Owen or Lewis, it's hard to tell sometimes what perspective Pallett sings from. If it is Lewis, then he's celebrating his kill with a dazzling display of amber whip and fiery fingers. If it's Owen then perhaps he decided to climax the end of the battle with a loud-cracking, dazzling display of lightning that he spawned from his fingers. (Amber whip, fire = lightning)
    burgerfmon April 16, 2010   Link

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