"Young Lions" as written by Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White and Rupert Jarvis....
Roses in the car
Roses in the car
Bony saddle, bony street
Corrugated iron sheet
This bed is not concrete
This bed in which you sleep
Flesh is flesh til blood runs cold
And blood is blood, so I am told

Your carbon makes a star
Your carbon makes a star
And after all, that's all we are
After all, that's all we are
That’s all we are
That’s all we are
That’s all we are

All these young men, these young lions
All these young men, these young lions

You don't know if it’s true
Or if to believe in you
There are tunnels through the stone
Where weaker hearts have made a home

Their roses in a car
Their roses in a car
And after all that's all we are
After all that's all we are
And isn't it bizarre
The adults that we are
Still playing
Follow the leader

Body don't break
Body don't break
Body don't break
Til broken
Body gonna make
Body gonna make
Body gonna make
Another body
Don't want to be the last to leave


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    General CommentPersonally I think this is about young soilders going to war.

    'All these young men, these young lions '
    It shows how they're brave and courageous, much like lions.

    'Their roses in a car'
    Are the roses ontop of the coffin in the back of a hurse, so these young soilders have died in battle.

    'Your carbon makes a star'
    Is a version of reincarnation.


    That's what I think anyway!
    It's a great song!
    x
    FauxRomanticon September 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat an amazing song! I love the line...
    'Flesh is flesh til blood runs cold
    And blood is blood, so I am told'
    lemons84on May 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the line 'Your carbon makes a star, and after all, that's all we are.' It is a scientific version of reincarnation.
    franciscodanconiaon May 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsome references to the armed forces and funeral services?

    I think this song has alot to do with making the most of your time on this earth.
    angina_callson June 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell if the "armed forces" idea is correct, then perhaps some inspiration from the Brando movie?
    boyfromthecityon August 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfavourite from new album :)
    bechnoon August 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMy belief is this is a song reference to the horrors and decimation First World War.

    "Lions lead by donkeys" is a well used quote. Therefore 'Young Lions' is an extension of this. Plus "All these young men, these young lions" is a definite military reference.

    It's not totally apparent but some pointers lead me in this belief...

    "Bony saddle, bony street"... horses not vehicles were the main mode of transport.
    "Corrugated iron sheet"... used to reinforce the walls of the trenches
    "This bed is not concrete, This bed in which you sleep"... see above.

    "Your carbon makes a star"... reference to the missing dead in unmarked graves. Family and friends never had the bodies repatriated so look to the heavens for their loved ones.

    "There are tunnels through the stone"... tunnelling was rife to undermine the opposing trenches.
    "The adults that we are, Still playing, Follow the leader"... reference to the thousands killed whilst walking in line to the trenches.

    I seriously do hope it's about the First World War, as (for a relatively young band) it shows a depth of understanding of both world events and of the human condition beyond their years. Respect due.

    hitonoon March 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationAgree with the other comments about war- thought I'd add my thoughts about some of the other lines.
    "Flesh is flesh til blood runs cold"- perhaps referring to how war changes our views on the sacredness of human life? i.e. "human flesh is sacred, until there is hostility"- think of 'killing in cold blood'. On another level, it's got an air of the same wonderment that's in the rest of the song at how death is so intangible, we can't quite describe how it changes things so dramatically- a person suddenly changes to a corpse.
    "Body gonna make another body"- again, human life becoming cheap, more people can be made to replace them on the conveyor belt.

    Such a beautiful song!
    klipson November 12, 2012   Link

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