"Young Cardinals" as written by Dallas Green, George Pettit, Chris Steele, Wade Macneil and Jordan Hastings....
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Strange things happen in the nighttime hours
Yesterdayâ??s buds are tomorrowâ??s flowers
Those who speak numbers, refuse the great forgiver
And powerful men raise their hands and deliver
All the superstitions to which we all cling
While high minds in Geneva ponder e8 vs. string
The sun hides itself concealing its grin
And waits for the dawn to reveal itself again.

Oh young cardinals
Nesting in the trees
Oh hear our songs
Reign your innocence on me

One, two, three, four!

Strange things happen in the nighttime hours
White tails graze and wolves devour
Ghosts of old loves are blowing through the pines
Nicotine babies being born with no spines
The god of the sea is swinging his trident
We stoke our fires with the bones of tyrants
The sun, it retreats through the dust and the din
And waits for the dawn to reveal itself again

Oh young cardinals
Nesting in the trees
Oh hear our songs
Reign your innocence on me

Young cardinals take flight
Return to nest in the black of night
There are things you were not meant to know

Young cardinals take flight
Return to nest in the black of night
There are things you were not meant to know

Oh young cardinals
Nesting in the trees
Oh hear our songs
Reign your innocence on me

Oh young cardinals
Oh young cardinals
Oh young cardinals
Oh


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"Young Cardinals" as written by Dallas Green Chris Steele

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  • +4
    General Comment"Strange things happen in a lifetime"
    sounds like to me
    "strange things happen in the night time hours"
    cmvdeon May 26, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDiscussing meaning of the song would be nice.
    You know, seeing as how that is the purpose of this website.
    georgelanghamon September 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionStrong contender for best AOF song yet.
    I've already listened to it more times on iTunes than I have for any other song of theirs, including my personal favourites Mailbox Arson and No Transitory.
    Wambson May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaye...don't think i got this 100% correct:( greatly appreciate if anyone could help me with this. THX
    xOdad_jianxon May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is wayyy up on my list.
    ShankTheDarkon June 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStrange things happen in the nighttime hours
    Yesterday's buds are tomorrows flowers
    Those who speak numbers refuse the great forgiver
    and powerful men raise their hands and deliver
    All the superstitions to which we all cling
    While high minds in geneva ponder e8 vs string
    The sun hides itself, concealing its grin
    And waits for the dawn to reveal itself again

    Oh, young cardinals
    Nesting in the trees
    Oh, hear our songs
    And reign your innocence on me

    Strange things happen in the nighttime hpurs
    white tails graze and wolves devour
    Ghosts of old loves are blowing through the pines
    Nicotine babies being born with no spines
    The god of the sea is swinging his trident
    We stoke our fires with the bones of tryants
    The sun, it retreats through the dust and the din
    And waits for the dawn to reveal itself again

    Oh, young cardinals
    Nesting in the trees
    Oh, hear our songs
    And reign your innocence on me

    Young cardinals take flight
    return to nest in the black of night
    There are things you were not meant to know

    Oh, young cardinals
    Nesting in the trees
    Oh, hear our songs
    And reign your innocence on me

    Oh, young cardinals
    Oh, young cardinals
    Oh, young cardinals
    Oh, young cardinals
    mcnoe1on June 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsigh. alexisonfire songs have become far too structured. this reminds me of "this could be anywhere in the world", with less screaming and fancier drums. i wish they were still writing songs like polaroids of polar bears
    BurntToadon June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEasily the best album so far
    Everyone bags out bands when their sound changes a bit, but they dont want to write and no one wants to hear the same record over and over.
    parkwayyon June 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is Alexisonfire's most mature, well-written, and sincere album yet. As they so elequently put it in "Old Crows", they're not the kids they used to be, but their music is better than ever.
    BlameHoffmanon October 30, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationmcnoe1 has the correct lyrics and I have been able to piece together what i think the song means based on them

    the song is all about the loss of innocence that happens when you grow up and the longing that many people have for a simpler life. Even as they beg the young innocent cardinals (who worry about none of the tings that are mentioned in the song (ill get to that in a sec)) to show us a taste of their ignorant bliss they are also indirectly (but intentionally) explaining to everyone the beauty in the world around us and all the things our world has to offer.

    Each verse starts out with a reference to renewal and the cycle of life that drives the world as well as a reminder that there are things that most people aren't even concerned with happening all around us and then the middle is filled with the many things that we as human adults have to think and be concerned with.

    ~Strange things happening in the nighttime is not a reference to the night itself but instead a metaphor for anything that we don't normally thing about or look at.
    ~Buds turning to flowers represents the coming of age that happens to everyone and inaugurates this theme in the song
    ~science and logic minded people (those who speak numbers) refuse to acknowledge a higher power
    ~And then at the same time there are powerful people who still tremble in fear of their various gods but aren’t afraid to act like gods themselves
    ~Then there are the silly traditions and superstitions that so many people legitimately still worry about (like knocking on wood or the number 13)
    ~all the while there are scientists who are on the brink of figuring out some of the most important and fundamental discoveries in history
    ~but at the end of the day the world keeps turning and spinning around the sun turning day into night and back again

    I think you get the point but in case you need more proof: the second verse is talking about a few other various problems that happen in the world like the god of the sea part referencing global climate change and what it is doing to our oceans or the bones of tyrants stoking our fires which is talking about war.


    ~~~~~~~~~~after doing this interpretation i regained my absolute adoration for this band, they may not sound the same as they did before (which didnt bother me but i had forgotten why i loved them) but they still have the absolute best lyrics of anyone ive ever listened to!

    llamagoelzon February 09, 2010   Link

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