"Fanfare For The Conscious Man" as written by Roughton Reynolds, Chris Batten, Liam Rory Clewlow and Robert Rolfe....
Each nation used to provide its country with security
with factories providing arms for their country
Now multinational companies compete in the arms trade
to serve any customer, maximizing the money to be made

So just as farms compete to provide fruit for other countries
so people can live to enjoy the taste of nature
National warehouses compete to provide arms around the world
to aid death
and all hell unfolds.

Our gracious queen
should grasp her crown
and take a good fucking swing at Blair and Brown
for leading her countries to illegal warfare
and trying to pass it off that we're doing 'cause we care.

Now prudence of wars are a redemptive cause
I've never heard such nonsense under international laws
We think we have the right to enforce democracy
when we're weakening ours everyday
What hypocrisy.

We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this
We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this

Fuck man
I just woke up to a land where killing is part of every day
and every mind in this intelligent species
is then blinded into the battlefield
like it's natural for us to break instead of build

Unities intrinsic the only cause worth fighting for,
all religions, colours and creeds

Now we are the world and we are the people
We are the world and we are the people
and we will be heard.

We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this
We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this

We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this
We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this

We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this
We'll be together against this
We'll be forever against this


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"Fanfare for the Conscious Man" as written by Liam Rory Clewlow Chris Batten

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    General Comment"Now prudence of wars are a redemptive cause"
    Should be
    "Now pre-emptive wars are a redemptive cause"
    sev1746on June 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCouple of corrections:

    "Each nation used to proveid its country with security"

    "Our gracious queen,
    should grasp her crown"
    Astonishedon May 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing ending for an amazing album.
    (Vince)on June 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentcant stop listening to this song :D

    meaning? i saw a track by track video of this album and i think rou said something along the lines of that its one last cry of frustration against politics after a hard year
    acbjwon June 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is going to be monumental live. I can't wait for Reading to hear some of the new stuff
    SamuelHWon June 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    stop trying to figure it out
    jdaddioon August 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentreal lyrics:

    entershikari.com/…
    jdaddioon August 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentobviously this song is about the guys of enter shikari being very unhappy with the english government and also the international political situation
    a lot of people might absolutely agree with what enter shikari tell in that song
    i think this song is a call to their fans and the people all over the world to unite and to give their opinion the the situation because then they'll be able to change something
    gj39on August 02, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Each nation used to provide its country with security
    with factories providing arms for their country
    Now multinational companies compete in the arms trade
    to serve any customer, maximising the money to be made"

    ES lamenting the course of development each nation has taken, namely that nations used to make enough arms to provide its citizens with security and defense, but now with the corporatisation of arms production, capitalism has drastically shifted the nature of the world, with the richest now able to buy great power...

    "National warehouses compete to provide arms around the world
    to aid death
    and all hell unfolds."

    ...and when the powerful aquire the means to become more powerful, it doesn't take long for the world to be ravaged by war.

    "Our gracious queen
    should grasp her crown
    and take a good fucking swing at Blair and Brown
    for leading her countries to illegal warfare
    and trying to pass it off that we're doing 'cause we care.

    Now pre-emptive of wars are a redemptive cause
    I've never heard such nonsense under international laws
    We think we have the right to enforce democracy
    when we're weakening ours everyday
    What hypocrisy."

    Obviously criticising British Foreign Policy, namely the invasion and occupation of foreign nations under the guise of "stabilisation" or "democracy", the Iraq war being the most recent of a long list of examples.
    Also criticises Domestic policy where democracy has become a sick joke in the U.K, the U.S.A and Australia, and how our own governments have been slowly stripping their citizens of their rights while actively ignoring popular demand and passing unpopular legislation without any consent from the people. The Patriot Act, the U.S.A's treatment of Julian Assange and the recent T.S.A airport security policy that involves Full Body Scans and enhanced patdowns (hand can actually go inside the underpants) are all good examples of this.

    I can't take photos around certain areas of my home city anymore without being asked to delete the photos and move on. This is all under the guise of "National Security" that the 9/11 attacks made the perfect vehicle for the systematic removal of our rights.

    "Fuck man
    I just woke up to a land where killing is part of every day
    and every mind in this intelligent species
    is then blinded into the battlefield"

    Taking about how he "woke up" (an expression used to describe the moment when awareness of world events and particularly, the problems and flaws within our Government and society) and realised all of the injustice that's happening and has been happening around the world. Particularly the fact that the incredible potential of the human mind and its intelligence is being deliberately misled by Government propaganda and tricked into going into the battlefield to fight an injust war, by persuading the brave and valiant men and women of our Nations that such a war is a good thing and that they have moral justification for invading another country and killing hundreds of thousands of civilians to establish a "democracy" (meanwhile foreign military occupation continues while corporations are allowed to buy the natural resources of the country and anybody who tries to combat the invasion of their country is labelled a "terrorist"). The whole WMD excuse for the invasion of Iraq is the perfect example of this.

    "like it's natural for us to break instead of build"

    This line really expresses the pain felt at seeing the human race use its incredible potential and gift of intelligence to kill each other rather than build a better world.

    "Unity's(correction made)intrinsic the only cause worth fighting for,
    all religions, colours and creeds"

    Describes how it is in our nature to unify and exist peacefully with one another, and that the establishment and preservation of this peaceful unity across the world is the only thing that justifies war.

    The rest of the song is a protest cry/chant.
    Incredible end to a fucking incredible album.


    NathanielEveriston January 09, 2011   Link

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