"The Tank" as written by and Casey Blue Crescenzo....
Eight wheels lusting for the lives of infantry
(His bearings shift)
His turrets turning from accountability
(He takes his aim)
"We sing our final song and soon this verse is over."
He makes advances till his wheels cease to roll.
His God is smiling on his cold mechanic soul.
"His plot is perfect if it sees no contradiction."

There is no sign that he shows a sign of slowing.

You've stained your skin and I won't stick around
long enough to count the hearts that hit the ground.
So long ago...was I one of them?

Your urgency hastened by his ingenuity
It's just a matter of moments til your body is debris
"So say a prayer"
"His plot is perfect if it sees no contradiction."

You've stained your skin and I won't stick around
long enough to count the hearts that hit the ground.
So long ago...was I one of them?

And still he moves on
arm and iron conquer heart and soul.

and what of those in silent disconnect
sundry souls akin in consequence
begging for bliss beyond the pain
Relief is just a turret's fire away


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"The Tank" as written by Casey Blue Crescenzo

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  • +4
    General CommentHe's become a war machine. He just plows through his enemies (he's very good at what he does)."You've stained your skin and I won't stick around" is him talking to a fallen soldier that he's not going to sit and watch die. "Was I one of them" suggests that he feels dead inside. "Arm and iron conquer heart and soul" along with "His plot is perfect if it sees no contradiction" supports this. As long as he disconnects himself for the "disconnect[ing] souls" who "beg for bliss", he can stay alive.
    mIKAIKAgon February 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs I see it this song is referring to the Priest/Pimp. It can also be interpreted more literally as a tank in the war the Dear Hunter is apparently fighting in, but the many references to God/church make it pretty obvious.

    In addition, the chorus refers to how The Dear Hunter was drawn to The Dime like all the other men.

    You've stained your skin and I won't stick around
    long enough to count the hearts that hit the ground.
    So long ago...was I one of them?
    SMUSER17330388on June 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he starts to see a parallel between the two mindless jobs of himself now, the of killing men, and what Ms. Leading was doing. Both make hearts hit the floor, and steer away from accountability. And God, whether it is her God or His goes along with whatever is being done. I think showing how people rely on their prayers and just accept the answer they themselves have put into their head as a sign from God saying what they are doing is ok. Also thus steering away from accountability. I have heard the Tank symbolizes someone he has met??
    Et3rnalon August 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe band has said before that the entirety of their albums are about a fictional character aptly named "the boy" and this song is no exception. In the first album he is born, the second he grows up, and the third he goes off to war and in this case this song is a literal reference to a tank. I think that in the song the boy himself is driving the tank and the first verse is essentially him talking to himself about the "accountability" he has for the men's lives he is ending.
    thewrongreasons487on July 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"relief is just a turret's turn away"
    tonofclayon July 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd what of those in silent disconnect
    Sundry souls akin in consequence
    Begging for bliss beyond the pain
    Relief is just a turret's turn away
    JankyHooptyon September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim thinking him and his batalion are being attacked by a tank and as he is so close to death his thoughts stray to his past life and his love with miss leading, and he begins to make a parallel between the tank and either p+p or miss leadings life as a prozie.

    "So long ago...was I one of them?"
    this line showing how long ago his heart break with miss leading was and it aswell as his old life seem so distant and uncertain in the face of the imediate threat but they are still there in the back of his mind.
    jpainsworthon October 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe band says that Act III tells of "the boy" going to war to forget about his history...but he meets a previously unknown half-brother (from his military father's wartime fling). His brother is killed in battle and the boy is enraged that his father shows no remorse for his bastard son's death.

    In that context, I think he is comparing his father to the tank that killed his brother. A mechanical war machine, all about precision and dealing destruction around him, uncaring of lives lost as long as he continues his objectives.
    PTDeanon March 15, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Commenteight wheels Lusting*
    KChaChaKon June 23, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think the ending goes like this

    begging for Bliss* beyond the pain
    Relief is just a ?'s time away

    ? = maybe "turret" but I'm not really sure

    I'm guessing that the "souls in disconnect" are the dear hunter's character and Ms. Leading
    they're both suffering
    ep149846on June 29, 2009   Link

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