"Mustard Gas" as written by and Casey Blue Crescenzo....
Here they are
The wicked
A panic floods the field
Deliver it
Unthinkable
They play the part performing oh so well

With empty cause, they carry on

A twisted soul
An apparition
Born of a beastly (brand?)
They butcher purposely

(...?)
Beg for a reason he would allow this
Look to the sky and say
We would be better off without this
Who would allow this?

We've never felt alive
But none of us can die just when we want to
We're stuck in this disguise
With leather skin these eyes decide to haunt you
[Haunt you]
But do we haunt you?

(...?)
Beg for a reason he would allow this
Look to the sky and say
We would be better off without this
Who would allow this?

[Repeat: x8]
From the other (side?)


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"Mustard Gas" as written by Casey Blue Crescenzo

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    General Comment"We're stuck in this disguise
    With leather skin these eyes designed to haunt you"

    These words make me thing of a gas mask. Which by the way are both cool and very creepy lol.
    peacegrrlon August 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment(...?)= Scream to the sky and beg

    I'm pretty sure..it's hard to tell
    halliwaxon June 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"With leather skin these eyes decide to haunt you"

    I think it's "these eyes designed to haunt you."
    Flamingotacoon June 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last line is "You're on the other side"

    and "With leather skin these eyes decide to haunt you"
    should be "this leather skin; with eyes designed to haunt you."
    possumkingdom85on June 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOMG! This song was soooo amazing live! I bought the new cd just because they played this and I found Casey after the show just to ask him which one it was lol these guys deserve so much credit for what they have done/already do/will do.
    They are so talented.

    As for the song...it's about war, or at least that's the location of this character's thought process...mostly he's questioning God (the sky) on how he would allow this to happen. He also talks about fear of the enemy, fear of death and how the best he can do is ask God all about it...only when he's on the other side...or dead.

    Great song. Wow.
    blake2112on June 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshould "deliver it" be "deliverance"?
    ieatfrisbeeson June 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIn an interview Casey said "there are 4 different characters that the Boy comes across [in Act 3: Life and Death] that are personifications of different aspects of war. The Tank, The Poison Woman, The Thief, and Mustard Gas. Though meeting these people and other much more important characters its his sort of transformation for the worse."
    Beatles136on July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHere they are
    The wicked
    A panic floods the field
    Deliverance
    Unthinkable
    They play the part, performing oh so well

    With empty cause, they carry on
    A twisted soul, an apparition
    Born of a beastly brand
    They butcher purposely
    [Just have the sense to run away]

    Scream at the sky and beg
    Beg for a reason he would allow this
    Look to the sky and say
    We would be better off without this
    Who would allow this?

    We've never felt alive
    But none of us can die just when we want to
    [Want to]
    We're stuck in this disguise
    With leather skin these eyes designed to haunt you
    [Haunt you]
    But do we haunt you?

    Scream at the sky and beg
    Beg for a reason he would allow this
    Look to the sky and say
    We would be better off without this
    Who would allow this?

    From the other side
    [x8]

    ---

    fixed a few errors/cleaned it up
    Iambandersnatchon July 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDuring WWI, mustard gas was commonly used by all sides involved.

    This song is about war dehumanizes the enemy --- you're not slaughtering humans, you're slaughtering the enemy and just trying to survive another round of gas shells.

    Disregarding the title, it could be about any major war since the beginning of the last century.
    sheela_lon September 23, 2010   Link

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