"A John Hancock With The Safety Off" as written by and Randy Michael Torres Steven Allen Dail....
Cure the radio
Cure the airwaves
Cure the video
Cure the satellites

We’ll lend you an oxygen flask
To quench your collapse at last
We’re beaming in pearl and white
Cause finally your poverty’s mine

You’e probably wondering how we came out alive
While we are laughing while you bury your eyes
You’re probably wondering how we came out alive
Never forget our only reason to live
is to die

Cure the Radio
Cure the Airwaves
Cure the video
Cure the satelllites

Solutions of silver and chrome
In broadcasts of pirate hopes
These portraits of “assets” have turned
From pictures into revolvers

From sand you were made
to sand you return

Come Down
And rise to our level

Let all the world know the prisoners took flight
And watch the city streets as towers ignite
The former kings and all their armies burn bright
While we sit back in all the glory tonight
You’re probably wondering how we came out alive
Never forget our only reason to live.


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    General CommentProper lyrics:

    Cure the radio,
    We’ll lend you an oxygen flask.
    Cure the airwaves,
    To quench your collapse at last.
    Cure the video,
    We’re beaming in pearl and white.
    Cure the satellites,
    Cause finally your poverty’s mine.

    You’re probably wondering how we came out alive,
    Why we are laughing while you bury your eyes.
    Never forget our only reason to live...

    Cure the radio,
    Solutions of silver and chrome.
    Cure the airwaves,
    In broadcasts of pirate hopes.
    Cure the video,
    These portraits of assets have turned.
    Cure the satellites,
    From pictures into revolvers.

    You’re probably wondering how we came out alive,
    Why we are laughing while you bury your eyes.
    You’re probably wondering how we came out alive,
    Never forget our only reason to live is to die.

    Come down,
    And rise to our level.
    [x2]

    Cure the radio,
    Cure the airwaves,
    Cure the video,
    Cure the satellites.

    Let all the world know the prisoners took flight,
    And watch the city streets as towers ignite.
    The formers kings and all their armies burn bright,
    While we sit back in all the glory tonight.

    You’re probably wondering how we came out alive,
    Never forget our only reason to live.
    blondy269on July 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom an interview with Andrew of Project 86:

    Andrew - "That song is probably top three for me lyrically on the record. And it's got some good imagery going on. I wrote it from the perspective of being an artist, and starting out in this industry, and you kind of have to work your way to a point of being able to provide for yourself and have a sense of clout and power and empowerment from a business standpoint and also from an artistic standpoint. You're earning respect, you're earning from the crowds that you draw and the experience that you gain, wisdom, and all these things. I try to write about our experiences. There's a line in the song that says "These portraits of assets have turned from pictures into revolvers," meaning - you reach a point of empowerment if you're lucky enough or blessed enough in this industry to where you can kind of pave your own path. It's a little bit of a cocky song, in so far as, we've had a lot of people stand in our way in a way and not believe in us. I guess that's true for every band, but we've had a lot of obstacles, people who still don't give us respect after how many years? I just look at the path that we've walked as a band, for better or for worse, and I look back on the decisions that we've made and I'm stoked about where we've been and where we've come from and where we're going. I feel like we're more focused on God now than we've ever been. And I feel like we can still get up there on stage and deliver it as powerfully even on a tour like this, as any of these bands. It's just one of these songs that's written in the perspective of the musician who's worked really hard to try to overcome a lot of things. You have to overcome a lot of things just to be able to stand up there on that stage. And it's just about that, man, and the politics of music and the industry. If you can get past all that stuff and win those battles, that's when you can truly enjoy the fruits of your labor, y'know? So that's what it's about."

    Interviewer - "That's cool. Yeah, the things that really got me curious about the song are the lines like "Cure the radio" and "Cure the video..." and stuff like that..."

    Andrew - "I changed it. It was originally 'Kill the radio, kill the video...'"

    Interviewer - "See, that's what I thought you were saying [before I read the lyrics]!"

    Andrew - "Yeah. And I switched the word "kill" to the word "cure," because I felt like it was even bolder. Being solution-oriented to the dilemmas that you face along the way. Because you can allow obstacles to jade you or you can overcome those obstacles. It's an encouragement to those who are still fighting that battle."

    Source: jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/…
    blondy269on July 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPicket Fence is probably Project 86 best album ever (although rival factions would definately come close). The lyrics are awesome, definately their most god focused album. This is one of my favourite songs off the new album.
    ChristianMusicBuffon September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't say it's their best. My favorite is still Songs.... But it is definitely a comeback to their previous style. It's more of a blend between the older stuff and Rival Factions.
    kashir315on May 29, 2010   Link

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