Black water
Drippin' down your face
Mountains in reconstitution's embrace

[Chorus]
Guns and steel
And the germs of love
Toe to toe
In the world of mud
Guns and steel
And the germs of love
Blow for blow
For my aching heart

Black water
Spread your words on me
Waste me with a bang
You know, for posterity

[Chorus]


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"Black Water" as written by Alex M T Ebert

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    General CommentThis song is without a doubt, definitely a reference to Blackwater,a mercenary, military company now known as Xe Services from my home state of North Carolina. Guns and steel and germs of love is a reference to Guns, Germs, and Steel: a 1997 book by Jared Diamond. A very good book by the way. Edward is apparently an intelligent man.
    jfcncon December 23, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Black water
    Dripping down your face" makes me think of a woman crying? and it is after the song Jade on the album... and "Waste me with a bang" just keeps reminding me of some one distressed.
    -just my thoughts :]
    evlskitsoon March 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI heard them in concert. Alex introduced this song talking about how the white men had come to the New World bringing their guns and diseases while making promises with words on paper (black water being the ink). The song is about Native Americans.
    Phunnlaon November 16, 2010   Link

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