and that discussion was all true
until you decided to bust in with the old you
now you're judging them all through your gut
and it sucks that you're stuck in with no shoes to walk in so
there ain't nothing to soften the blow
from that trail of burning coal to the rocks in the road
but you expect them to follow in your pussyfoot steps
which couldn't ever work because you wouldn't look left

and yes there was love in the air,
you should have took breaths,
you know you should've
i said yes, there was love in the air,
you should've took breaths,
you know you could've

and yes, i'm leaving to rest,
in the heart of your machine,
while its bleeding to death
until its carcass is clean,
im feeding the rest of its still beating chest
to the lesser of your subjects.

and they're benchpressing their grudges,
repeating the reps and blending them in with their crutches
and preaching the steps,
i step lightly, tonight, there might just be a jailbreak
and more than likely its failsafe.
full speed ahead til the sail breaks
take a deep breath
man that ocean air has a stale taste
of a centurys old war,
where it was either all for one,
or one on all fours

now, they were trained to kill all the silence,
using nothing but silk gold and diamonds
they used their skills to build roads to islands
and i ain't gonna leave til the hills close their eyes

so double knot the laces in your boots when you leave,
cause troubles got the ace of every suit in its sleeve,
so quit shooting the breeze, and living lucrative dreams
and just looping, just looping, just looping it seems.

now, they were trained to kill all the silence,
using nothing but silk gold and diamonds
they used their skills to build roads to islands
and i ain't gonna leave til the hills close their eyes


Lyrics submitted by rebelyellow, edited by birdfist

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    General Commentit sounds to me like he says "silk, gold, and diamonds"
    o2akon May 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this is pretty much the right lyrics, some of the words were hard to hear though so any corrections please,

    in terms of interpretation i dont really know have many clues as to what it means, but from the verse
    "man that ocean there has a stale taste
    of a centurys old war,
    where it was either all for one,
    or one on all fours"
    i think theres some sort of allusion to the slave trade there, but the rest of it is hard to interpret for me.

    I dont think enough people have heard of Cecil Otter, his lyrics are amazing.
    rebelyellowon September 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more so about the World Wars, and how the Industrial Revolution impacted it. We were no longer fighting ground fights, with low number production weapons. We had and wanted more steel, gold, and diamonds and were building roads and such to aid the fighting and our country as a whole on the mainland. Just how I interpret the song....and it's a damn good song.
    Bumpon November 16, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe chorus, "now, they were trained to kill all the silence" actually has a very deep meaning, as i see it. just replace the word Silence with Peace and it should make it more clear.
    and yes if u talk to cecil, it IS silk, not steel. he has a youtube channel and twitter ;]
    HiFi17on June 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "pussy footsteps" in the first stanza. At least that's what I've always thought.
    toodrunktodreamon September 24, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Because troubles got the ace of every suit in it's sleeve." That's a good line.
    I see this song as sympathetic to the plight of the would be everyday man that just isn't allowed to be in the game for some reason.
    stevenj777on December 08, 2011   Link

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