"Who Invited the Russian Soldier?" as written by and Keith Buckley Josh Newton....
Wait until they send your son home in a box
See if you're dancing when water is everywhere
Anguish is endless but deaths unambiguous
Wave as it carries him off

And pose while it fits you in hospital gowns
Flirt with the men dressed in white
Slip into bed with the fire that consumes our house

Sing on your surveillance tape
Smile in your autopsy photo for once
Phone up the boys that have buried your bones

Where do you get off loving life?
As if it's done any of us any good, oh

You're going to wish you were me
When the unsuspecting are dragged to their graves
And you're standing on the edge holding a rose

Dead where we stand
And you concern yourself with such things
As your status and what's in fashion

Don't say you can't be this bothered
Death becomes us all, you've got some nerve
Having hope in this ghost town port of call

Someday your insides will turn themselves out
Tell me what purpose our efforts have served
When we end up in the ground
More acts will follow the roles we have played

And everything loved will expire
I've seen it all and I'm worse off because of it
Good men have died in my arms
I've been everywhere yet we'll end up at the same depth
What's the point?

You're gonna wish you were me
When the unsuspecting are dragged to their graves
And you're are standing on the edge holding a rose
Standing on the edge holding a rose

Don't say you can't be this bothered
Death becomes us all, you've got some nerve
Having hope in this ghost town port of call

There's nothing to see here and nothing gazes back at me
There's nothing to see here and that nothing looks back at us
There's nothing to see here and nothing gazes back at me
There's nothing to see here and that nothing looks back at us


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"Who Invited the Russian Soldier?" as written by Jordan Buckley Andy Williams

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    General CommentFirst line is probably "Wait until they send your son home in a box"

    Probably the best song on the new album too.
    buyitloaditshootiton September 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is "wait until they send your home in a box."
    supernaturalon September 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the correction. I agree that it is the best song on the CD along with "Turtles All the Way Down".
    Twobucktinon September 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGood song. Anyone know what the song title is from?
    therookieloton September 18, 2009   Link
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    My Opinioni think it's about having all these fantastical ideas, standing for something only to come to realisation that it's all irrelevant. You'll die, an someone else will come along with the same opinion, and will change nothing. Russian soldiers realised the futility of war, so the title begs the question "who invited the Russian soldier?" cos he's bumming everyone out.
    justfuckingtouchmeon February 17, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationor..."Not too long ago ETID frontman Keith Buckley was hanging out at a dive bar, when a woman who seemed too young to be there bumped into him while dancing. She spilled his drink, and he started yelling "what the fuck are you doing?!" "Afterwards, i felt really bad about it," the singer says. "I realised i was officially that old dude who doesn't like it when kids have fun. It's very defeatist." Turns out the girl works with a friend of his, so he apologised the nest day for being "grumpy old man."

    Thinking about it, he began correlating the defeatist feeling with stories he'd read about Russian soldiers. "About them marching in the cold, and how they'd shoot themselves rather than endure any trauma." This train of thought beacame the fuel for "Who Invited The Russian Soldier?"

    Revolver Magazine, Nov '09
    justfuckingtouchmeon February 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA really great song, though pretty depressing when you actually read the lyrics. Ha. One of my favorite lines in the whole album: "And you're standing on the edge holding a rose."

    The singer is a pessimist and thinks suffering is all there is to life. He's directing the song at an opposing optimist, telling her that life is pointless and shitty etc. The story justfuckingtouchme posted makes perfect sense with the song.

    I think the basic idea of the song is that many people can be optimistic, but it may be just because they haven't seen or felt what real pain is like. Sometimes that real pain is enough to destroy the value of life for someone who has experienced it, justifying suicide, explaining just why those Russian soldiers would want to off themselves.

    Someone hug this guy or something.
    DAMtastychickenon June 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI thought that the last lines of this song sounded familiar. Pretty sure he is referencing this quote:

    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche
    Tirothon November 26, 2013   Link

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