Soon you'll be burning orphanages down
Watching ashes scatter all over town
And when the smoke gets too close to the ground
You'll see blue trampling over grey and green over brown

And you'll be cutting ears off of dead men
Pumping shells into the carcass for hours on end
Then you'll swear that we've always been friends
And be unable to conceive it could ever happen again

Of course, you have never been to blame for the various horrible things that you did
You may have gotten away with them too, if not for those meddling kids
The lump in your throat, the ache in your bones
They are nobody's fault but your own

And whatever amount you paid
For your many distractions, well, it was too much
And at the end of the day
To whatever extent you hate yourself, it isn't enough

And we can no longer afford
Waiting for someone to lift this terrible swift sword
In our basements, we all look so bored
We've never seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
There will be parties, there will be fun
There'll be tall gallows for everyone
And we will all be sleeping easy
Upon the sinking of the sun
But there's only one dream that I keep close,
And it's the one of my hand at your throat

I will not deny my humanity
I'll be rolling in it like a pig in feces
Because there's no other integrity
In awaiting the demise of our species

May you endure every indignity knowing all the while that life will go on
And when it ends, may you have nothing to say, except that it took too long
And may I be there somehow
Asking, "Where are all your friends now?"

Lyrics submitted by jett4life, edited by stasz92

Richard III song meanings
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  • +3
    General Comment"Richard" is a song on Billy Bragg's first album that has the chorus, "There will be parties, there will be fun, there will be prizes for everyone."
    grnbean08on September 07, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe song's called Richard II
    seant203on December 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is fucking amazing.
    Titus never ceases to dazzle me with their pure fucking energy and epicness.
    palveon May 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNot sure if this song is about the protagonist dealing with the reality of killing a fellow man, or if he's actually talking about someone else.
    PhilipWithOneLon May 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAs the entire album is supposed to be based on the US civil war, "blue trampling over grey" seems like it would be witnessing union troops 'trampling over' confederacy troops - the colours of their respective uniforms.

    "green over brown" is less clear - the only thing I can I can think of is grass growing over the mud of the battlefield.
    taskforceon June 03, 2011   Link

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