I wake up in the morning
And I drink from the fountain
I wake up in the morning
With the same unanswered questions
I don't know
What's gonna cure my unsettled stomach
Street kids collect spare change
In a conch shell on the sidewalk
Their teeth are yellow
Their hair is tangled
Their minds are vapid
And they laugh wild in their depravity

I make my way back home to you
Head north on St. Marco Avenue
White crosses on the church lawn
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all

Ponytails swinging back and forth
Behind beach blonde college girls out for a jog
St. Augustine, shine your light down on me
Pop hits from the nineties
Echo out of tourist filled bars
I'm met with arms crossed under dirty looks
I am treated like a common thief

I make my way back home to you
Head north on St. Marco Avenue
White crosses on the church lawn
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all

Eavesdropping in on conversations
I wander aimless, leering at strangers
Strung out on the amphetamines that you gave to me
Eyeballed with suspicion by a pencil skirt in high heels
You realize that you're talking to yourself
Cannon fire explodes out over the bay

I make my way back home to you
Head north on St. Marco Avenue
White crosses on the church lawn
I want to smash them all
Looking for context and perspective
Looking for some kind of distraction
White crosses on the church lawn
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all
I want to smash them all


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  • +4
    General CommentTom Gabel said the following in an interview about this song:

    "I wrote the majority of the record in St Augustine, in Florida where I recently moved to and just around the corner from my house there's this church and the front lawn is covered in these little white crosses, and behind them there's a piece of text saying each of the crosses is there to represent how many abortions occur in America every day. So the song is in essence a pro-choice song, and seeing those crosses everyday, I fantasized about smashing them down, or driving my car through them. I think there's something to be said for acts like that - it'd be very gratifying, but instead I play music and write about this stuff. That's why I say in the lyric, "I want to smash them all"
    brokenmelodieson July 21, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti really find it hilariously sad that people will always listen to obviously liberal bands without hearing what the lyrics are really saying and say that its their favorite band. but then they find out one thing about them they dont like and realize that they hate them. i had an extremely conservative christian friend whos favorite band was Rise Against until a couple of years ago when i told him that they are all mostly vegetarian, straight edge, and extremely liberal. then he decided he hated them after listening to them everyday of his life. same friend was supposed to hang out with me and another friend one day and when he called to see what we had planned, we told him that we were gonna just chill and play green day rock band. he said he might come over after we were done with that cuz he hates green day for "hating america".

    so basically, before you decide you "love" a band/artist, do some fucking research and, more over, listen to what their fucking songs are about. the internet can be a beautiful tool if you use it correctly....
    JustinLWFAon January 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm going to give a very simple answer but I think this is about some big adventure that he had or a walk he went on while tripping on amphetamines

    Ponytails swinging back and forth
    Behind beach blonde college girls out for a jog
    St. Augustine, shine your light down on me
    Pop hits from the nineties
    Echo out of tourist filled bars
    I'm met with arms crossed under dirty looks
    I am treated like a common thief

    Telling us what he sees, tells us he feels persecuted for who he is where he goes because of who he is.

    Eavesdropping in on conversations
    I wander aimless, leering at strangers
    Strung out on the amphetamines that you gave to me
    Eyeballed with suspicion by a pencil skirt in high heels
    You realize that you're talking to yourself
    Cannon fire explodes out over the bay

    He's talking about an amphetamine trip, guess only people who have been there no how it is haha.

    When your tripping out on amphetamines, the world seems to have more deeper meaning, guess this is his interpretation of how he sees the world while tripping...

    Oh yea and eavesdropping on conversation, you tend to hear a lot of shit that suddenly makes sense hahaha
    AceKingJakon January 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIt's San Marco Avenue, not St. Marco. San Marco is a road in St. Augustine, FL. I'm guessing the "light" refers to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and "cannon fire" refers to Castillo de San Marco, a fort in St. Augustine.
    mlmintampaon June 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrolls like exagainstmefan i wanna smash them all
    clawz01on December 01, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commenttom's internal monologue while walking down the street converted eloquently into song lyrics

    yawn
    impon April 18, 2010   Link

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