"The Believers" as written by Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor and Mariqueen Arrabaca Maandig....
Muddy trail beside the water
Leads the lambs into the slaughter
Hands and knees, we all atone
Path is paved with blood and bone
Trembly hands reveal their purpose
Blisters form beneath the surface
No one gonna make us leave
We're the ones that still believe

Fear comes piercing through the silence
In the air, the scent of violence
Watching from above the trees
We're the ones that still believe
We're the ones that still believe
We're the ones that still believe


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"The Believers" as written by Mariqueen Arrabaca Maandig Atticus Ross

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    General Comment"BLOODY trail beside the water / Leads the lambs into the slaughter" means to me we are the lambs of god and we can see something wrong is going on but since we all play follow the leader we are lead to our death. We help destroy ourselves.

    "Hands and knees, we all atone / Path is paved with blood and bone" were on our hands and knees and the path were on is paved in the blood and bones of our own kind via war hatred for one another and so on.

    "Trembly hands reveal their purpose / Blisters form beneath the surface" again we can see their hands shaking/trembling and know whats coming.


    "No one gonna make us leave / We're the ones that still believe" no one can kill us all off and there are still ones that believe in the right. They are the ones that see and tell others to look.

    Second half

    "Fear comes piercing through the silence / In the air, the scent of violence / Watching from above the trees" angels are watching from above in silence and they can sence violence. They watch from above the trees as we fight and destroy each other over NOTHING.

    these are my thoughts on the song. :)
    xnowimdowninitxon June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love the song, not to much of a clue what it means, but i love it.

    Maybe we are all on a path towards death and there is really no stopping it. Or possible the singer is a 'god' that is saying nobody truly believes in them anymore, and humanity is all destined for death. Again i have no clue.
    Ultrakittyon June 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIts about religion + destruction

    (Christianity or Islam, you decide)

    Muddy trail beside the water - The water is religion, the muddy trail is fundamentalists
    Leads the lambs into the slaughter - leads the brainwashed to do things like kill and blow themselves up.
    Hands and knees, we all atone - we will all pay for this
    Path is paved with blood and bone - with our dead loved ones
    Trembling hands reveal their purpose - Nervous hands reveal a bomb
    Blisters form beneath the surface - blisters form under the skin of those near
    No one gonna make us leave - nobody can talk them out of this brainwashed state
    We're the ones that still believe - believers have to do it themselves

    Fear comes piercing through the silence - when the belief causes fear of others
    In the air, the scent of violence - an eye for an eye
    Watching from above the trees - Watching from our buildings
    We're the ones that still believe - we bow to the gods at our own peril

    Each track on the album is about how to "destroy angels".
    blueox01on October 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBLOODY trail beside the water
    Leads the lambs into the slaughter
    Hands and knees, we all atone
    Path is paved with blood and bone
    Trembly hands reveal their purpose
    Blisters form beneath the surface
    No one gonna make us leave
    We're the ones that still believe

    Fear comes piercing through the silence
    In the air, the scent of violence
    Watching from above the trees
    We're the ones that still believe
    We're the ones that still believe
    We're the ones that still believe
    xnowimdowninitxon June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI had similar thoughts as the previous two posts. Really seems similar to "Right in Two" by Tool.
    Androgyneon June 06, 2013   Link
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    General Commentblueox01 - I find your interpretation to be pretty close-minded, also how convinced and definite you present it. However, I don't mean to insult or attack you.

    I believe the album is about how people are ruined by what's around them. They're "angels" being destroyed. It is talking about human society and how it changes people. This song in particular, about how people walk the same path, maybe even knowing it is wrong, led by people knowing where it leads to, yet feeling unable to leave it, simply because it's hard or they have been destroyed and given up. Most people think they're "survivors", haven't "given up", tell others "not to give up", while in the end, they're the ones who've given up themselves and everything around them, now being a regular, living part of the society and world they find to be wrong in so many ways.
    AnUndeadPoeton June 03, 2011   Link

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