Poor old Sisyphus, poor old us
An uphill struggle, no one gives a toss
So we get angry, drunk or lost

Look at us, self pity times two
Abstention for both me and you
Nothing more terrible, nothing more true

Forward I'll go on
I'll push on
Through all the trouble
And I can only try
And enjoy the struggle

In this cosmic tragedy
I could pen another threnody
Of my remaining mortality

This drama we become obesessed
With the mechanics of our final breath
Make the time left a living death

Forward I'll go on
I'll push on
Through all the trouble
And I can only try
And enjoy the struggle


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    My InterpretationNot sure how I can reconcile all of the lyrics with this interpretation but I'll throw it out there anyway since no one else has offered anything.

    When I first heard this song I immediately thought it was referencing The Troubles in Northern Ireland (Therapy? are from Antrim in N.I) or at least cycles of violence. As someone from the Republic of Ireland, I think its very unlikely that Cairns would pen a line like "Through all the trouble" and not realise what that implied.

    The same month the album was released (March 2009) FROM WIKIPEDIA…

    "Two British Army soldiers were shot dead and two more seriously injured during a gun attack at Massereene Barracks in County Antrim. The Real IRA claimed responsibility. These were the first British military fatalities in Northern Ireland since 1997."

    Though the song obviously wasn't written about that incident in particular, if you look at a timeline of events leading up to the incident, attempts on police officer's lives etc, there is a sense (at least in retrospect) that the violence was leading up to something shocking. FROM WIKIPEDIA…

    "The attack came days after a suggestion by Northern Ireland's police chief, Sir Hugh Orde, that the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Northern Ireland was at its highest level for several years."

    I can't think of any Therapy song off—hand that directly references The Troubles but their earlier albums (Babyteeth and Pleasure Death particularly) do have a political edge to them with songs like Animal Bones and Loser Cop.

    That's my interpretation anyway, I'd be happy for someone to offer an argument against it.
    HandsPackmuleon April 15, 2013   Link

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