All our pretty roads, fairy tales and crowns, broken on the floor
All our little words, love and peace and love, spoken with a sword
We say overthrow the government, put a new one up instead

If you can overthrow then overthrow,
If you can overthrow your soul
If you can overthrow then overthrow,
If you can overthrow your soul

Tell me how it goes, the one about the war,
the war that killed the king
Our hearts are still the same, stone and ice and steal
Lifeless hollow things
You say overthrow the government, who will save us from yourself?

If you can overthrow then overthrow,
If you can overthrow your soul
If you can overthrow then overthrow,
If you can overthrow yourself, yourself, yourself

Take me down and lock me up,
you can't change my head,
you can't change my heart
When this old life is done,
will we still be the stubborn souls we always were?
Today is our last change to turn around, to turn around
Yourself, yourself, yourself

If you can overthrow then overthrow,
If you can overthrow your soul
If you can overthrow then overthrow,
If you can overthrow your soul


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    Song MeaningHow it starts, with the stomp-clapping, seems to show a repetition.

    The whole song to me seems to be about how we place blame on how things are on those who lead us. Really, we are the problem, each and every one of us.

    "All our pretty roads, fairy tales and crowns, broken on the floor
    All our little words, love and peace and love, spoken with a sword
    We say overthrow the government, put a new one up instead"

    We say we want peace, and yet we fuel war.

    "If you can overthrow then overthrow,
    If you can overthrow your soul
    If you can overthrow then overthrow,
    If you can overthrow your soul"

    It's a direct challenge. Go ahead, try and change how things are. Us, that's what needs to change.

    "Tell me how it goes, the one about the war,
    the war that killed the king"

    Most likely referring to Jesus's death.

    "Our hearts are still the same, stone and ice and steal
    Lifeless hollow things"

    We're still the same heartless things we were back then when we crucified Jesus.

    "You say overthrow the government, who will save us from yourself?"

    The wording here says it all. We say blame them, but we are the problem.

    "Take me down and lock me up,
    you can't change my head,
    you can't change my heart
    When this old life is done,
    will we still be the stubborn souls we always were?
    Today is our last change to turn around, to turn around
    Yourself, yourself, yourself"

    Saying we need something to change here, change our perspective on what is really wrong here.
    EveryEmotionon May 16, 2011   Link

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