"C'est La Vie" as written by and Luke Hoskin Arif Mirabdolbaghi....
Stepped off a chair so he could learn to let loose
Learn to let loose before the pendulum wore off
In his final sound a gurgle and a cough
In his final words the pendulum wore off
Stepped off a building to find some concrete evidence
Concrete evidence that he'd ever make an impact
Fiction splattered into
Fiction splattered into fact

And his fiction splattered into another sidewalk painting on display
Stepped off a bridge so he could make a splash
To make a splash he had to flounder like a fish out of water
Another lamb that chose the slaughter
Stepped off a chair so he could learn to let loose
Learn to let loose before the pendulum wore off
And his final sound

Stepped off the platform and he briefly made,
Yeah, he briefly made the news
It made the news and he made the trains run fifteen minutes late
Oh, what a price to pay, the trains were fifteen minutes late
Oh, what a price to pay, to be the author of your fate
The trains were fifteen minutes late (to be the author of your fate)
The trains were fifteen minutes late (to be the author of your fate)

C'est la vie!
A drooling old bitch and a house full of lies
C'est la vie!
The little things that kill you make you glad to be alive
C'est la vie!
Disease in your genes and ocean levels on the rise
C'est la vie!
Sing a song of living, before everybody dies!


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"C'est la Vie" as written by Rody Walker Lucas Hoskin

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  • +4
    Song MeaningI agree with Djentleman21.
    It's that epic section with "the trains were 15 minutes late" that adds the feeling that the trains being late is more important than the person committing suicide.
    What Protest are saying is this is wrong, making "C'est la Vie" or "That's the life" (or something similar) a sarcastic statement.

    "Another lamb that chose the slaughter"

    For me this is the most powerful line. People prefer death or "the slaughter" than suffer the pain of life.

    Amazing song that requires a fair few listens because it comes at you at such a fast pace!
    willdawgon February 10, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think its mainly about how minuscule suicide has an effect on the world or perhaps how common its becoming.

    "Stepped off the platform and he briefly made,
    Yeah, he briefly made the news
    It made the news and he made the trains run fifteen minutes late"

    This section I think really makes that clear.
    Djentleman21on February 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn a nutshellI, I think they're just saying how dumb suicide is. cant wait for the album!
    temp1444on February 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWoo, first comment! This is a great start to what I'm hoping will be another spectacular album. Thumbs up Protest.
    CaptainAlexanderon February 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDjentleman21 seems to have this down
    All the scenarios seem to say something different about suicide, or the reasons for it
    The chair is to just let go, get away
    The building is out of human curiosity about death, heaven, etc (concrete evidence, great pun)
    The bridge is to get noticed (ie make a splash)
    It mentions a lamb choosing the slaughter, so it's innocent people (commonly symbolized by a lamb) choosing to die
    As was said, the platform is just the frequency and irrelevancy of suicide, possibly playing off of the "making a splash" line
    And "c'est la vie" is a French expression meaning "That's life", or more simply put, "Shit happens"
    Its commenting on our perception of our own mortality and that of others
    modernkixon February 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo agree with Bfgoodwin, the people committing suicide feel like they are martyring themselves, like it's the only "concrete" way for them to make an "impact"
    snowpea101on February 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat do you think that whole last section means? It looks almost like a lament for the dead to me, "the little things that kill you make you glad to be alive." maybe suggesting that there's something to be learned from tragedies like this, about human compassion. Or perhaps it simply means, be glad you have what you've got. Any thoughts?
    Kanadyjczkiemon February 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomething about "The trains were 15 minutes late" makes me 99.99% positive this is about the fascist leader of Italy during WWII: Benito Mussolini. His most famous action was making the trains run on time, and when he died he was hung by his legs, like a Pendulum. Just a thought.
    corerulezon March 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArif [Mirabdolbaghi, bass] wrote this song, so this will be merely my interpretation of the lyrics. It’s about the insignificance of suicide and the fleeting few moments where anyone might give a fuck. Inside that, it explores appreciating the little things in life that make it worth living. - Rody walker courtesy of Alt Press
    Bfgoodwinon March 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIn response to what "corerulez" said..

    DUDE WHAT.
    ChapterFour70on April 10, 2011   Link

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