"A Gentlemen's Coup" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath and Brandon Barnes....
The pain, disorder
A cataclysmic dawn
We trusted but something has gone wrong
We bought it
But woke to find it gone
Impact in 5, 4, 3, 2

The place before
The radiation creeps
On cats' feet
We scatter in the streets
She asks me "do you think it's safe to breathe?"
It doesn't look that way to me

We storm the gates
Raise the flags
Just the same old story
We seize the throne, subjugate
We should have burned it to the ground
Whoa
Some might say we've lost our way
But I believe we've not gone far enough

Afraid, we cower
To interests not our own
The power to free or to control
We let it skip through
Our fingers to the bone
Watch as the bodies wash ashore
Whoa
Nobody lives here anymore

We storm the gates
Raise the flags
Just the same old story
We seize the throne, subjugate
We should have burned it to the ground
Whoa
Some might say we've lost our way
But I believe we've not gone far enough

And how long will we fall for this?
And how long will we fall for this?
How long will we fall for this?
And how long will we fall?

And how long will we fall for this?
And how long will we fall for this?
And how long will we fall for this?
How long, how?

We storm the gates
Raise the flags
Just the same old story
We seize the throne, subjugate
We should have burned it to the ground
Whoa
Some might say we've lost our way
But I believe we've not gone far enough


Lyrics submitted by WillCreary, edited by rougereader

"A Gentlemen's Coup" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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  • +5
    General CommentThis is the version from the booklet:

    The Pain
    Disorder
    A cataclysmic draw
    We trusted
    But something has gone wrong
    We bought in
    Bet woke to find it gone
    Impact in 5-4-3-2...

    Brace
    For fallout
    The radiation creeps
    On cats feet
    We scatter in the streets
    She asked me
    "Do you think its safe to breathe?"
    It doesn't look that way to me

    We stormed the gates
    And raised new flags
    But it's just the same old story
    We seized the throne
    Subjugate
    We should have burned it to the ground
    Some might say we've lost our way
    But I believe we've not gone far enough

    Afraid
    We cower
    To interests not our own
    The power
    To free or to control
    We let it slop through
    Our fingers to the floor
    Watch as the bodies wash ashore
    Nobody lives here anymore


    We stormed the gates
    And raised new flags
    But it's just the same old story
    We seized the throne
    Subjugate
    We should have burned it to the ground
    Some might say we've lost our way
    But I believe we've not gone far enough

    How long will we fall for this?
    Lukovskion March 12, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningIt's essentially about a political revolution that hasn't yet turned into a social revolution. The people have grievances, very possibly economic in nature (ie. they're shit poor), and '[seize] the throne', putting a new popular government into power, but it's still the 'same old story' - this government is incapable of transforming the basic social and economic relations that are behind the suffering.

    The lyrics then say that the revolution has 'not gone far enough', and that they should have 'burned [the throne] to the ground'. This is saying that they need to turn a minor political revolution into a social revolution, and instead of just capturing the state apparatus, the revolution must smash the state and replace it with a system designed from the ground up to serve the interests of the masses.

    The Egyptian Revolution is the perfect example of this. The people revolted due to a combination of severe state repression and horrific economic conditions, as Mubarak's neoliberal reforms gutted working class living standards. So far, however, all we've seen is the power changing hands to a theoretically progressive body, without the core economic grievances being addressed - hence the ongoing protests in Tahrir as I type, and a growing realisation that it's the very way the society is organised that is the ultimate problem.
    Orbsanon July 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFrom the chorus it seems to be about the changes in rule that have gone before ultimately not changing things enough "We storm the gates and raised new flags, but its just the same old story."

    The more things change the more the stay the same. "We seized the throne" "We should have burnt it to the ground" Tim is talking about the need to start over. "I believe we've not gone far enough".

    A new system. Endgame the title of the album is a way of syaing that the way of this world and the way we live now can't last.
    peter_j_son March 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment When I listen to this song I imagine a post-apocalyptic world after a nuclear war. Civilization as we know it is gone; no more government, no more elite, no more poor people. Everything is fair. It's the people's world now, and everyone has equal control. They feel they should have burnt down the way of society earlier, so that everyone could live like that without having to go through a nuclear war.
    zer00rdieon March 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy bad for the lack of lyrics, i submitted just part of it instead of the whole thing. but i got it all up correctly now.
    WillCrearyon April 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing Song.

    First let me say: I know A Gentlemen´s Coup is not about this.

    "We seize the throne, subjugate
    We should have burnt it to the ground
    (Storm the gates, raise the flag!)
    (Seize the throne, subjugate!)
    Some might say we've lost our way
    But I believe we've not gone far enough"

    Just think about Egypt and maybe libya. Yeah, the people in Egypt won the civil war, but who knows if the new regime is any better? Maybe they have not gone far enough ?

    "Peace, before us, the radiation creeps
    We can't sleep, we're scattered in the streets
    She asked me, "you think it's safe today?"
    It doesn't look that way to me"

    Tschernobyl, Japan anyone ? Even now the japanese government isn´t 100 percent honest to his people.

    Realynon March 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere's what I got:

    The pain, disorder, a cataclysmic dawn
    We trusted but something has gone wrong
    We've fallen, awoke to find it gone
    Effective five, four, three, two

    Peace, before us, the radiation creeps
    We can't sleep, we're scattered in the streets
    She asked me, "you think it's safe today?"
    It doesn't look that way to me

    We storm the gates, raise the flags
    Just the same old story
    We seize the throne, subjugate
    We should have burnt it to the ground
    (Storm the gates, raise the flag!)
    (Seize the throne, subjugate!)
    Some might say we've lost our way
    But I believe we've not gone far enough

    Afraid, we cower to interests not our own
    The power to free or to control
    We let it slip through our fingers to the floor
    Watch as the ?? to shore
    Nobody lives here anymore

    We storm the gates, raise the flags
    Just the same old story
    We seize the throne, subjugate
    We should have burnt it to the ground
    (Storm the gates, raise the flag!)
    (Seize the throne, subjugate!)
    Some might say we've lost our way
    But I believe we've not gone far enough

    And how long will we fall for this?
    How long will we fall for this?
    How long will we fall for this?
    How long will we fall?

    And how long will we fall for this?
    How long will we fall for this?
    How long will we fall for this?
    How long? How long?

    We storm the gates, raise the flags
    Just the same old story
    We seize the throne, subjugate
    We should have burnt it to the ground
    (Storm the gates, raise the flag!)
    (Seize the throne, subjugate!)
    Some might say we've lost our way
    But I believe we've not gone far enough
    Bskiffingtonon March 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe chorus makes me think of ancient warfare, the army storms the gates, conquers, raise the new flag, take over the throne, but there will be so many revolts from the people who used to live there, or the country will want there city bak so more war will follow and it would just be easier to burn the city down. the songs obviously not about ancient war at all, but im a history guy so thats what i think of
    swanemyr98on June 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me I always thought that with this song RA was trying to say something about the Obama presidency, how he ran on the idea of change but really didn't change much it's just" the same old story"
    the part " How long will we fall for this" seems to be a poke at the idea that the 2 parties are any different and that voting actually changes things.
    This is all not necessarily my political opinion, but what I think RA is trying to say.
    wetkarlon February 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song isn't just about ancient armies or anything, I think it's meant to cover on the broad spectrum how every time people revolt or try to change the system it winds up exactly the same. I mean, the communist revolution in Russia ended with dictators like Stalin. In the Middle East, all we do is just making it worse, turning it into a ticking time bomb. Even Obama's discovered with the NSA thing that you really can't get rid of National Surveillance, we need it for safety. It's all just a hopeless, nihilistic cycle.
    atemu1234on September 16, 2013   Link

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