"Kemosabe" as written by Jonathan Joseph Higgs, Jeremy Joseph Pritchard, Alexander Kaines Robertshaw and Michael David Spearman....
Four walls and a cauldron of Kalashnikoving
And our home is a trigger that I'm always pulling
At the border, at the, at the border
I'm at the border, at the, at the border
The short spears and the weak eternal monologuing
And our war is the crucible of all your longing
At the border, at the, at the border
I'm at the border, at the, at the border

I was there when the clamor got real
I was there when your brow smashed the wall
It's like a riot with only two perps
The more I'm here I'm making it worse
But does it feel like you're already dead? (Yes)
And do you feel like your brain stopped delivering?
Yeah, break my finger shoot out my black eyes
What does it matter if everyone dies?

(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone
(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone
Hi-O Silver away

So fast hence take an arrow from your quiver or we're
Past tens, what's a trilobite to anyone?
I'm outta my depth, outta, outta my depth
I'm outta my depth, outta, outta my depth
My head reels and I'm crawling down the corridor
I can't see but I'm heaving like a holocaust

I'm reaching my phone, reaching, reaching my phone
I'm reaching my phone, reaching, reaching my phone
You wasn't there when I orphaned that boy (No)
Your body was and the white of your rollin' eye
I saw some terrible things on that night
I done a lot of bad things with my life
I put my fingers in there
Hey, and I breeze past security
Nobody checking on all of my deeds
I need a checker for all of my deeds

(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone
(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone

And we be trapped in the amber last joy
And I'm looking at a holy ghost
But there's no silver bullet for a memory
I field dress every moment but you're telling me that Torito say
I've lost my way

(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone
(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone

Mmm, and I'm lost and I'm drained
Enough genuflecting in a penitent way

(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone
(Hey) Hey, Kemosabe I'm alone
Ayah, I am a, I am alone
Hi-O Silver away


Lyrics submitted by temp1444

"Kemosabe [LP Version]" as written by Jeremy Joseph Pritchard Alexander Kaines Robertshaw

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General CommentPlay on the relationship between iconic figures of the Lone Ranger and Tonto (Kemosabe), his faithful sidekick. Song's protagonist paints himself as the Lone Ranger, here a fallen man who is supposed to be a hero / cultural icon of America, reflecting on how he has done terrible things. It's implied Tonto is gone, likely killed in the scene described in the end of the second verse ('You wasn't there when I orphaned that boy, / (NO!) Your body was, and the white of your rollin' eye / I saw some terrible things on that night').

    Without Tonto, the Lone Ranger is confronted again & again with the fact that he's really 'alone', plagued by it, and this line -- 'Nobody checking on all of my deeds, I need a checker for all of my deeds', and the wail that carries throughout the song that he's alone and crying out for his lost friend, likely points to the Lone Ranger as symbolic of America, having either lost any 'sidekick' would could have exerted a moderating force on the country's behaviour, or, more likely, having never really had any such sidekick to begin with...

    (The extermination of the indigenous people of the Americas by the settlers: 'a string of genocide campaigns by Europeans and their descendants...the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world'--author David Stannard, 'American Holocaust')

    See how the song itself references holocaust, also a trilobite (fossil of extinct marine animal), and the violent imagery throughout. The Lone Ranger fears himself as an unchecked force, but the song casts him as both a present-day figure ('reaching for my phone') and a figure out of history trapped in time reliving memories on an endless loop ('But there's no silver bullet for a memory I, / Field dress every moment but you're telling me that Tonto say / I've lost my way!')

    The song ends after the dreamy reflection over the dilemma, before finally it's all cast aside (lost and drained, enough genuflecting in a penitent way) and it's 'Yippee-kayay!' and 'Hi-O Silver away!'--he's riding off into the sunset alone, he can't help himself.
    dianaoddon April 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, not sure about the video, I think they could have done more with it. Song sounds like it's about the Lone Ranger, maybe it's about a guy that feels like he's the Lone Ranger because he's always on his own?
    Tikkaon February 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIncredible song. Wow
    bellabambion January 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPossibly the War In Iraq or any War that America has been in, and the f'ed up thing/things the soldiers may of done? Then feeling completely alone realizing that they don't even know what they're fighting for anymore or why?

    "And our war is the crucible of all your longing at the border,
    At the, at the border I'm at the border, at the, at the border
    I was there when the clamour got real I was there when your brow smashed the wall
    It's like a riot with only two perps, the more I'm here I'm making it worse
    But does it feel like you're already dead? (YES!)
    And do you feel like your brain stopped delivering?
    Yeah break my finger shoot out my black eyes,
    What does it matter if everyone dies?
    Hey Kemosabe I'm alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone!"

    You wasn't there when I orphaned that boy,
    (NO!) Your body was, and the white of your rollin' eye
    I saw some terrible things on that night, I done a lot of bad things with my life

    "I put my fingers in thee, And I breeze past security!
    Nobody checking on all of my deeds, I need a checker for all of my deeds
    Hey Kemosabe I'm alone! Ayah! I am a! I am alone!"

    I still like dianaodd's interpretation better. Just looking at it from a different angle.
    girlgoon February 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJonathan: "It’s one of the more Man Alive clusterfuck songs in some ways. It’s about turbulent relationships and feeling alone even if you are with somebody. It’s playing off the Lone Ranger and his relationship with Tonto. The fact that he’s the Lone Ranger despite – well, he’s always been Tonto. I always thought that was funny and a bit weird. And I liked the language: Yippeekayay and Hiyo Silver and Kemosabe."

    thelineofbestfit.com/features/track-by-track-features/…
    qwertyfoxon October 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredible song, amazing lyrics, but I laugh every time he goes "IIIAIIIIAIII'm alooooone."
    LivinLaVidaLokion October 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song!!! but is kalashnikoving even a word?
    jonjonwinnyon February 25, 2016   Link

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