"Victory Over the Sun" as written by and Simon Alexander Neil....
Trees will speak before you listen
Oh my God, no one knows that
We can barely stand each other
It's not right, no it's not fair
Cause I'd wait anywhere for you
Would you wait for me?

Bleeding tears is the least of our problems here
We can moan our family's gone, blistered feelings
All we have's diseased organs
And I'd die anytime for you
Would you die for me?

Keep digging for the rest of your days
Say something please it's time to pay
Smoke crack for me, read jack for me,
At this time I'd let you spit in my face

I can only make you see the moon,
You can touch it but that's up to you
This is happening because of you
Stay special brother you stay true

We can change the world despite all our enemies
We're fighting on, listen to your heart and sing
Pray for love, it feels like a memory
If we hold on, there's a victory over the sun

Collapse in front of all of your peers
Stop bleeding, keep blocking your ears
Eating babies, drinking black brandy,
Squinting all night through your demonic haze

I can only make you see the moon,
You can touch it but that's up to you
This is happening because of you
Stay special brother you stay true

We can change the world despite all our enemies
We're fighting on, listen to your heart and sing
Pray for love, it feels like a memory
If we hold on, there's a victory over the sun
Victory over the sun
Victory over the sun
Victory over the sun
There's a victory over the sun


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"Victory Over the Sun" as written by Simon Alexander Neil

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    Song MeaningIn sum, this song is a monologue directed at someone with a narrow, restrictively religious mindset. I use the phrase "restrictively religious", because the song does not necessarily deride all religious mindsets, but rather, those that inhibit free thinking. The singer attempts to convince his lover-of-some-sort that they can triumph over a backwards mindset that inhibits mental progress.

    The narrator of the song begins by expressing frustration with the person he/she is addressing. If "trees will speak before you listen", then you obviously won't be listening any time soon. To me, this line appears to a Biblical reference to the "end times", but I cannot find any source that would validate this. The narrator also expresses devotion to the person being addressed.
    When the tempo of the song picks up, the narrator begins expressing frustration with the ridiculous demands of a restrictively religious mindset. He presents several examples of the actions of such a mindset. "digging for the rest of your days", "please its time to pay", "at this time I'd let you spit in my face" all demonstrate submissiveness and mental subjugation.
    Shortly following this, the dichotomy of the "sun" and the "moon" becomes important. In a religious context, the narrator seems to imply that the sun represents God, and the moon represents that which is not God. --The Devil? The truth? This depends on your view. The narrator refers back to his frustration with a closed mind by stating that he can "only make you see the moon / you can touch it but that's up to you" This appears to reflect a sort of, you can take a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink analogy. The narrator claims that the person to whom he is talking needs to open his mind in order to receive the benefits of what he is saying. For people who have participated in arguments against extremely religious people, this situation resonates, as it is common for an unreasonable fanatic to entirely deny a fact, although it is right before his or her face.

    The next section of the chorus reflects the narrator's hopes for what a free mind will bring. They will be able to change the world, and will be free to listen to their hearts for their opinions. This culminates in the line, "if we hold on, there's a victory over the sun". It is quite an epic thought. In the sun / moon dichotomy, the sun appears to represent God, so the narrator is claiming that with free minds, they will be able even to triumph over God himself.

    The rest of the song reiterates these ideas, with some additional ideas brought into play, but not enough for me to delve into it deeply. Despite seemly religious imagery, this song rebels from the traditional religious mindset. The music video, which portrays two people running away from what appears to be a cult led by Biffy Clyro's frontman, supports the analyses presented here.
    brainmurphyon January 26, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationJust as usual I feel like relating this to religion, it's like fulfilling the end time.

    Right now we can barely stand each other, life is getting harder every moment.
    We can stop moving and only keep moaning about the past and all the bad things on earth, but we shouldn't, we gotta hold on. We should read our bible (jack) and pray everyday, like Jezus; we should let them spit in our face.
    We made this world go wrong, it's our fault, but despite of that we are still children of God (stay true).
    We should fight satan by praying, in the end there will be victory and God will make everything allright.

    This would be a bit in contradiction with Biffy's other songs, though I do feel like this is a possible interpretation.
    Paterloccoon November 27, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationpretty powerful lyrics...i would also relate them to religion and belief, as well as to strength, patience, choice, hope and love, ofc. :)
    annalotteon January 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is an anthem for the environment

    “Trees will speak before you listen”
    This line talks of an intelligence existing within the natural living world.
    The humans appear to be the last animals to comprehend.
    This comes to us - partly through science and partly through spirituality.
    Consider the teaching of the Hindu “Dance with the Shiva”,
    The delicate balance between Creation and Death.

    “We can change the world despite all our enemies”
    Talks about the people that don’t respect nature and the delicate balance.
    They live to a system of power, greed and consumption.
    The selfish focus on themselves through the mind and ego.
    It’s the lack of respect to the environment, that them such a threat (enemies) to Mother Nature.

    “Victory over the Sun”
    Means that the Sun will in the end be our the great equaliser.
    And without a change of worldwide thinking, it will become a people killer.
    gwood327on September 12, 2014   Link

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