"Empire (Let Them Sing)" as written by and Jordan Keith Attwood Fish Lee David Malia....
It's the start of the end
Surrender the throne
The blood on my hands covered the holes

We've been surrounded by vicious cycles
Are we truly alone?
The scars on your heart are yours to atone
We've been surrounded
Let 'em sing, let 'em sing

The deeper you dig, the darker it gets
There's nowhere else for us to go
We live while we learn, and then we forget
We'll never find our way back home
Come on

They came like moths to a flame
You live like a house in a hurricane

(The wolves are at my door)

It's the start of the end
Surrender the throne
The blood on my hands covered the holes

We've been surrounded by vicious cycles
The end, are we truly alone?
The scars on your heart are yours to atone
We've been surrounded
Let 'em sing, let 'em sing

I hear them calling at the gates
(Let us in, let us in)
I hear them calling out my name (I don't care)

Let them sing, let them sing, let them sing
Let the bastards sing
Let them sing, let them sing
Let the bastards sing
Let them sing, let them sing
Let the bastards sing
Let the God-forsaken bastards sing

They came like moths to a flame
You live like a house in a hurricane

The wolves are at my door
But I can see the writing on the wall
The wolves are at my door
Waiting for my empire to fall

It's the start of the end
Surrender the throne
The blood on my hands covered the holes

We've been surrounded by vicious cycles
The end, and we're truly alone
The scars on your heart are yours to atone
We've been surrounded
Let 'em sing, let 'em sing


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"Empire (Let Them Sing)" as written by Lee David Malia Jordan Keith Attwood Fish

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    General Commenti was at the concert tonight and oli said that this song is about relapse. he didnt say anything about what it is a relapse to, but i guess it applies to anything.

    "its the start of the end, surrender the throne"
    - I'm guessing this means its like starting again, (whether this be drugs, self harm..etc) but also ending things such as happiness, or health. Relapsing is starting on a path to deterioration. Surrender your proudness and happiness of getting so far, i.e the throne.

    "We've been surrounded, by vicious cycles. And we're truly alone"
    -Its a cycle, always coming back to relapsing. Also you may feel like you have nobody to turn to for help or comfort, alone.

    I dont know, the rest you can figure out yourself im tired, been thrown around mosh pits all night haaa
    morganfleuron November 05, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"It's all metaphorical. When you listen to it, it sounds like a man who thinks he's the ruler of an empire and could never be defeated, but he's on the brink of being defeated. It gives the feeling of people barricaded behind castle walls. It's about relapse and getting defeated again but not seeing the writing on the wall. " Oliver Sykes :) hope that helped
    malekmalshion October 30, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti dont know, i feel hes fighting his faith in god - saying evil is knocking on his door tempting him etc etc
    mikeykon April 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe wolves are at my door
    But I can't see the writing on the walls

    I've been wondering for a long time what this would mean,
    i understand the whole song,
    i see what he means with the wolves at his door,
    but what do the writings on the wall have to do with it?
    it says 'BUT' so i wonder what he means with it
    Femheroon June 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentBMTH never complements christianity in his songs. This would mean that he would instead be bringing across a fault in their system. "The wolves are at my door"- would suggest that they are threatening to him (wolves) this is a strange term since christians are often reffered to as the lambs however it is also effective in explaining how they were forceful, brutal and never stopped in the past. "Let them sing" would suggest charols or perhaps preaching, he is saying that he'll let them carry on but he will never let his 'empire fall' ("the wolves are at my door, waiting for my empire to fall) meaning he won't listen, he doesn't care what they say("I don't care"). "We've been surrounded by vicious cycles"- would reffer to the brutality in the past and the somewhat threatening pose they have today including their so-called 'mishaps' in safety, sexual crimes and the such. And lastly "so call it the end and we're truly alone"- reffers to the constant fear of the end when it never happens and the second part of the quote would most probably be his own thoughts on the matter being that he believes there is no god.
    Katerina981on August 20, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about Christianity. It's about how God turns his face to people who don't accept him.

    I hear them clawing at the gates
    "Let us in, let us in"
    I hear them calling out my name
    (I don't care)

    I think it's pretty obvious this is the gates of heaven. The people who want in are people who died not believing in him. And the whole part about "let them sing" is stressing that God just doesn't care what they say.

    "The blood on my hands covered the holes"
    Another remark about Christianity. Oli is saying he's a "sinner"


    I think the whole purpose of this song is to point out how stubborn Christianity is and question the believability of an elitist religion (ex. "we're all sinners, but only people who believe in God can get into heaven).
    Miscfuon November 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis doesn't really make so much sense, but I've always thought that the person in the song starts hearing voices. For example:

    "We've been surrounded, by vicious cycles"

    "I hear them clawing at the gates
    "Let us in, let us in"
    I hear them calling out my name
    (I don't care)"

    and also the phrase

    "Let them sing".

    The theory about God makes much more sense, but when I heard this song for the first time, that was what I heard.
    Mikaela120on May 02, 2014   Link
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    General CommentJesus Dying for your Sin's is Bullshit, "the Blood On my hands covered the hole" Crucified and rip himself off the cross, the Wolves the roman empire the Vatican religion are the world telling you how the fuck to get to heaven. We rather not go to your heaven. We like Black Tims and Black hoodies.
    ruben10000on October 23, 2014   Link
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    Song Factas said in the first comment, the song is about relapse. For those of you who don't know, Oli sykes was struggling with a ketamine addiction prior to writing the album "Sempiternal" so it really is a fitting topic to draw inspiration from in his case.
    mantasticoon October 29, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it is generally talking about judgement day and people who are damned to hell.
    "The deeper you dig, the darker it gets. There's nowhere else for us to go". These lyrics are referring to hell.
    someoneisknockinon December 23, 2014   Link

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