"Northern Lights" as written by and Jared Leto....
Don't ever take a single second to breathe,
They're gonna send me on a murdering spree.
I can not wait to dance upon your grave.
They don't even have a soul left to be saved.
You would eat your young.

We swam among the northern lights,
And hid beyond the edge of night
Waiting for the dawn to come,
And sang a song to save us all.

Hey, oh, oh, you want a holy war?
Hey, oh, oh, you want a holy war?

I am alive, I'm just playing dead.
I'm gonna say what should have never been said.
The giants of the world are crashing down.
The end is near, I hear the trumpets sound.
You would eat your young.

We swam among the northern lights,
And hid beyond the edge of night
Waiting for the dawn to come,
And sang a song to save us all.

You would eat your young.
You would eat your young.
You would eat your young.
You would eat your young.

I am alive, I'm just playing dead.
I am alive, I'm just playing dead.

[x2]
We swam among the northern lights,
And hid beyond the edge of night
Waiting for the dawn to come,
And sang a song to save us all.


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    My InterpretationI think this song is about holy wars, in particular the First Crusade that happened back long ago.

    "Don't ever take a single second to breathe,
    They're gonna send me on a murdering spree."
    This part is very literal in a sense that the Roman Catholic church sent many of its capable men on a murdering spree to go kill people of other religions that wouldn't convert. The part saying don't take a second to breathe means don't get comfortable, because work must be done for the church.

    "I can not wait to dance upon your grave."
    Most of the people were on board with the holy crusade and were eager to reclaim the holy lands and stop the enemy under their god.

    "They don't even have a soul left to be saved."
    Once again, most of them believed that the ones who believed in another god and not in Christ were mislead and could not be saved.

    "You would eat your young."
    This recurring line makes me think of it as statement towards how people treated their devotion of faith which was distorted by the church. Saying that they would eat there young if their church asked for it. (I don't think this means literally eat, but in the stance of killing them or sacrifice them for the church and their god.)

    "We swam among the northern lights,"
    And hid beyond the edge of night
    Waiting for the dawn to come,
    And sang a song to save us all."
    According to text's: the northern lights were a celestial call that the roman catholic church interpreted as the time to reclaim the holy lands and go to war. They hid in the darkness to do there dark deeds for there god, waiting for the dawn to come meaning waiting for the war and fighting to be over, and the song to save us all was there way of telling themselves what there doing was justified, and that they would enter eternal life for this.
    "Hey, oh, oh, you want a holy war?"
    Biggest evidence I think this is about the crusades.

    "I am alive, I'm just playing dead.
    I'm gonna say what should have never been said."
    As the wars progressed, most people who did the senseless killing felt empty and they thought they were the walking dead even though they are alive. Most showed regret and remorse for their actions and wish they could take their initial actions and feelings back.

    "The giants of the world are crashing down.
    The end is near, I hear the trumpets sound."
    The giants were the relics (statues, palaces, etc.) of false gods came crashing down once the christian reclaim the cities back. The giants could also be the idea of the false gods themselves as well. After all said and done and the first crusade ended, many rejoiced seeing that they thought there mission was done and the trumpets could be sounded declaring victory.

    I could be very wrong, but I think it makes since that this song is about the crusades and holy wars in general and how faith has been misguided and used as a weapon of self interest. The song uses the holy first crusade as an example of what they can do to people. Let me know what you guy think :)
    AlexJb97on February 04, 2017   Link
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    My Interpretationfirst of all, the correct lyrics are "you would eat your young." i know, it's hard to believe and hard to see the symbolism in a phrase like this, and at first i thought it was strange too, but once i got it, it clicked. i think this song is an outright battle cry to pedophiles. i don't know if any of the band members were abused as children or if they are just speaking out for those who were, but it makes sense to me.

    "they don't even have a soul left to be saved" is another line that i didn't understand at first but that makes more sense if you think about child abuse/rape. when you rape a child, it's as if you literally steal their soul. it is a horrible atrocity that unfortunately happens a lot, and i think this song is calling it out and shedding light on it. fortunately there IS hope for healing from child abuse and rape, but this song is just more focused on the rage that comes from it.

    also, the political and war references are easy to see. i think this song has multiple meanings - child abuse, as well as political abuses, and on top of that, possibly the war in iraq, terrorists, etc. the middle eastern sound is the main thing that makes me think that, but i know they were overseas for much of the creation of this album, so that could have influenced the sound too. i think this song has many layers and that's what makes it great. whatever you get from it, it is undeniably a powerful song.
    KeroseneFireon August 03, 2013   Link

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