"Gravedigger" as written by and Daniel Joseph Searle Alex Anthony Dean....
An iron fist in a velvet glove
Another vulture posing as a dove
Do you have no shame? Look at what you've become
You are the reason we are bitter and then some!
Bitter and then some!

They sing of saviours, we sing of sorrow.
But we're still holding on, for dear life.

You sold us all down the river
I hope you choke on the vows that you failed to deliver
You said you'd change the world, but death still flies east
The blind lead the blind, so we bomb for peace

Gravedigger, there's blood on your hands
You built this empire on salt and sand
Not all is fair in love and war
History repeats, we've seen this all before

We've given the vampires the keys to the blood bank
They say the more things change, the more they stay the same
Whilst the liars leech, the crooked preach
So lie through your teeth, lie like you mean it,
It beggars belief, do you really think that we still fucking believe it?
You fucking parasite!

There's no room in here for an honest man, only callous and cold hearts!

Gravedigger, there's blood on your hands.
You built this empire on salt and sand.
Not all is fair in love and war.
History repeats we've seen it all before

Oppressor, you built this empire on salt and sand.
Oppressor, you built this empire on salt and sand...

An iron fist in a velvet glove
Another vultue posing as a dove
Do you have no shame? Look at what you've become!
You are the reason we are bitter and then some!
Bitter and then some!

They sing of saviours, we sing of sorrow.
But we're still holding on, for dear life.


Lyrics submitted by Defsanj, edited by AdamArtz

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    Song MeaningTom Searle on the song's meaning: "Lyrically, it's about living in a democracy where every election you vote for what you deem to be positive change, campaigns like Obama's message of 'Hope', the election comes and goes and nothing changes, it's about the illusion of political choice."
    moosedyon April 22, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI interpret this to be about casualties in war, talking to people who make the decisions -
    "Gravedigger, there's blood on your hands" - This seems to me a direct attack, saying that people who make the decision to go to war may as well dig the graves themselves as they are responsible for all the death so the blood is on their hands.
    "An iron fist in a velvet glove" - again, big decisions are being made (iron fist) in the same way and strategy as less shocking decisions (the "velvet glove")
    "Death still flies east". This backs it up as most wars happening currently involve british troops flying east, i,e. Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, etc.
    "We bomb for peace" - how ironic.
    crswritaon June 21, 2014   Link

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