"Brill Bruisers" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
Out on the waves
Over the railing asking the crowd
Send you back
To stage its sail it's sailing away
They left behind
Looking for searchlights leading the charge
The mass appeal
To brilliant bruisers taking the wheel

And the sea was alright and it was alright, it's
It's all we know now to never go back

Now the grenade
And it's seconds before the bang
Wanted to keep
Much of that leader of your gang
Born at the hearts
Of brilliant bruisers where we find them
And 'til we do
We'll have to drift until we find them

And the sea was alright
And it was alright, it's
It's all we know now to never go back

With the junkyard science
To hang on
And do a bang-on
Impression
Will young sorrow
It's tied in
Firing of the sirens
Go in fighting
To crying
The rising star dying
Of this own virus
It's tied in
The firing of the sirens

And the sea was alright
And it was alright, it's
And now we know how to never go back
And the sea was alright
Yes it was alright, it's
It's all we know now to never go back


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"Brill Bruisers" as written by Carl Allan Newman

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    General CommentWell, I've been trying to post the correct lyrics for a few weeks with no success, so, for anyone interested in knowing what's actually being sung:

    Out on the waves,
    Over the railing, asking the crowd
    To send you back
    To stage instead of sailing away
    They* left behind, looking for searchlights leading the charge
    The mass appeal
    To brilliant bruisers taking the wheel

    And the sea was all lighters, it was all lighters
    It’s how we know, now, to never go back

    Like a grenade
    I have mere seconds before the bang
    Wanted to keep
    My job as the leader of your gang
    Wanted the hearts
    Of brilliant bruisers, where do we find them?
    Until we do, we’ll have to drift until we divine them

    And the sea was all lighters, it was all lighters
    It’s how we know, now, to never go back

    With the junkyard science
    To hang on
    We do a bang on impression
    Of the young sorrow
    It’s tied in, the firing of the sirens
    Going from fighting, to crying, to rising star dying
    From its* own virus
    It’s tied in, the firing of the sirens

    And the sea was all lighters, it was all lighters
    And now we know how to never go back
    And the sea was all lighters, it was all lighters
    That’s how we know, now, to never go back


    *not 100% certain of these words
    bravelyon September 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentHere's my best guess:

    Out on a wave
    Over the railing asking the crowd
    To send you back to stage instead of sailing away
    They're left behind
    The bruisers' searchlights leading the charge
    The mass appeal
    The brilliant bruisers taking the wheel

    And the sea was all light
    To do with the light
    It's how we know now to never go back

    Lob a grenade
    And only seconds before the bang roll in to keep
    Much of that the leader of your gang hold at their hearts
    Oh brilliant bruisers, where will we find them?
    Until we do, we'll have to drift until we find them

    And the sea was all light
    To do with the light
    It's how we know now to never go back

    With the junkyard science
    To hang on
    And do a bang-on
    Impression
    Of the young sorrow
    It's tied in
    The firing of the sirens
    Go in fighting
    To crying
    The rising star dying
    Of its own virus
    It's tied in
    The firing of the sirens

    And the sea was all light
    To do with the light
    It's how we know now to never go back

    And the sea was all light
    To do with the light
    It's how we know now to never go back
    AbsurdWordson November 27, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI don't really care what the lyrics are. This song is perfect. The vocal hook is pure genius, and there's enough variation that it doesn't feel repetitive or gimmicky. Love in song form.
    sortileguson May 02, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThere's a cool podcast called "Song Exploder", and in one of the episodes they talk to Carl Newman and John Collins about the writing and recording of this song. It's definitely worth a listen, only about 12 minutes long: songexploder.net/…

    The TL;DR is basically:

    • Carl was playing around with the three chords that make up the bulk of the song, and the instrumental demo had the file titled "Rock You" ala "We Will Rock You" based on the heavy backbeat he had in mind.
    • Perhaps based on this, the lyrics ended up revolving around notions of rock stardom - "The sea was all lighters," etc.
    • I think he states that the lyric in the bridge is actually "A fire in love with sirens".

    I also end up hearing in the first verse "...send you back to stages set and sailing away", which could totally be wrong, but I like the twist on the phrases "The stage is set" and "Set sail" in a single phrase.
    knightwriteron August 30, 2016   Link

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