I can't help it
If all the world is ending
All the life is gone
Why're you calling out this name?
Where are the Americans?

Your dimmed conscience
Your hands and eyes that wander
Stumbling down the road
Or collapsing on parade

Or lying alone in the eastern light
Sleeping in the morning hours

The only sound
From the lantern-covered hills
The only light
From the day yet to begin
The only signs
Of the guns in silhouette
The only sound
The only light
Only, only!

Our dull silence
Our disconnected lives
Pull out the lightning dust
At the mention of his name

Whither the Americans?

Shake the memories out
Hide the evidence under
Piss on the world below
Like a dog that knows his name

Where are the Americans?
All calling on their own tonight
Filling the remaining hours

And the only sounds
Are the bells up on the hill
The only lights
Are the lanterns in the wind
The only sign
Skims the rust off of the rails
The only sound
The only light
Only, only!

The only light
Is the day yet to begin
The only signs
Of the lives in silhouette
The only sound
Is the rushing of the wind
The only life
Is not the only life
Only, only!

Only, only!
Only, only
Only, only


Lyrics submitted by drummmar, edited by CoyoteLongshot, discriminant

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    My InterpretationI'm not sure what the video or the song is supposed to mean, and I like it that way! But some stabs.

    I don't want to read too much into the video. But to me it hints at the idea that America will not be run by white men forever, and entertains the idea that maybe the systems they built while they were in control may not turn out well for them. There is some gleeful schadenfreude to it, to my eyes, but also anxiety and regret that replacing the rulers of the world won't automatically make it a kinder place.

    My reading of the song is that, as much as some of us look forward to the diminution of American supervision of geopolitics (including me), we're also anxious that America turning inwards will not, and maybe this is a theme, automatically make the world a better place. Just a conflicted, unhappy contemplation of the disasters at both ends of the spectrum, and a despair whether a positive place in the middle can be found.

    Catchy song, for all that!
    inverarityon January 30, 2016   Link

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