I always thought, always thought, that there was something different, setting us apart
That I was led, I was led by men with sober minds and sympathetic hearts
I swore an oath, swore an oath, but never knew just what it was to take a life
To play at God, play at God across such distances and from so great a height

But I am never sure who I am killing
How many innocents were in the building?
I drop death out of the...
No longer human beings, no longer people
Just targets on a screen, none of it's real
I drop death out of the sky...
Tell me why

One day they sent, one day they sent me to the chaplain when I said I can't go on
But all he said, all he said was just to shut my mouth and do the will of God

But I am never sure who I am killing
How many innocents were in the building?
I drop death out of the...
No longer human beings, no longer people
Just targets on a screen, none of it's real
I drop death out of the sky...
Tell me why

Tell me why...
To make us safe, so it would seem
But we shoot further than we dream
Can’t we see? We only justify
Someone’s resolve to rise against
And to avenge the innocent
And defend the ones that still survive

I'm still asking why


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  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song can just speak for itself. It's from the perspective of a bomber pilot, bombing buildings full of "insurgents/terrorists/bad guys". But how many innocents were in the building? This is a song about the conscience of someone sent to kill for our clearly not sympathetic or sober minded leaders. Interestingly enough, even though Kensrue is Christian, he is pointing out, in the chaplain bit, how Christian conservatives often justify and defend killing and war. This song also outlines how impersonal and dehumanizing killing our woefully outgunned opponents with a bomb from the sky can be.
    Fr1dgeon June 02, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI think it's likely that he's specifically talking about drone pilots in this song.
    "playing god across this distance"
    "Just targets on the screen"
    "we shoot further than we dream"

    So the song is basically a drone pilot questioning the morality of bombing people from the other side of the world.
    ac_lerokon June 05, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs others have said, this is about a guy searching his conscience as he carries out orders to bomb targets in far-off lands.

    But the last stanza hit home for me. I'm a non-interventionist, which means that I think toppling governments and picking sides in regional conflicts often have the opposite outcome from what is wanted. It helps radicalize the people we are attacking.

    Dustin is talking about that in a very eloquent way:

    "Can’t we see? We only justify
    Someone’s resolve to rise against
    And to avenge the innocent
    And defend the ones that still survive"

    Wow.
    LibertyMarkon December 21, 2016   Link

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