They were raining from the sky
Exploding in my heart
Is this a love in disguise
Or just a form of modern art


From the skies you could almost hear them cry
Tora Tora Tora
In the town they were going down
Tora Tora Tora


I had a nightmare only yesterday
You played a skeleton
You took my love then died that day
I played an American


From the skies you can almost hear them cry
Tora! Tora! Tora!
In the town they were going down
Tora! Tora! Tora!


I played an American




By Fistan Majere


Lyrics submitted by Fistan


Tora! Tora! Tora! song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment"Tora" = "Tiger" in Japanese.
    "Tora! Tora! Tora!" was the code signal for the Japanese bombers of Pearl Harbor, during World War II.
    AgentOrenon March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about deception. I think it is specifically about the potentials and suspicions around Pearl Harbour.(Tora,tora,tora - anonymous attack).

    It is not clear who was the intended benefactor, at Pearl Harbour. There is still controversy about the why of Pearl Harbour.

    Was the Emperor attempting to tip the balance (all leaders hate war, they just want victory, or failur), or was America looking for a way in?
    FrankSzon January 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song !
    xl5ronon June 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMartin's first work recorded with Depeche Mode. It's a very interesting introduction that paved the way to a very brilliant career indeed.

    AgenOren paints a very interesting picture of it...

    "I played an American..."
    mopo976on July 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTora also means 'now' in Greek....
    interpolarityon August 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter "Speak and Spell", Vince Clarke left the band to pursue other musical avenues (Yazoo, Erasure), leaving Martin Gore to handle most of the songwriting duties on DM's album #2, "A Broken Frame"--including this cleverly seductive tune about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, of course, with that hooky chant, "I played an American" at the end...very cool!
    pharmageekon September 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhoops, my bad...this was on "Speak and Spell"!
    (Please tell me this slip was not one of those "senior moments"--I maybe over 40 now; plus the "midlife crises" are enough to cope with at the moment!! :P )
    pharmageekon September 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems so strange that Martin would write a song about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. For some odd reason or other this song really reminds me of an UFO encounter-being analogized to the Pearl Harbor bombing.
    Sozlukon January 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought the same thing. The music sounds alien as well. I personally take this song to mean a UFO, even though I know it's not, I just like to think that.
    MagentaMSIon July 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure, this is about war.
    DisguiseDKon September 05, 2008   Link

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