we got desperate waiting for our chance to come
i got drunk you got high
you would not let your eyes

we got desperate waiting for our chance to come
i got drunk you got high
you would not raise your eyes

cop cars on every corner
we're all alone
cop cars on every corner
we're crawling home

cop cars on every corner
we're all alone
cop cars on every corner
we're crawling home

take these hands and throw them in the river
take these hands and throw them in the river
take these hands and throw them in the river
take these hands and
bury them in your hands
bury them in your hands
bury them in your hands
bury them in your hands


Lyrics submitted by BonzoESC

Take These Hands and Throw Them in the River song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentI am guessing that this song is about how useless you become to "the cause" (in this band's case, the cause would be general social change that would end with anarchism) by both impairing yourself with drugs (you could be using your time for activism and the like is what I see it to be saying) and/or putting yourself at risk of being jailed, which would basically suspend you from the "revolutionary" process.

    still, death to sXe. it makes me want to puke.
    rosshahahaon September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line should be:

    We got desparate waiting for our cheques to come
    I got drunk, you got high
    You would not raise your eyes
    bootuon February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the best song i have ever heard in my life, i dont know what its about, but all i know is i cant stop listening to it
    tyboisfunon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreatest song ever.
    eveliencon August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA-fucking-men rosshahaha
    tyboisfunon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta beautiful song
    angina_callson June 21, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe title of the song is taken from the book "King Leopold's Ghost". To give some context, Leopold was a Belgian king who enslaved African people of the Congo for slave labour in the rubber industry - and the practice of cutting off hands and throwing them in the river. The book ties up with a chilling description of how Leopold's ghost still haunts our modern world... in government buildings and police stations.
    I assume Menuck is relating this concept of the looming presence of long-gone tyrants to the inescapable tyranny of the modern day.
    JigsawPieceson February 08, 2015   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain