"In the Colosseum" as written by and Tom Waits....
Our women all control their men
With razors and with wrists
And the Princess squeezes grape juice
On a torrid bloody kiss
What will you be wearing there
The lion or the raven hair?
The flesh will all be tearing
But the tail will be my own
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight

This one's for the balcony
And this one's for the floor
As the senators decapitate
The presidential whore
The bald headed senators
Are splashing in the blood
The dogs are having someone
Who is screaming in the mud
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight

Now it's raining and it's pouring
On the pillaging and goring
The constable is swinging
From the chains
For the dead there is no story
No memory, no blame
Their families shout blue murder
But tomorrow it's the same
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum, call 'em as they see 'em
In the Colosseum tonight

A slowly acting poison
Will be given to the favorite one
The dark horse will bring glory
To the jailer and his men
It's always much more sporting
When there's families in the pit
And the madness of the crowd
Is in an epileptic fit
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum, they call 'em as they see 'em
In the Colosseum tonight

No justice here; no liberty
No reason, no blame
There's no cause to taint the sweetest taste of blood
And the greetings from the nation
As we shake the hands of time
They're taking their ovations
The vultures stay behind!
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum, in the Colosseum
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum tonight
In the Colosseum tonight


Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General Commenthe is talking about us, as a nation...
    we are the ones in the colosseum
    rogue8zon May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt certainly feels like it at times.

    "we're all kind of marooned in this place where information and ideas become very abstract, but yet the hyena is still tearing at the flesh."- Tom Waits about this song.

    Yeah, he's saying actions speak louder than words, and while politicians fight with words and try to change things with ideas, we are being shot, stabbed, beat up, carjacked and robbed. They won't raise the minimum wage, they won't reform low-income locations, it's like they're the spectators who say "let's kill the poor but make it look like they're killing each other".
    Shep420on July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely more about America than Rome. The giveaway is the line about the "presidential whore" - Rome had emperors, not presidents. Great song, but not for the squeamish, you can hear the catarrh rattling in his lungs.
    morbid moragon October 27, 2008   Link

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