We pierced the side of the idol
With the sharpened neck of an electric guitar
Bottled the water from the wound
Holy relic- the essence of star
But what does she care, it's just another blank stare
To a world that loves and hates you on a dare
Where the orphans ask the widows the meaning of 'fair'
So let this be a drink to quench this uncontrollable thirst
Tie the belt a notch tighter around anxious hearts set to burst
And when this once at least gilded cage has been
Stripped bare of flesh cold and numb
What have you done, Mark David Chapman?

Let all the desperate hours of boredom
Lead you to some meaning of truth
Bumps and bruises and notebooks for heaven's jury as proof
The emotions were shrink wrapped, sold as scraps
Choose any scene from the vending machine
Somewhere lost in the night, a satellite transmitted dream
Industrial revolutions of the soul interchangeable hearts it's manufacturing
If we wear out each other it's o.k., just go buy another
So let this be a drink to calm the shaking hands that you've found
Let this be release, forever unwound.


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    General CommentAbout John Lennon's Death or his killer???
    Torontokid87on August 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song and band. they are a local band and its cool to live where they live. this song is great. i always listen to it. the cd madonna is so gnarly
    ...AllStarMe...on September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsome kid i know who listens to the misfits said he hated this band because they had a cool name but wasted it by "not singing about death". man that kid's an idiot. on a different note, these guys are fucking awesome. and this song has sex with my musical tastes. and you will know them by the trail of nodding heads.
    magnifikoon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the pervasive power of music, rock especially. every line is a testament to the sheer beauty of rock. the line "what have you done, Mark David Chapman?" is obviously referencing the assassination of Lennon, and symbolically characterizing it as a tragedy of rock n' roll. keely is very poetic and subversive throughout the song, but the connections to music creating such a catharsis in people is clear.

    "So let this be a drink to calm the shaking hands that you've found. Let this be release, forever unwound."
    intrepidtraveleron June 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmm. this song has great meaning considering how much music is such a big impact on many peoples lives. tod rocks.
    aywkubttod16on December 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmadonna=perfection
    noisetothetapeon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song.
    paintsyourmirroron August 22, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"some kid i know who listens to the misfits said he hated this band because they had a cool name but wasted it by "not singing about death"."

    but they do sing about death
    repbigkton April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"keely is very poetic and subversive throughout the song, but the connections to music creating such a catharsis in people is clear"

    correction my dear, neil is the one who sings this song.
    noisetothetapeon May 31, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionChapman was another lost soul mesmerized by the satellite transmitted dream of rock stardom. In killing Lennon, his obsession was consummated, but his part in helping to erect a legacy can't be denied.

    Mark David Chapman deified John Lennon.
    sdjustinron October 09, 2015   Link

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