we wish so hard to be seen
and pray at night to be heard
and yet we have nothing to show
but false words and broken dreams

I'm the figurehead on the ship of fools
a beacon for the liars in the dark
I'm the first and the last
I claim this land
I'm the lost and the hungry
I need this land

The inescapable face of truth
spins my head again
disturbingly unable to stand back
I'm going down

the undeniable sense of wonder
kicks my head in
disturbingly unable to escape
I dive to drown

we want so hard to be true
and claim the right to be good
and yet we never seem to know
how to reach promised lands

we work so hard to be wise
and dream of light to be pure
we need brighter death to grow
the clean touch of virgin hands

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Figurehead song meanings
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    General Comment(this) world will never be perfect

    P.S. by the way Covenant songwriter speak for yourself "inescapable face of truth". as i wrote I just realitied you are.... a few lines later you say we. why are you using your lighthouse to shine out a beam of sorrow? You can beat it! Or don't tell me it's "Come in here dear boy have a cigar, your'e gonna go far"-
    laughing at us all?

    P.P.S."nothing to show but false words?"
    globalon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentStrange one. I think it's about a person who knows his/her weaknesses as well as the weaknesses of people in general. Perhaps it means that we are all in the same boat? A ship led by a two-faced figurehead? Is the figurehead to blame for getting lost or is it the crew that allows their confusion to lead them to their doom? Is there a difference between "I" and "us" at all?

    The "brighter death" may also refer to the nihilism and harsh neo-darwinism of the Swedish band "Brighter Death Now". Or simple karma. To die in brightness may be a way to get a new chance. Metaphorically speaking.
    brainiac-5on July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentReligion, specifically organized religion, and awakening from that dream. That's all I've got for now.
    MermaidGazeon October 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's almost like an anthem for the US. Trying so hard to be a good force in the world but failing again and again.
    SciBoyon April 09, 2008   Link

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