"Rolodex Propaganda" as written by and Cedric/hinojos Bixler....
Pinch history
Feel the pinch blistering
Pinch me in my dreams
'Cause I'm still not listening
X marks the spot
On your calendar days
A beard half eaten
Smiled
Crawling with legs
Temper tempered temperature

Manuscript replica

In infrared is how we saw
The night that lit up
Scarecrow plots
The nerve that pinches
Crippled hobbled
Frolicked flat on its own face

Jigsaw pattern
Dominoes left a trail
The whites of their eyes
Polaroids of the tale
For our amusement
We bring stares to the defendants
Mechanical panaceas
Absolved by history
Phonetic paralysis
Inflicted through morality
The seed that it nurtured
Was a wilted bouquet
Temper tempered temperature

Squirming through cuts in a throat
Cut it, cut it


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"Rolodex Propaganda" as written by Jim Ward Cedric Bixler

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    General CommentSomething about this song reminds me of a night war/battle, with innocent men, women and children watching.
    "In infrared is how we saw...", kinda' reminds me of the infrared/night vision clips of night war you see on the news frequently,
    "The night that lit up...", again, I can imagine beacons, explosives etc.
    I'm also getting the sense (If I'm correct), that it could have been some kind of operation that went wrong or "Fell flat on it's own face...".
    I might be wrong (Infact, I probably am), I dunno', but thats the feeling I get.
    Cuiydhaon September 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song is clear in a very unclear manner. It is most likely referring to night time images of a war. The referrences to history are pointing out that those who do not know thier history are doomed to repeat it. Falling flat on its own face isn't speaking of a particular battle but rather any and all wars in general. The "manuscript replica" line is referring to the way that each country or nation controls the flow of informations to its inhabitants and often only tells their side of the story
    Picket Fence Cartelon May 24, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationA Roladex has a bunch of cards in it. Similar to a toolbox but the tools would be people you look through and find the right one that suits your purpose. Propaganda.

    The first verse is about someone trying to "wake up" the singer.
    Pinch History = Look at the past
    Look at what has happened in the past, compare it to the present, can't you see the connection? Wake up and see through the bullshit.
    A Beard Half Eaten = The singers reply: I don't believe you, if that is true I'll eat my Beard(hat is the more common expression)

    Manuscript replica: Manuscript "A book, document, or other composition written by hand"
    If it is a handwritten replica then if no one is paying attention the person who is writing can add or change things as he writes.

    / in infrared is how we saw /
    We could see clearly everything that was going on
    / the night that lit up / scarecrow plots /
    A scarecrow keeps out birds. In this birds = people and the fields are the secrets being protected or misdeeds being done.


    Last verse: I see two interpretations
    The conspirators are caught and put on trial, the details of the conspiracy fall into place in a convoluted way like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

    Initially I saw the trial being a success and the defendants being labeled as the wilted bouquet, saying that the seed of morality, their values as youth, became corrupted in their idealistic pursuit of them and they chose to do anything to achieve their goals.

    I think the other interpretation is more likely now that I think of it though.

    mechanical panaceas / absolved by history /
    The defendants recite the old saying "For the greater good" and use their molested and modified history to justify their actions.


    / phonetic paralysis / inflicted through morality / the seed that it nurtured / was a wilted bouquet
    The people hearing the defendants lose their will to speak due to their agreement with the morality of the defendants. The seed of population (nurtured by the people in power who fed them lies) was a wilted bouquet.

    I think I am pretty close to understanding. Actually looking a third time I'm pretty sure this song is about clowns...


    fartsmithon November 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a damn good song...probably the second best after one armed scissor but, alas, i have no idea what its about
    Godless Dunceon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike Cuiydha, I like the idea of it being about battles, that and the effect war has on people and history.
    I still love this song 4 years later!
    Sireneon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh I see, if I can elaborate, I think it has something to do with the winners writing history. I'll add that its fairly naive to believe that wars are always won by the side of right. I think we're slowly remedying that in society, but.. that might just be because my circle of friends is fairly awake.
    Avaranton January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about finding the truth in the reprinted and revised history the government lets us see. About discovering something for yourself. "manuscript replica"- a copy of history slightly altered by those in power.
    TCutie87on January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentKickass song. I just kinda melt everytime they enter the chorus the first time, with the guitars and the keyboard sound and the "In infrared is how we saw". Best band ever? :)
    Gomer Pyleon March 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgood song
    DarkApathyon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentactually, the line "manuscript replica" is a reference to a creepy occurence that happened in new york a few years ago, its knows as the scrittore case. look it up.
    bigfatloseron July 24, 2005   Link

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