"Chanbara" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
Valmara valmara valmara flechettes
Kiss me with the lisp
Of your shrapnel caress
Lost this arm lost this leg

Lost this diving board
Just a belly flopped proposal
Of lets be friends
Tour de force defacto ayuchuco tour de force

Prosthetic prosthetic prosthetic blemish
Necro is the velcro on the charred appendage
Carterize solder gun in the melting of seeds
Oh dear god what a tangled web we weave

Tour de force defacto ayuchuco tour de force
All we are, are failed attempts
Propelled by stilt leg presidents
Incarcerate the mason fence

Like flechettes flechettes flechettes
I'm not biting the lead my pencils broken again
We will fill in the blanks
Or I can cheat off you test

Flechettes flechettes


Lyrics submitted by cbennett

"Chanbara" as written by Jim Ward Cedric Bixler

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  • +1
    General Commentall i know is this reminds me of some star wars game that had a flechette gun, and defacto is the name of a dub reggae band that cedric and omar are in.
    atdicomebackon June 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta valmara is a kind of proximity mine,
    flechettes are french for darts,
    chanbara is a martial art like kendo,
    and ayachuco is a place in peru.
    inlieuon June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentflechettes are missiles
    6 to 8on June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song may refer to the repeated attempts (and successes) of the United States government to exert its political will in Central America.
    "Stilt-leg presidents", "i'm not biting the lead my pencil's broken again
    we will fill in the blanks
    or i can cheat off your test"- a possible reference to election rigging.
    nacho1on July 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, I used to have my own interpretation of this song, but the clandestine South American diplomacy idea really takes the cake. That truly makes sense of things.
    catacuacheon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow do you pronouce the title?
    is it like 'can, baarah' or 'canbah-ra'?
    godsendconspiratoron March 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh, i didn't notice until now that it has "defacto" in the lyrics, a side project of at the drive-in (which is still together by the way)
    a scar in the skyon June 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentde facto is a legal reference as well
    NegativeNeveron May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentde facto means in reality...like during the time of segregation in the US, laws were put in to stop segregation, but de facto segregation still occured (in reality, segregation was still taking place as laws can't always deter the mindsets of the people)
    rascuacheon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit may very well be about south america, but you cant really ignore the romantic (dare i say emo?) connotations in the song as well. "kiss me with lisp", "proposal of let's be friends", "what a tangled web we weave". the south america theory makes sense though. hm.
    quadriplegicon September 17, 2004   Link

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