"To Awake and Avenge the Dead" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
Old friend, they told me you were dead
The news broadcast, The funeral
500 channels focus in
Your love was
Ravished, drawn, and quartered
The soil was swift to drink her blood
This violence in the name of love!

But I still feel you,
Despite your tombstone,
But I still feel you,
Despite your tombstone,
So friend you must still walk among us,
In places we don't dare to glance
I saw you killing Aristotle
But I know its all part of the plan.

Old friend, they told me you were dead
The news broadcast, The funeral
500 channels focus in
Your love was
Ravished, drawn, and quartered
The soil was swift to drink her blood
This violence in the name of love!

Old friend, they told me you were dead
The news broadcast, The funeral
500 channels focus in
Your love was
Ravished, drawn, and quartered
The soil was swift to drink her blood
This violence,
This violence,
This violence in the name of love!

To awake and avenge the dead,
To awake and avenge the dead,
To awake and avenge the dead.


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"To Awake and Avenge the Dead" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General Commentwtf is moosh? because I like moshin... but i don't moosh too often ;P
    ibejocoolon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI wrote this 10 years ago and then people started talking about 9/11 (even thought it predates 9/11) and Princess Diana, so I'll say it again. Dustin wrote it about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance, using that novel's main character as an analogy for the lack of faith, and the lack of credence given to those of faith, by millennial US enamored with scientific progress, the separation of the cult of the body over the life of the mind, and the tenets of dualism as set out by Aristotle. ZATAOMM is about an individual who, after experiencing a philosophical revelation pertaining to Western dualism as initiated by Aristotle that would, if widely heard and understood, would fundamentally and ontologically change the nature of global consciousness, is treated as a schizophrenic and electro-shocked into a state of amnesia w/r/t his aforementioned revelation. The book depicts his memory returning, along with the urgent import of the ideas which were essentially snuffed out in an act of cultural suppression. That is what this song is about, end of story.
    fadetoflasheson January 27, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about how people who are loved never really die. "so friend u must still walk among us, in places we dont dare to glance."
    our friends and family will always be in our hearts
    -_punk_-on April 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti just saw thirce live and this is by far the best live song and it is their closing...TO....AWAKE....AND.....AVENGE THE DEAD!!!!
    DeAdBoLton May 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti could be completely wrong but well here goes...

    to understand it, the song is probably about a generalization, but lets apply it to a set context
    putting this song into context of september 11th:

    old friend they told me you were dead
    the news broadcast the funeral

    that day our innocence and sense of invincibility was lost and we lost many whom we loved, it was all over the news

    your love was
    ravished drawn and quartered
    the soil was swift to drink her blood
    this violence in the name of love

    the love we felt for the victims was turned to hate against those who had carried out the act and thus was ravished from pure love to hatred. When we bombed Afghanistan which had nothing to do with the attack, albeit a horrible government with economic ties to terrorists, we turned this love into violence against people who had as little to do with the attack as those in our country

    but i still feel you
    despite your tombstone
    but i still feel you
    despite your tombstone

    but we still remember the innocence we lost and the loved ones who perished and how once we had love instead of hate

    so friend you must still walk among us
    in places we don’t dare to glance
    i saw you killing Aristotle
    i know its all part of the plan

    so now their memories stay with us, a seat of love which has turned to ahte which we do not wish to glance at. This hate killed aristotle, destroyed logic, all part of the diabolical scheme of hate to pit humans against other humans

    this violence, this violence, this violence in the name of love
    TO….AWAKE….AND …. AVENGE THE DEAD!
    TO….AWAKE….AND …. AVENGE THE DEAD!

    and this violence which tarnished that love was all to avenge the dead

    well maybe im wrong but ive tried to make sense of this song and that so far makes the most sense to me someone tell me to shut up if im way off
    pravdawglerzon May 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS SOO COOL TO MOOSH TO!!! I LOVE 2 MOOSH TO ALL THRICE SONGS!!!!
    danger zoneon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpravd you are wrong...me and my firend talked to dustin about this song at a thrice concert and he said the song is all about reason...as simple as that
    DeAdBoLton May 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyah makes sense... killing aristotle, who is like the historical manifestation of traditional reasoning... but is it about how during war we abandon reason... cuz it talks about violence in the name of love... i dunno ive always been trying to make sense of this song thanks for checkin it out tho
    pravdawglerzon June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthaha.. oh man..
    my friend started a hardcore-ish band called Killing Aristotle.. it makes an awesome band name.
    we chilled with Dustin at their last show here, and we told him about it.. he thinks its awesome.. and he even took my friends number so they can check em out in the fall when they go on tour again.. rock! Dustin rools.
    FailingBeautyon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentirvines had some pretty good bands
    pravdawglerzon June 14, 2002   Link

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