It came from the skies
It burst throught the gates
With no mercy or disguise
With their hearts set out in flames
I know I've seen the master plan

Well I'm just a man
I'm not giving in
All the people understand
For they all fell down and prayed
I know I've seen the master plan

They've killed the president
They've killed the president

It came from the skies
In all shades of green
We can always justify
We can measure up your dreams
I know I've seen the master plan

They've killed the president
They've killed the president
They've killed the president
They've killed the president
They've killed the president
They've killed the president
I'm just a man


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    General Commentum, does this have something to do with the 60s? Perhaps all the talk of bursting thru the gates with no mercy or diguise and hearts set out in flames is dealing with a generation of people in a type of social revolution. hmmmm, perhaps the "killed the president" is used to as a landmark to reference to a time period. master plan, seeing out things are, ah, who knows, my first impressions
    tekwatcheron March 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song has nothing to do with an american president. drugstore's a british band (i hope we all knew that), and this song deals with the american involvement in chile a few decades ago. here's what drugstore's lead singer said about what went on there:
    “Chile is a very tiny country, very insignificant, because it doesn’t really have that many resources, but somehow, around the ’70s they arrived at a democracy, and Salvador Allende was elected democratically. He was a socialist man with a lot of integrity, and wasn’t even, like, revolutionary or anything. He just wanted the poor to have land to work on. The Americans had some 12, 13 companies in the country, they still do. But I think it was beyond the companies, it was more a question of keeping the status quo. Because if Chile becomes a democracy, what about the next door neighbour? How about the next one to that? And the whole balance of the world possibly would have changed. So they teamed up with the army and generated one the of the most cruel, horrific military coups in the whole history of Latin America."
    Salvador is the man that this song is about. it's a great song with great inspiration behind it. drugstore rocks.
    bosco9on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think

    "It came from the skies
    In all shades of green"

    refers to the CIA-backed coup itself, where British Hawk attack jets were used to bomb the presidential palace. Allende died trying to defend his government. His US-approved replacement was General Pinochet, later indited for crimes against humanity.
    bijazon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think

    "It came from the skies
    In all shades of green"

    refers to the CIA-backed coup itself, where British Hawk attack jets were used to bomb the presidential palace. Allende died trying to defend his government. His US-approved replacement was General Pinochet, later indited for crimes against humanity.
    bijazon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"We can measure up your dreams
    I know I've seen the master plan"


    lyric god.
    exquisite melody.
    and kudos to female voice.
    musik for the soul.on June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe coup happened on 9/11, that is the 11th of September 1973. The other 9/11.
    matthewsheffieldon July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the previous post saying that it is a song about west backed coups, all shades of green being camouflage, and what was coming from the skies where military advisers, the fighter jets, and bombs.
    Chilean coup of nineteen seventy-three was a western backed way to remove the president Allende, a socialist from office. It began with rebels bombing the presidential offices with British-made Hawk Hunter fighter jets. Soon the presidential offices where besieged, Allende refused to surrender, and addressed the nation for a last time, and killed himself (The junta officially declared that he committed suicide with a machine gun, generally presumed to be the machine gun given to him by Fidel Castro, and an autopsy labeled his death as suicide). Some still insist he was murdered by Pinochet's military forces while defending the palace. Shortly after Army Commander-in-Chief Augusto Pinochet came in to power where he remain until the year nineteen ninety. September eleventh of nineteen hundred and seventy three is considered by many as the day that democracy died in Chile. Nixon and the national security advisor discussed the coup, it point towards US involvement.
    Davin Baconon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentvery nice melody with thom yorke attitude.i like his childish voice in this song
    venusinvelveton February 23, 2007   Link

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