"Echelon" as written by and Jared Leto....
Look at the red, red changes in the sky
Look at the separation in the borderline
But don't look at everything here inside (here inside)
And be afraid, afraid to speak your mind

Took a moment before I lost myself in you then
Took a moment and I could not be found
Again and again and again and again
I see your face in everything
It took a moment before I lost myselfthe moment it could not be found

What's all the fascination with the Echelon?
What's with the constant questions you have this time?
What's with this circumstantial consequence? (consequence)
Find oversight before this night will ever rise again

It's all you've got inside your head
Better get a belief instead

Took a moment before I lost myself in you then
Took a moment and I could not be found
Again and again and again and again
I see your face in everything
It took a moment before I lost myselfthe moment it could not be found

To find ourselves lost here
Within we need the reasons why
So we take this bridge with the others
That will thrive in the Great Divide

Look at the red, red changes in the sky

Again and again and again and again
I see your face in everything
Again and again and again and again
I see your face in everything

Took a moment before I lost myself in you then
Took a moment and I could not be found
Again and again and again and again
I see your face in everything
It took a moment before I lost myselfthe moment it could not be found


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"Echelon" as written by Jared Leto

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    General CommentHey hey this song is great too. I’ma get to the point. This is what i think of Echelon. I think this song is about war and raging against politics.

    "Look at the red red changes in the sky" signifies the red skies during the day getting more red from hattred, war anddeath.

    "Look at the separation in the border line" how the government are communists and separate the people and not let them speak their minds.

    "But don't look at everything here inside" others in the outside world cannot see what is really happening behind closed doors.

    "And be afraid, afraid to speak your mind" the citizens are unable to speak their minds/rebel against the government and due to the consequences.

    "It took a moment before I lost myself in here" saying that it took time for one to realize what was really happening in their surroundings.

    "It took a moment and I could not be found?" they tried to look within themselves and see what is right.

    "Again and again and again and again I see your face in everything" their hate builds and builds and they cannot see anything but the faces of the government.

    "It took a moment the moment it could not be found?" their hate is so great that they would kill them right there and then but none of them are there.

    "What's with the fascination with the Echelon" they are constantly thinking of building an army or a group of protesters.

    "What's with the constant questions that you have this time" they constantly question the government’s orders and laws.

    "What's with this circumstantial consequence" why must there be such a harsh consequence from rebelling against the ways of the government and what has ever happened to free speech.

    "Find oversight before this night will ever rise again" an unintentional mistake that they must take back or their lives may be taken and they will never see the night rise again.

    "It's all you've got inside your head, better get up and leave instead" instead of fighting and risking their lives they should pack up and leave, stopping thinking of change because one person cannot change a whole government.

    In conclusion i think this song is about the people raging against the government and rebelling against the power.
    Qwertyon September 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe only reason to watch THE CORE (movie) - i was pretty disappointed in this movie and at the end they played this song - it really payed of to watch it just for this song.
    Harakirion April 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song...
    the calmish bit in between the
    'Look at the red red changes in the sky ' bit, and the Again and again and so forth bit is just orgasmic...

    mmm..
    random_monkeyon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the time that the lord called samuel, The Lord said to samuel "See, i am going to do something in Israel, It will shock those who hear about it."
    youreaveragepersonon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is my fav song on the cd
    12_Omega_21on March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probaly my favorite 30STM song. But I think it deals with him trying to get over a girl...
    barcode0000on July 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentactually this song is about war, just like QWERTY said. Echelon is an ancient word meaning 'the formation of troops in parallel divisions'.

    I think this is the most influential song on the album because it relates to the meaning behind the name of 30 seconds to mars. There's also a bit of symbolism that's seen here too. This song is basically about a battle, which is never-ending. Also Mars is the god of war in ancient mythology.
    winter_darkon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentactually this song is about war, just like QWERTY said. Echelon is an ancient word meaning 'the formation of troops in parallel divisions'.

    I think this is the most influential song on the album because it relates to the meaning behind the name of 30 seconds to mars. There's also a bit of symbolism that's seen here too. This song is basically about a battle, which is never-ending. Also Mars is the god of war in ancient mythology.
    winter_darkon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe that this song is about a couple where one of the members attached so profoundly to the other, that that person wanted them to be together forever, with nothing trying to split them apart...

    such as your gf or bf getting upset because you went out with your friends, or because you were hanging out with a member of the opposite sex...

    oh, and echelon doesn't mean wholy formation of ranks of an army, or army terms... it can also mean a ranking system... such as the man bieng the breadwinner, thus he is the top dog of the household, or vice versa... such as the president is the top echelon, and the newborns today are the base echelon... such as you go into a hotel, and ask for a floor on the 6th echelon... they'll most likely give you a hotel on the 6th floor... just make sure it's a nice hotel when you do it ;)

    I think it pretty much boils down to a girl talking to her boyfriend\husband about bieng herself again, because she doesn't like who she's become because of him... but she still loves him and wants to be with him...
    pFBon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentQwerty was closest, but theres a twist to this...

    Echelon Is/was a goverment project that supposedly ran through IM programs, E-mail, ect, to catch terrorists.

    and the more I read and listen with that in mind, the more plausible it seems. Just think about it. especually...

    "What's with the fascination with the Echelon
    What's with the constant questions that you have this time
    What's with this circumstancial consequence
    Find oversight before this night will ever rise again
    It's all you've got inside your head, better get up and leave instead"

    here and...

    "To find ourselves lost here within we need reasons why
    So we take this bridge with the other's that will thrive in the great divide"

    here. just look at the context and layout of the sentences. Qwerty was very close but there were still things foggy.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon August 14, 2005   Link

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