on silver mount zion
all buried in ruins
we was dancing the hora
until we vomited blood
spinning like crazy
Shoshanna i was jonesing
the towers had fallen
and the wind called out my grandfather's name

let's kill first the banker
with his professional demeanor
let's televise and broadcast the raping of kings
let our crowds be fed on tear gas and plate glass
'cos the people united is a wonderful thing

I know that you're dying
and I know I'm unwell
and together we sashay
through variations of hell

and as you walk through valleys of fear
the lure of my past never near

oh, don't be afraid, for the parade
will not pass our way
it's nobler to never get paid,
than to bank on shit and dismay


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    General Commentyou guys are idiots. The song is about a joyous revolution and destruction of our careless modern world. It has nothing to do with drinking or smoking. For instance the part "dancing the hora" is a Romanian and Israeli dance of celebration, and has NOTHING TO DO with drinking, growing up, or smoking. This song is about taking down the barriers of the world and it's careless and flawed manipulations of society. It is basically discussing a form of anarchy. The title also adds onto the curiousity of the song and makes it more into a drama, hence the dramatic disposition of the music. The title "Movie (Never Made)" is stating how this form of revolution will never happen, though many dream of it. Do some research before you dismantle such a powerful and meaningful song.
    RebelRouseron August 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line should be:

    And as you walk through valleys of fear
    The lure of my bed is ever near
    bootuon February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutely great song. best of the few silver mount zion vocal performances.
    foreverdoomedon October 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs, particularly live.
    Them screaming "Don't Be Afraid" louder and louder as the music continues to build is amazing.
    vedicardion May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes yes yes. This blows your mind live infact
    one of my favorite shows ever was silver mount zion it made me more of a fan to see their awesome power live
    + their music is spot on live as well..
    dongdongon June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read somewhere about this being the inevitable fall of capitalism? Killing bankers and uniting people sounds communist to me I guess?

    But I guess DaFace has a pretty good interpetation. At least with the pipe dreams part. I wasn't aware that A Silver Mt Zion was a "gettin stoned" kind of band (although I could understand how someone might think that).
    dugdugon March 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNote in Take These Hands...etc, "I got drunk, you got high". And in The Dead Flag Blues by GY!BE, "we're all on so many drugs" (though that could be a reference to the health industry).
    DaFaceon April 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics have many references to Jews/Judaism. From the band's Wiki page...
    "Efrim himself is Jewish, and motifs relating to Judaism are occasionally present in the band's music (he described the band's recording of their first album as a 'Jewish experience')."

    'Mount Zion' is in Jerusalem, Israel.
    The 'Horah' is a traditional Jewish dance.
    'Shoshana' probably refers to Shoshana Parsitz, a famous Zionist activist and Israeli politician.
    'Kill first the banker'...well, Jews are well-known for their role in the finance industry. And we all know of the genocide inflicted upon them.
    'Raping of Kings'...I thought perhaps that alludes to Jesus.
    'Tear gas'...concentration camp exterminations.
    'Plate-glass'...Kristallnacht during the Holocaust.
    'It's nobler to never get paid, than to bank on shit and dismay.' Speaking of how the Jews have suffered, but maintain their pride by not asking for sympathy.

    These are just a few observations. I'm not sure if the theme/message of the song is supposed to be anything Jewish, or if it's more universal and these are coincidences. But I found it interesting.
    drudkhon October 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentrather than provide my own inflexible interpretation, i'd just like to point out why all of these are decent analysis without any being totally stupid.
    even though i don't agree with the drug interpretation, "dancing the hora" doesn't have to be literal. Adopting the drug interpretation, Efrim could have just been using a euphemism for some kind of drug fueled craziness. Rebelrouser suggested this line referred to some joyous revolution, but why would vomiting blood have anything to do with this? If this line is figurative or exaggerated, then it makes the intoxicated dancing idea more reasonable too... The title also sounds like it might support the lack of a revolution, supporting both theories. There's no reason the song couldn't be a reflection on the revolutionary ideas from earlier in life.
    As for the jewish references, I don't think they're quite as clear as drudkh suggests. tear gas doesn't kill anybody in camps, the specific stating of "plate glass" seems to ruin the kristallnacht concept since those were broken windows, but i wonder what's happening with the shoshana jonesing line...Whatever this song is about, it's convoluted.
    castson December 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just need to point out that, at the time, it was well known that this record was a tribute to his dead dog, wanda, and that this track was inserted into the middle of it, literally being discarded from a film that was never made. i'd source that through the gybe! mailing list, which was active in the late 90s and early 00s.

    i think the zionist references are correct, but the readings into the holocaust are very wrong. it's more of a horrified reaction against current zionism, which is a persistent theme in this band's music. this is then tied backwards into a general global struggle (this was the era of anti-globalization protests) that aligns the protest movement in north america with indigenous movements, like the one in palestine.

    when mt. zion approach israeli politics, and they do frequently, they take a view that is very much aligned with left-wing jewish intellectuals like noam chomsky - this amounts to extreme opposition to the israeli right and the havoc and death and destruction they're causing. but, it also comes with a sense of remorse that comes out of a feeling of responsibility. i'm not jewish myself, but i've noticed that a sense of extreme belonging is inherent to their culture, and that feelings of responsibility that might otherwise seem irrational are not at all from a jewish perspective.

    so, yeah. you're sort of all right. it's a protest song, and it's about zionism, but it's in protest _of_ zionism as a violent, colonial force, rather than as the preferred vehicle for peace and understanding.
    dgkfhjlffjfjhlfhjaon May 21, 2013   Link

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