The breed is dead our children
They were our last resort
To keep the tribe alive with
At least just a final tort
With all his evil anger
He came to take their souls
Some hang on gallows bleeding
Some lie in burning holes

We came we came we came
We came to hang him higher

We know who he was
We know where he lives
We know how to treat him
Our folk never forgives

Here we stand
And found him resting
Out of danger at least he thinks
And he will pay his debt now
Grim Reaper already winks

We came to hang him higher
We came we came we came

We came to hang him higher
We want to see him pay

For all the things he did
We want to see him hang
Right here in our mid

We came to see him dead


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    General CommentI honestly think this has to do with a tribe of pagans who had been persecuted by the church deciding to try to track down a priest or the pope and get revenge.
    GothicBladeon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the first Wump songs I've heard by him and by far my favorite still, I love how his music is so modern and yet he incorperates ancient instruments and the thing as a whole sounds like it's recorded on old equipment
    ~dana
    Evilinnocenceon November 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti feel like is vague about who "he" is for a reason. The song is just about the thirst for retribution, not a specific case. And I doubt he was talking about a priest because persecution, and storming a village and killing all the children are two very different acts.
    industrialsuckson February 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe song "a building panic" by james horner is featured in the background of this song. u notice? its the from the titanic movie, played as the titanic sinks.
    xstillsearchingxon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits the SONG from the titanic...*

    sry mistyped it XD
    xstillsearchingxon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnger, retribution, and hate thats what this song says to me. These days we can no longer kill and slaughter as we did in the dark ages so I see this as Ret's way of expressing his anger against whatever it is he is angry about. The man is the center of the anger maybe Ret had someone Ret hated and sometimes may have watched him wanting to kill him. but I'm not Ret.
    Silou1aon July 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is vague in the manner of who "he" is because "he" represents evil in it's true nature and evil as we as individuals see evil. Evil can be anything that provokes or brings us to a dark place to where we want retribution because all we see is red. Evil can also be found in some of the lightest places and this song sets the strange for loss of a tomorrow and possibly loss of identity. It is very eye for an eye and a soul for a soul.
    MsHorrorRockon March 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm fairly sure this is about the Nazis and Hitler, but I ran into a small snag; otherwise it fits.

    The breed is dead our children
    They were our last resort
    To keep the tribe alive with
    At least just a final tort

    This is probably referring to the the Third Reich using younger and younger children in their armed forces as the war soured. The nazis were on their way to destruction, and one of their last acts was to use their children for war. "At least just a final tort" referring to a death rattle/last gasp.

    With all his evil anger
    He came to take their souls
    Some hang on gallows bleeding
    Some lie in burning holes

    Probably referring to Hitler's various exterminations. He was known to be prone to having tantrums, as well. Many victims of the Reich were hung and/or shot (gallows bleeding), many more were cremated in death camps (burning holes).


    We came we came we came
    We came to hang him higher

    We know who he was
    We know where he lives
    We know how to treat him
    Our folk never forgives

    This is the snag. Who is "We"? I have two interpretations. The first is that "We" are the Nazis, who wish to persecute more victims for their imagined slights. The second is that "We" is referring to Jewish Tribunals at Nuremberg, who, after the war was over, hunted down and hung many ex-Nazi officials. Given the song thus far, I would think the first interpretation to be closer to correct... but then this stanza comes in:

    Here we stand
    And found him resting
    Out of danger at least he thinks
    And he will pay his debt now
    Grim Reaper already winks

    Again, two possible interpretations, and another question: Along with "we" being in question, we now have a "he". Many Nazis involved in extermination (and many that weren't) fled the country and were subsequently hunted down, extradited and then tried for crimes against humanity, then subsequently hung. Given Hitler committed suicide by gunshot/poison (which specifically is unknown, but there is no doubt that it was not by hanging), "he" probably isn't Hitler. "He" might be a Nazi fleeing the Nuremberg trials. The other interpretation is that this is a reiteration that "We" is the nazis, hunting someone down... though this seems weaker than the tribunal interpretation.

    For all the things he did
    We want to see him hang
    Right here in our midst

    This final stanza solidifies the Jewish Tribunal "we" theory. Nazis executed at Nuremberg were hung in front of the Tribunals among other officials. Such Tribunals often had Jewish representatives that survived death camps or fled the country having witnessed atrocities.

    There is, finally, a third possibility. The song is referring to BOTH the tribunals and nazis as seekers of death perpetuating an endless cycle of murder, vengeance and death. While this is the least likely interpretation, it's also very much the most :Wumpscut:.
    xelrison November 01, 2018   Link

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