I've seen broken people smile with light
You can't buy us with dollar bills,
You can't move the world with broken rules

No-one hopes for anything with nothing at all

What's become of me? I'm trying...
Hold me in the dying light
I feel something coming when we've all got nothing

We all hope for anything when there's nothing at all

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Black Dollar Bills song meanings
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs on their album. If i was smart enough to completely figure out what this song means, i'd say it.
    Just_Some_Asianon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow i can't believe only one other person has commented on this song. anyway i LOVE this song, the orchestra part is kind of eerie but i like it. i don't know what the song means either but i love the way it sounds.
    iappreciatebrandnewon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI get the feeling its about how money can't buy you people. I'm sure I read in a magazine the meaning they intended though...
    Antson February 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit is about the failure of politics and the lack of community among people to build a better world,"Hold me in the dying light
    I feel something coming when we've all got nothing".
    findsomepeaceon July 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand do i have to add that it is an absolutly beautiful, haunting song? the line "can't rule the world with your broken rules" defintly points to the futile hypocricy of political organizations.
    findsomepeaceon July 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most astonishing pieces of music I've heard in quite some time. I think it's about failed politics. I don't know what Hope of the States were. The ambiguity of their political stance--be it liberal, conservative, anarchic, communist, fascist, whatever--adds to the darkness; it may be a commentary on Bush or Blair, or it could just be a hypothetical story.

    Either way, the first verse recalls "You and Whose Army" by Radiohead; it sounds defeated but the message is extremely tough guy-ish: You're a ruler but you're not my ruler.

    The last verse is actually kind of optimistic. Hope and dreams are failing but there is a new hope on the horizon ... very prophetic with regard to the United States.
    arrstaron August 21, 2009   Link

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