"Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?" as written by and Murray Lightburn....
We need your information.
We will do what we must.
But not here,
Or in front of people,
Or on the phone.

We're not all blood-sucking leeches.
For we all have families too.
But that don't mean that we really love them-
Or that we don't.

Cause I can't love you.
And you can't love me.
But I can love you.
And you can love me.

Love me.

It's not a confrontation.
(All across the world, open your eyes)
We are here because we are broke.
(Give us what we want, we've had enough.)
But we don't expect a handout, or anything.
(So, so, so, so, so)

'Cause I can't help you.
And you can't help me.
But I can help you.
And you can help me.

I can't help you.
You can help me.
I can help you.
You can help me.

Help me.

Help you.
(It's not an impossible situation.)
Help me.
(It's not an impossible situation.)
Help you.
(It's not an impossible situation.)
Help me.
(It's not an impossible situation.)

I know there is doubt we can do this-
I can help you.

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"Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?" as written by Murray Lightburn

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  • +2
    General CommentActually, I thought this song was more about the homeless. Look at the line, "we're not all bloodsucking leeches, for we all have families too, but that don't mean that we really love them or that we don't."

    And there's the line, "We don't expect a handout or anything". When you think about it, he's trying to say that the homeless can't really help being what they are. The "give us what we want" lines could be the voices of society, telling them to work for them, get a life, job, etc.
    MaritheGreaton January 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentALIEN INVASION!

    Seriously, i've been listening to this song for over a year and a few months, and every time I listen to it I am convinced that it's about an alien invastion.
    HWOntoFireon August 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wanted to know what you guys thought this song meant... the first two stanzas especially caught my eye
    korovamilkbar8on February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy impression was always that it was something corporate-based.
    ThePythonon April 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentat first i thought you meant the band something corperate, but i see what you mean. yea i thought it had somethign to do with corperations too, but then again they dont want it "here, in fron of people or on the phone" so really it could be something else. i really wish someone would give out some ideas.
    korovamilkbar8on December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's the "we" that makes me think of corporations. No other person, on their own, uses "we." Unless they are in the Mafia...
    foreign_handon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's quite likely, actually, since Murray Lightburn (the frontman of The Dears) was actually homeless for a long while. Good idea, there!
    Appers66on June 04, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningFrom my perspective, I see the song as being about corrupt government, wiretapping their citizens and spying on their citizens as a means of control, the government being personified as a single person who is trying to convince the citizens that they can help them.

    At the same time, I completely see how the song can be about homelessness, and bringing about change to help those who are homeless.
    Jawsh91on November 15, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationWell, I found this song because it's in an ad of a TV series about a hostage situation. I then checked the lyrics out, and it makes sense to me. Maybe it's about a cop bargaining with a bank robber, and it's some kind of a conversation between them.
    legenon January 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is futile to assess any information from any part of this album if the assessment is applied to less than the whole that one believes it is. It's out there, and I don't believe in the entire album.
    smileandsayilikethissongon April 03, 2011   Link

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