"Of Dust And Nations" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge, James Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Michael Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi....
The towers that shoulder your pride
The words you've written in stone
Sand will cover them, sand will cover you
The streets that suffer your name
Your very flesh and your bones
Sand will cover them, sand will cover you

So put your faith in more than steel
Don't store your treasures up, with moth and rust
Where thieves break in and steal
Pull the fangs from out your heel
We live in but a shadow of the real

Step out from time, see the dust of nations
Step out from time, hear the stars ovation

Saturn will not sleep, until the sand has made us clean
Still we stack our stones and bury what we can
But it all will be undone, and nothing built under the sun
Will ever stand before the endless march of sand

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"Of Dust and Nations" as written by Edward Carrington Breckenridge Dustin Michael Kensrue

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  • +2
    General CommentVery fair comment dude. I try not to hit the "biblical reference" note too much unless its patently obvious..which it not always is with Thrice's subtle use of metaphors and imagery. Vheissu is a classic example of this as it often insinuates imortant moral values whether Christian or not e.g. "Stand and feel your worth, oh my soul.."/"Hold fast Hope!" promotes a great message regardless of its base (theological or not). So I guess I'm agreeing that we shouldn't automatically hit the Bible button if a line has a morally positive note to it, though some times it is too painstakingly obvious, as in the song "Like Moths to flame".
    ScarecrowNZon October 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"pull the fangs from out your heel" may refer to the family seal in poe's "a cask of amantillado" where it depicts a foot stepping on a serpent. however who provoked who is undiscernable. we are left believe from the symbol it is impossible to tell, however "pulling the fangs" from the heel may imply disregarding the matter and blame and moving on in life.
    motionxsicknesson May 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis poem reminds me a lot of "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley..

    I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.
    towhatendon October 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty much its a song against bling
    sabianxs20on October 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust because he's a Christian doesn't mean that he sings about the bible in every song. I'm Christian, I don't sing about the bible in all my bands songs... most my bands songs I don't actually. Only have the songs on Vheissu, I think, have biblical references. This one, not one of them.
    Thricecubeon November 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCmon guys let's not be anti-Christian here.. it's ok not to agree with Christianity but to put your anti-Christian agenda/spin on a song that was a painstakingly obvious product of an inspiration taken from the Bible by a publicly professed Christian artist is kind of intolerant don't you think? Dustin is a Christian who happens to write songs, some of which take references from the Bible, some not, some both. If a song clearly makes a reference to the Bible, just state that it does and don't get all anti-Bible just because you don't like it. And just because you rightfully state that a line in this song is a direct reference to Matthew 6:19-21 doesn't mean you're saying you agree with everything in the Bible; you're simply describing something that is factual. At best you can say, "this song means to me..." or "I interpret this song to mean.... for me..." but to say things like "It IS NOT a reference to the Bible..." or something along those lines is just nonsense and you disqualify yourself from having any credibility.

    19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 19-21
    dzzle10643on October 09, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song.
    xapr0on October 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song can have many meanings just like any Thrice songs. To me, it's saying that material things never last forever including your body. So instead of living a materialisic life, we should live a more meaningful life not based only on man made things. Kinda like that old proverb "The things you own end up owning you" or somethin. Dustin makes a reference Saturn who is associated with the principles of limitation, restrictions, boundaries, reality, crystallizing and structures. This song is one of my favorites on "Vheissu"
    deadbolt1138on October 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti definately agree that this song is all about perspective, and realising that you are not what you possess, but who you are.
    causeforcelebrationon October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeh dude, that sounds right, it is just another sweet song by Thrice. Vheissu is getting to be almost my favourite album. The song is similar to CCCH in that it mocks our materialist culture. Possible biblical reference to not storing up "treasures on earth" and "we live in but shadow of the real", just pontification but it could also be further condemnation of our materialist society.
    ScarecrowNZon October 12, 2005   Link

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