The call to arms was never true
Time to imbibe here's to you
I'll tell you stories bruised and blue
Of drum machines and land slides
Just one more round before we're through
More psychedelic yuppie flu
Its such a silly thing to do

And now we're stuck on rewind
Let's follow the cops back home
Follow the cops back home
Lets follow the cops back home
And rob their houses

The call to arms was never true
Lets take a ride and push it through
Suspended animation glue
Blame it on apartheid
Lets spend the night in jimmy choose
I'll give you coats and cheap shampoo
I'll give you nothing else to do

And now we're stuck on rewind
Let's follow the cops back home
Follow the cops back home
Lets follow the cops back home
And rob their houses

The call to arms was never true
I'm medicated how are you?
Lets take a dive swim right through
Sophisticated points of view

Let's follow the cops back home
Follow the cops back home
Lets follow the cops back home
And rob their houses
Let's follow the cops back home
Follow the cops back home
Lets follow the cops back home
And rob their houses


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    I love that song. The lyrics are so powerful that they have the power to take you right to that bar where those two men are sitting.

    Just listening to the first lines brought the images of Vietnam to mind. Or basically, of every war ever fought, that was justified on apartheid.

    In the first verse, those two men meet in a bar and one tells the other about his time in the army. There was this 'call to arms' that was all lies. And now he's drinking trying to get over the stories that left him mentally (or even physically) bruised.

    And he keeps talking - just another round until he's finished.

    This man is depressed.

    When you look at stories about worldview, this man is the perfect example for the subgenre: Worldview Disillusionment: "When a sympathetic protagonist, with developed will, positive motives, and wholehearted idealistic beliefs, experiences a loss or trial that forces them to realize the darker truth, they lose their faith entirely" (© Story Grid).

    And he did.

    Everything he believed in has turned out to be false. He's probably wasted a good part of his life ('Its such a silly thing to do') being ill with the 'psychedelic yuppie flu' - the illness leaders in his country might still have to order things that do not make sense.

    And all he's left with are the memories of what he did and he lives in the past without being able to look into the future and see something positive again ('And now we're stuck on rewind'). The only thing he can think of is lashing out against authority figures, like the police and invade their homes as he once invaded another country.

    The reference to 'Let's spend the night in Jimmy Choo's,' could refer to all the Vietnamese shops that you encounter everywhere in the world and who basically offer lots of different things. By saying 'I'll give you nothing else to do' he refers back to the time when he was in the army and how senseless it was. After all the world's still as it is.

    And now he can only get through the day by taking meds, maybe PTSD.

    And with everything he has experienced, he was supposed to reach a better understanding of the world 'Sophisticated points of view', but that's what made him disillusioned.

    And now he's lost looking for something to do in this stupid world where he doesn't fit in because he knows the darker truth: 'War lacks meaning when leaders are corrupt and dishonor soldiers’ sacrifices on the battlefield.'

    StoriesinSongs.comon January 16, 2020   Link

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