"All Systems Red" as written by and Joey Burns John Convertino....
Felt a tremor stir beneath my breath
That forecasts storms on the gallup poll
Waking up from the nightmare news
Hoping to read a sign in the morning air

Nothing changes here and nothing improves
All say my friends who just want out
And leave these troubles behind
Scatter like paper in the eye of the storm
Documented with a silenced note
That's only heard from far away

More cards in play, following suit
Everywhere you look, you only see red
Wonder when to call off the race
Watching a horse running down its last legs
When you think it couldn't get much worse
The numbers rise on the death toll
And the chimes of freedom flash and fade
Only heard from far, far away

I hear you can't trust in your own
Now the grey is broken in the early morn
And the words forming barely have a voice
It's just your heart that's breaking without choice

Everything you hear is distorted in your head
Bouncing off the walls, unraveling the thread
Staying up with the blue screen glow
Forgetting everything you ever dreamed years ago

When the dread is flowing down my veins
I want to tear it all down and build it up again
Hear your heart that's breaking without choice
I want to hear those chimes ring again
Ring again


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"All Systems Red" as written by Joseph Burns John Convertino

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    General CommentThis song is my favorite by Calexico for sure. I never thought about the war, but I see that it could relate for sure. I always looked at it from the point of view from a shitty town like my own. Like the singer is talking about his town....
    "Nothing changes here and nothing improves
    All say my friends who just want out
    And leave these troubles behind" - Don't have to explain these lines..
    "Scatter like paper in the eye of the storm
    Documented with a silenced note That's only heard from far away" - This to me would be those who left by suicide. The silenced note would be the gun shot.
    "More cards in play, following suit
    Everywhere you look, you only see red" - More people doing the same thing... red = blood?
    Ok... probably about the war, but this is the way I looked at it for a while.. pretty sad.
    CcPunk82on February 03, 2008   Link

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