They checked the shrine and the temple but he wasn't there
They checked the mosque and the chapel; nope, not there
Since you've been away on holiday
The natives are all nightmares
Since you've been away on holiday
I did dream that you'll disappear
You keep us on a leash we can't conceive but still must adhere to

The natives are whipping each other over which God they prefer
I wish he'd do us all a favor and just defer
Since you've been away on holiday
We don't know which God is which
And since you've been away on holiday
It's getting harder to give a shit
So if you stayed away on holiday we could get on with it
I mean we could evolve like this if you just call it quits

Since you've been away on holiday
We've stomached your archaic rule
And since you've been away on holiday
We've hosted some wars over you
So stay away on holiday, my friend, we don't need your services
Your excuses, your mysterious ways
Your mysterious ways
Your mysterious ways
Your mysterious ways
What a mysterious way to behave
What a mysterious way to just go away

Lord, let us go

Lyrics submitted by remembermaine

Retreat! Lyrics as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

Lyrics © ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's "we've stomached your archaic rule" meaning old

    I think he is talking about how God has just abandonned us, and now we're better off without God.
    Knife2aGunFighton June 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dont think hes saying we're better off without God - i interpret it as him saying "either be here or don't, but stop confusing people because its messing up the world".
    neobonzion June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hear
    "You keep a signed lease we cant conceive but still must adhere to"
    RedJesuson June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is the weakest song on the album. I like Tim's attacks on religion throughout the album, but this one is a bit more cliched than most, and, lyrically, sounds like a less eloquent rewrite of Jane's Addiction's "Had a Dad". Still, the ending with that female voice that you hear in the background singing "Lord let us go" is pretty powerful.
    truthbealiaron June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Neobonzi, that if you're(God is) absent so often, just leave us alone. The conflicts of opinions and beliefs of the true God and what he wants (Judism, Christianity, Islam...)cause wars because of you, confusing lives and we're better off without you. That we only have problems because of your appearance and disappearance. That if you made us then just let us be. The "lord let us go" at the end is so powerful and amazing.
    porcelainsoliloquyon June 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseventh hymn the church of []
    jewslateron June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis started out as my least favorite on the album but now it's one of my favorites. Some of the weaker lyrics still, but Tim's voice, the constant horns, and the incredible ending more than make up for it.
    hotdingdongon July 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone else hear a definite similarity to The Dismemberment Plan in this song?
    AshBlackon July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I did dream that you'll disappear."

    i think it's "i day-dreamed you disappeared"
    teamblueon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are weaker than the rest of the album but this song is amazing
    driftwoodxon September 07, 2006   Link

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