Pack up your things
Your work here is done
A slave to the beast
No mercy with time
No mercy with time

They bound you with the fire
Then push you into the sun
They want the free land to expire
They want everyone to be numb

The world's drinking from a cup
That no one wants to share
Words from the king
That no one wants to hear

Don't be running late, are you on time today?
Don't be running late, are you on time today?
Don't be running late, are you on time today?
Don't be running late, are you on time today?

Retrench me because of machines
Kids trading roses for guns
Track marks under the sleeve
I can't talk, I need to run

Love's thrown away the ring
Not knowing what to say
Mama won't you say?
It's like you're cut by the blade

Don't be running late, are you on time today?
Don't be running late, are you on time today?
Don't be running late, are you on time today?
Don't be running late, are you on time today?

Don't be running late, are you on time today?
(Don't be running late, don't be running late)
Don't be running late, are you on time today?
(Don't be running late, don't be running late)

Don't be running late, are you on time today?
(Don't be running late, don't be running late)
Don't be running late, are you on time today?
(Don't be running late)

Don't be running late, don't be running late
Don't be running late, don't be running late
Don't be running late, don't be running late
Don't be running late


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The Beast Lyrics as written by Julia Stone Angus Stone

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    General Comment

    Best song ! i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it so much !

    i fugured it to be about, like the world is turning into a horrible place basically and there are certain people responsible for it. (im not sure who) and 'they want the free land to expire' like, they want the world to work for them and no one else. they want to own it.

    thats the gist i get.

    _ofSimoneon November 03, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    its obviously has something to do with heroin seeing as the title is the beast, and "Track mark under the sleeve, I can't talk I need to run" makes it pretty obvious

    tonyflowon December 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    this song is amazing. effing love it.

    i agree with both the above comments. i think the first verse/s is about what _ofSimone said: society, & it's expectations, & what the world is becoming.

    the second verse, minus the first two lines, is quite obscure. it could be about heroin, as tonyflow said, but "the beast" could also be society's expectations, the way that the world is becoming (or has already become). maybe the second verse is about angus' views on the situation, he feels he can't do anything about it, he can't take action or bring about change ("i can't talk"), he just wants to get away from it ("i need to run").

    meg;on December 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    sounds sooooo super when played live.

    genius in lyrical form.

    but yes, firstly i thought it was about cows, hence the "branded with the fire" comment, yet i was clearly very very wrong.

    misel.on January 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    i percieved this song as slavery- i had to read ROOTS by alex haley for ap history and escape from slavery by francis bok and, this song reminded me of those book as soon as i heard "brand you with the fire"

    "retrench me because of machines"-- there was a time during the middle 1900s where the jobs for slaves were cut down due to the production of machines, especially on farmlands..

    "Pack up your things Your work here is done" - refer to the constant slave trading and auctioning

    celam92on January 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    It could be any substance , not just heroin. Song is definatly about the disease of addiction ie the beast and its progressive nature

    stfuhelloon February 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    First off. Amazing song. Great opener to the album.

    I think this song is about becoming a slave to corporations, "the man". Just the whole idea that corporations are an evil, living breathing thing: "the beast". And working for it, you couldn't be "late". It's demanding. Just how money driven our world has become and the evil things in the world.

    Imahollowplayon April 12, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation

    Oh yes i also just love this song!

    Yeah, I think that this could refer to drugs or becoming a slave to society.

    The song plainly says "track marks under the sleeve", which is quite obvious.

    If you interpret it as becoming a slave to society, then i associate it with the novel 1984. Becoming controlled by a higher power, and having no control over it.

    courts93on February 06, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation

    i think this song could also be about self injury? "Track mark under the sleeve" and "It's like you're cut by the blade" seem to suggest this. and being a slave to the beast is like the addiction.

    dottedon July 21, 2009   Link
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    the "kids trading roses for guns" lyric is quite a powerful great song

    musicluva1on July 25, 2010   Link

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