We went away to the mountains
To corporate restaurants,
Corporate food
Mama and papa got liquor
And gun stores
Torching this city down
I had a thought and i lost it
It was a monument, decent and pure
Took out a razor and made my own Picasso
Hold me when I'm ready now

I made it far,
To the bleeding of your hearts remains:
To the point i care about your lies
When the mayor owns a pizza chain
And we're sick of moving, we decide...
I'm gonna wreck this
And like a snake sticks to its hole,
He won't come out
Until the sun soaks up
These dead streets

On the way back from the mountains,
Stopped by the cemetery, drank to our youth
Thought of our ages and stopped it
We blame our diets on changes in mood

We made it far,
To the bleeding of your hearts remains:
To the point i care about your lies
When the mayor owns a pizza chain
And we're sick of moving, we decide...
I'm gonna wreck this
And like a snake sticks to its hole,
I won't come out
Until the sun heats up these dead streets
And i know
We're gonna make it
Because your hearts in your intentions
You and me,
We will resurrect these dead streets
You and me,
We will resurrect these dead streets

We went away to the mountains
We only stayed for a night



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    General CommentDude, I love the Whoas in this song.
    tjtech12on February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus of this song seems pretty clear to me. "You and me, we will resurrect these dead streets" is pretty much literally AWS saying they and us (as their fans) will make the world a better place. We'll 'resurrect' the 'dead streets' of ghost cities where nobody talks to eachother anymore, and everybody is technically an enemy of one another.

    The 'verses' (the first and third parts) are a lot harder though.
    "Mama and papa got liquor
    And gun stores
    Torching this city down"
    Probably describes in a short way what turned our cities (or society) into the "dead society" we need to resurrect; liquor and guns.
    Then there's the recurring theme of "food";
    "We went away to the mountains
    To corporate restaurants,
    Corporate food",
    "When the mayor owns a pizza chain",
    "We blame our diets on changes in mood"
    I reckon this is AWS making a comparison with the music industry once again; the "mayor" is "the rich people" or "the government", and they "feed" people lies ("food"). The mayor owning a pizza chain would pretty much mean the "top" of a land (probably a [certain?] president) 'owns' the media and its ways of throwing lies at the populace.
    Then there's
    "I had a thought and i lost it
    It was a monument, decent and pure"
    I reckon that's the singer saying he had a thought (vision) of how great the world could be.
    And lastly there's
    "Took out a razor and made my own Picasso
    Hold me when I'm ready now"
    And I don't have the slightest clue how I should take this.
    Mozaredon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI mixed something up; the food part isn't making a comparison with the music industry, but rather with the 'government and its lies' as I mention below that. My bad.
    Mozaredon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song has always, to me, been about how politicians have way to much power ("when the mayor owns a pizza place and we're sick of moving"), that there is a lack of justice for the general public and that it's time for the public to start building up what has turned into a 100% police/gorvenment run state. As far as I see, that is the overall meaning of this song.
    petternitteron June 12, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningActually, a lot of this, the first verse in particular, reminds me of a small-town created to get away from the huge city, but then as people from the city come in and urbanize it, it becomes uglier. Once a beautiful monument, now ruined with these corporate things. These rich citidiots (as my town refers to them), come down wanting an escape from the city, but want it both ways; they also want the comforts of easy access to all these things so they build things like corporate restaurants and such, or whatever. And the poor town is powerless to stop it, or in some cases is bribed to not stop it (whether blatantly or through "donations").
    gofuckyourselfon September 30, 2011   Link

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