confess, tied to a stretcher
no longer animal
red white and blue, choking on peace

your suicide, his politics
nay misery
my country needs this freedom
to contradict your humanness

meow meow meow meow
la la
now we are safe
now we are safe
you'll never know how you've made us safe
and your son grows to kill us all
we say thank you complicity
your daughter grows to kill us all
and we say thanks to ease our shame

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Guantanamo Canto song meanings
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    General CommentGiving up "freedom" for "security."

    It being socially correct to thank soldiers, regardless of the shame.

    "Your son grows to kill us all, we say thank you complicity."
    We say thanks because we have to.

    "Your daughter grows to kill us all, and we say thanks to ease our shame."
    UsedToVacationon February 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is, pretty clearly, a metaphorical explanation of Jamie's feelings after the break up of cLOUDDEAD. The lines "your suicide, his politics" clearly refer to Doseone's increased infatuation with political speech clashing with WHY?'s proclivity for the personal/suicidal. "meow meow meow meow" is the most explicit line in the song; Jamie is counterpointing the cLOUDDEAD motif of dead dogs, imploring them to simply change their perspective and the world will go from dead dogs to live kittens.

    Jamie uses the overarching allegory of Guantanamo Bay to great effect. His metaphor is almost too perfect, in the level it obscures his true meaning. The final line, however, gives it away; "and we say thanks to ease our shame" is a clear reference to the critical reception of Ten. It is even a slightly altered, direct quote from one of the better-known reviewers. Jamie Stewart has a public professional relationship with post-cLOUDDEAD WHY?, so this interpretation is substantiated by both the lyrical content and personal life of the performer. The death of cLOUDDEAD affected the independent music industry greatly an it is through the poetry of men like Jamie Stewart that we can watch them grappling and, hopefully, eventually coming to terms with this.
    Benladenon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthmm... too bad Jamie Stewart wasn't in or a part of cLOUDDEAD.
    Coowon October 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i just read that whole explanation by Benladen there... and, i imagine, the experience was pretty much equivalent to interpreting hieroglyphics...

    in other words, it was a big ol' mind f*ck.
    TheWrongGirlon May 22, 2010   Link

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