"Electric Bloom" as written by Yannis Barnabas Emanuel Philippakis, Jack William Bevan, James Smith, Edwin Thomas Congreave and Walter James Morrison Gervers....
This is a warning shot, your final call
An empty morgue with gurning hearts and hollowed crowns
And all I see is marching bands
Marching bands which never rest in broken stands
Butcher birds with useless throats
We're not safe of dying kings with plastic knives

It's just another hospital
It's just another, it's just another

Captains made with metal tags
Flags brought down of hollowed crowns
It's everything without a time?
It's just a, it's just a


Goodbye all, your marching bands
Laid to rest in broken stands
Butcher birds will fly away
This is not a warning call, your final shot
All I see is butcher birds will fly away, electric bloom

Lyrics submitted by AllyS2

"Electric Bloom" as written by Jack William Bevan Edwin Thomas Congreave

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentI think the song is about the music industry (which is like a hospital full of dying kings and captains etc).
    The butcher-bird metaphor represents most bands around, which are not singing but shouting, but they never hang around for long (they fly away).
    lemonyminton December 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of my favourites
    Smigzeeon February 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis isnt called electiric bloom, on the album its known as The Race For Radio Supremacy!!
    FarrarLikesMusicon February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLies! It was going to be called "The Race for Radio Supremacy", but Yannis changed his mind at the last minute. It's on the official forum, here: foals.freeforums.org/… (look at Edwin's post, he's in the band)

    And if you don't trust that, look on the official Foals store on their website: foals.trinitystreetdirect.com/store/…
    AllyS2on February 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentisn't it captain's name with metal tags?

    and yeah sounds like "time"

    sweet song btw. nice feeling and flow to it.
    requiemfordanteon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentits 'an empty morgue'
    SkinnyEffon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbefore i read the lyrics here, I thought it was about a riot/protest, judging from the lyrics, perhaps to build a hospital, with the last verse describing everyone clearing or giving up. I guess not now?
    Ninja777on June 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentButcher birds are also known for imitating other birds' songs. So, these "butcher bird" bands aren't only squawking empty things, but they are merely imitating the styles of other bands. All the same, and then they fly away.
    IceIceBritanion November 06, 2013   Link

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