"Roll On" as written by and Thea Gilmore Gilmore....
There's dirt in the machine, yeah, where there's oxygen there's rust
A thousand eyes are blinking to drown a tiny speck of dust
No, I'm not after crashing parties, I want your cobweb soul
And believe me, heads will roll

Do you watch the latest traumas in radiation dots?
Or the wide-eyed executioner; gunpowder, treason, plot
Is there an ugly little mirror living down there in your hole?
Just take a good look and heads will roll

Did you think you would scrape by
To all the fault-lines you have seen?
Did you think you could deny
The shit you're standing in?

So concrete runs in rivers but there's sugar here to suck
And absolution dot com delivers with a little bit of luck
Now there's no new ground being broken, you're just doing what you're
But any day now heads will roll

Did you think that you'd scrape by
To all the fault-lines you have seen?
Did you think you could deny
The shit you're standing in?

There's gonna be a reckoning, there's gonna be a chase
There's gonna be a hand to wipe that smile off your face
There's gonna be a sunset, you're gonna lose control
I'm telling you now, heads will roll
I'm telling you now, heads will roll

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"Heads Will Roll" as written by Thea Gilmore Gilmore

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    My OpinionFirstly its disappointing there is no one discussing this song! It's one of the best pieces of lyrics i've heard in a long time - such a shame Thea Gilmore is not more widely known...

    I have a feeling the song is about wasting yourself on drugs but really its just a hunch. At this rate i will have to write to her management and ask!

    One more thing i love about this is the way each verse seems to be laid out by a different lead instrument. It goes from guitar to accordion to piano and even just toms. For such a long song they really manage to keep it going with interest despite there only being 2 musical sections... genius.
    pihkalon August 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThea is the greatest poet of our time.

    Tin-pot & infidel in the first verse explain her unimportance & lack of religion/belief/belonging. That sets up the rest of the song that describes how she is rolling through life with no purpose or direction. Lots of references to self-destruction, drugs, depression, all very dark.

    Tongue, body, soul aren’t worth much. Maybe a glimmer of hope that they’ll be bought back someday but until then, just roll on through the depression. Go through the motions until then.

    Ellybendion February 15, 2019   Link

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