We've been here so long
Still I remember
The rainy September

Contact

Two, four, one, ten Two, four, one, ten
Am I transmitting?
Is anyone listening?
Contact

Two, four, one, ten
Two, four, one, ten
Am I still willing
To foot all this billing?
Contact

We are green and gray
The longness of semper
Still I remember
Contact

Two, four, one, ten
Two, four, one, ten
Am I transmitting?
Is anyone listening?
Contact

Riding on our shiny metal horses
Singing a rider's song
One of us will be forgotten
The other one's wrong

Two, four, one, ten Two, four, one, ten
Am I still willing
To foot all this billing?
Contact

When I think of you
Your name's in the sky
Ninety feet high
Contact

Riding on our shiny metal horses
Singing a rider's song
One of us will be forgotten
The other one's wrong


Lyrics submitted by Blackfire1, edited by Nictco

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    My InterpretationThis is one of the most ambiguous (is that the right word?) songs I've encountered and the meaning is hard to find. The song was written by the makers of the show Red Vs Blue and written for the show itself however even incorporating that the meaning is still hard to find.

    In one verse you see the line "the longness of semper." Semper is the latin word for Always. Always would be a long time. in the beginning you see "We've ben her so long." So there is a theme of being in the same place (whether physically or otherwise) for a long time. There is also a feeling of being trapped where you are which does line up with the show and so you're trying to 'contact' someone to get you out of where you are. Am i transmitting, is anyone listening. Green and Grey give very somber and lonely textures to the song as well.

    The numbers 2, 4, 1, 10 seem to be random. However when I googled only these numbers the second link was to a collection of Bible verses. 2 Corinthians 4:1-10. Interestingly enough, these scriptures actually are a hopeful collection describing how things are tough but we'll make it through, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." and such. While this may be coincidence, the numbers may actually be the only really piece of hope. A thread that they can make it out, that they will eventually make contact.

    The whole thing about riding around on shiny metal horses seems to be a metaphor for technology like motorcycles and cars. "Singing our riding songs" almost seems to suggest the wars fought with this technology, like war cries and such. The next two verses are hard since there is some debate of whether the words are "will be forgotten" or "won't be forgotten." If it is "won't" then this gives even more of a war like theme as the victor won't be forgotten and other is wrong because each side believes the other to be wrong. If it is "will" then it is possible a somber lyric that neither side really comes out on top. One is forgotten but in the future the other will be consider evil for what they did.

    Then we see the line "When I think of you." Which is the first time the song directs attention to one specific being. There was a lot of "us" and "our" but this is the first and only "you" which seems to suggest the "us" and "our" may be only two people. "Your name in the sky, ninety feet high." this is where is gets weird. I googled ninety feet high and first thing you get the Bible again. King Nebuchadnezzar made a statue for himself that was specifically described in the Bible as being ninety feet high. After creating this golden obelisk he then decreed that whenever the horn blew everyone had to bow down to him. This is where the story starts about the three men thrown into the furnace for not bowing yet not being burned up because God protected them. Again maybe just a coincidence but to have two themes sparking immediate Bible excerpts is interesting. This, along with the war theme I described earlier, could actually be a criticism of man and the entire song is actually a call for contact with God, mortality, and such.

    While I like this interpretation and it could fit the show this song is attached to isn't exactly a 'reverent' show. It isn't exactly 'irreverent' either and while is full of goofy comedy, actually has a complex story line like no other and is full of mystery and intrigue. So for now, this is my interpretation.
    Nictcoon July 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"shiny metal horses" seems to me like chinese astrology in which shiny metal relies solely on wealth or fame gained which also leads me to the results of a few searches metal is accompanied with popular, demonstrative, impetuous, bold, and unruly behavior when associated with horses. All of which can describe the Reds and Blues. and even more in depth a horse can be weak and fast or slow and sturdy.
    "Two, four, one, ten" the coordinates in the gulf of guinea also the "use of restricted clinical tests." like the tests done to project freelancer applicants.
    sacreddrakedon July 15, 2016   Link
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    General CommentOther comments have missed the actual theme of the song, aliens.

    "Contact", as in "first contact" refers to just that.

    Green and grey are the two most common colors in our current representation of aliens, the Roswell Greys and the little green people.

    Shiny metal horses refers to spaceships.

    I can't find direct references to "rainy september", but Voyager 1 was launched on a September.

    2 4 1 10 might be a bible verse, but in the movie signal, the aliens start the communication with a string of numbers in the same way.

    Ceandroson August 27, 2018   Link
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    My Interpretationreal quick it is one of us won't be forgotten only in the redux version is it one of us will be forgotten

    now on to the meaning

    Red Vs Blue 1st season and a bit onward has the characters stuck in a location for so long and one day they both get attack from a massive outside force and their
    position is compromised that is what 2 4 1 10 translate to it is a unsc code

    But remove Red Vs Blue this song can apply to any situation with soldiers who been stuck in a location for so long and finally gets attack

    Am I still willing
    To foot all this billing?
    Is the soldier willing to go further to live and survive

    When I think of you
    Your name's in the sky
    in the soldier last stand they are thinking of their love ones

    Riding on our shiny metal horses
    Singing a rider's song
    One of us won't be forgotten
    The other one's wrong
    well there are two versions of this line in the one of us won't be forgotten could be a final stance and the soldier will give his life knowing for well he will be remembered or his enemy will and whoever loses would be wrong

    Now i will post this in he Redux version but one of us will be is pretty much the same but the op or mission the soldier is on is so off the record no one will know he is alive or dead and same can be said of his enemy.
    LunarDrBolton October 24, 2018   Link

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