Red flag red, all the sentinels are dead
The Tokyo kitty, swallow, rose, and canary
Tick tick tick, do you recognize the sounds as the grains count down?
Trickle down right in front of you

You tickle tickle tickle, all your neck hairs prickle
As they barbecue the sentinels, and eat them right in front of you
Hourglass smash, a million little pieces
They count down, carry on, five, four, three, two

[Plutocrat?] breaks down too
Democrat breaks down too
Oligarch breaks down too
Republicrat breaks down too
Aristocrat breaks down too
Cenocrat breaks down to
Oligarch breaks down to
Republicrat breaks down to
No hope left in the hourglass

Red flag red, all the sentinels are dead
The Tokyo kitty, swallow, rose, and canary
Tick tick tick, do you recognize the sounds as the grains count down?
Trickle down right in front of you

You tickle tickle tickle, all your neck hairs prickle
As they barbecue the sentinels, and eat them right in front of you
Hourglass smash, a million little pieces
They count down, carry on, five, four, three, two

A ten, a nine, an eight
A ten, a nine, an eight
A ten, a nine, an eight
Eight, seven, six
Five, four, three, two

A ten, a nine, an eight
Eight seven six
Five four three


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Hourglass song meanings
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  • +4
    General Commenti can't really say what this song means as i feel it was worded so well.
    let me just define a few things according to wikipedia (only because it is so easy to google)
    there are references to RED FLAGS (signs of problems requiring attention) and we do nothing as time runs out.
    yet with all of these red flags, does it not bother you?
    and i'll try to be as unbiased as possible in suggesting this interpretation: we can't rely on our governments or political parties to save us.
    bobdole4565on June 04, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis parallels the apocalyptic theme of The Doomed. "Tokyo kitty", "swallow" "rose" and "canary" are symbols of goodwill and peacefulness. With the way things are going, those values are being destroyed as society plunges into darkness. Inevitable collapse of society cannot be saved by any currently existing system of government since these systems contain the ingredients for their own self-destruction.. The various systems of government breaking down just mean it's all fair game when it happens.
    henry11550on April 25, 2018   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis is a song about that time Maynard dropped acid in Tokyo.
    captainqbion June 28, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSUMMARY
    I thought this was a filler weird song with the lyrics sung in such a strange way at places. Came and looked at the lyrics and had a listen and then it seemed to click.

    I think in a nutshell this song is about the importance of keeping balance between instant gratification (animal instinct) and both personal and social responsibility (the higher self).

    I think it also points to the importance of us all moving more into the responsible role as a matter of urgency

    WHY?
    Due to technology the world is changing so drastically and rapidly.

    We can be more aware about some things (higher self) and at other times we are utterly distracted by short term, meaningless (animal instinct)

    With the increasingly interconnected nature of the modern world, any catastrophe is increasingly more likely to effect everyone - so the stakes are high


    CHORUS
    [Plutocrat?] breaks down too
    [Democrat] breaks down too
    [Oligarch] breaks down too
    [Republicrat] breaks down too
    [Aristocrat] breaks down too
    [Cenocrat] breaks down to
    [Oligarch] breaks down to
    [Republicrat] breaks down to
    No hope left in the hourglass

    [label in robotic voice] (human voice)


    It's interesting each individual [label] of the different kind of 'elite' is said with a robotic voice, followed by "breaks down too" in a human voice.

    My interpretation is that this is contrasting the machine-like and insensitive actions of some among the 'elites' with the resulting human effects of their actions



    COUNTING
    He counts down at the end and sometimes resets the count back to 10.

    I think this is due a swinging back towards responsible action in our day to day (humans tend to oscillate between base desires and higher responsibility).
    Time resets due to our collective and individual daily activities have stabilized situations.

    It ends on a count down 5 - 4- 3 and then goes quiet.... as if to say 'to be decided'

    The message I would take from this song is to start paying attention and taking some responsibility for what's going on around you



    .....or I could be talking nonsense!?
    samyouellon June 11, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember hearing this song live and I was blown away. This song brought tears to my eyes. What a sad but hopeful time we are living in.

    I just wanted to add the "cannery" lyric makes me think about coal miners and how they'd bring a caged cannery down with them in order to escape suffocation.

    Here's a link that relates it to all systems in society. Pretty interesting.
    io9.gizmodo.com/…
    rOckNrOllsCar11on June 20, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike the rest of the album this is likely entirely relating to the current political climate, and I believe climate is the exact message of this song.

    I believe the sentinels the song refers to are the various climate agreements, Kyoto, Paris, Warsaw and Durban.

    Smashing the hourglass but the countdown carrying on I believe is a reference to trying to hide the problem of global warming but even if you break the clock time still passes.
    Jargoon July 11, 2018   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis is a great song describing how corrupt the United states are and tokyo is a part of the big sentinels
    dillon1002on April 24, 2018   Link

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