"Throwing Stones" as written by Mark Anthony Owen, Milton Mcdonald, Howard Paul Donald, Jason Thomas Orange and Gary Barlow....
Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free
Dizzy with eternity
Paint it with a skin of sky, brush in some clouds and sea
Call it home for you and me
A peaceful place, or so it looks from space
A closer look reveals the human race
Full of hope, full of grace, is the human face
But afraid we may lay our home to waste

There's a fear down here we can't forget
Hasn't got a name just yet
Always awake, always around
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Now watch as the ball revolves and the night-time falls
And again the hunt begins and again the blood wind calls
By and by, again, the morning sun will rise
But the darkness never goes from some men's eyes
(Well I know)
It strolls the sidewalk and it rolls the streets
Staking turf, dividing up meat
Nightmare spook, piece of heat
It's you and me, you and me

Click flash blade in ghetto night
Rudy's looking for a fight
Rat cat alley, roll them bones
Need that cash to feed that Jones
And the politicians throwing stones
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Commissars and pinstripe bosses roll the dice
Anyway they fall, guess who gets to pay the price?
Money green, or proletarian gray
Selling guns instead of food today
So the kids they dance and shake their bones
And the politicians throwing stones
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Heartless powers try to tell us what to think
If the spirit's sleeping then the flesh is ink
History's page will be neatly carved in stone
The future's here, we are it, we are on our own
On our own, on our own, we are on our own

If the game is lost, then we're all the same
No one left to place or take the blame
We will leave this place an empty stone
Or that shining ball of blue we call our home

So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones
And the politicians throwing stones
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Shipping powders back and forth
Singing black goes south and white comes north
And the whole world full of petty wars
Singing I got mine and you got yours
While the current fashions set the pace
Lose your step, fall out of grace
The radical, he rant and rage
Singing someone got to turn the page
And the rich man in his summer home
Singing just leave well enough alone
But his pants are down, his cover's blown
And the politicians throwing stones
So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones
'Cause it's all too clear we're on our own
Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
Ashes, ashes, all fall down

Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free
It's dizzying, the possibilities

Ashes, ashes, all fall down
(Ashes, ashes, all fall down)
Ashes, ashes, all fall down
(Ashes, ashes, all fall down)
Ashes, ashes, all fall down
(Ashes, ashes, all fall down)
Ashes, ashes, all fall down
(Ashes, ashes, all fall down)


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"Throwing Stones" as written by Robert Hall Weir John Barlow

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  • +2
    General CommentObviously it is a social and global commentary on the earth and humankind's negative impact upon it. Overall, things are going allright on this planet if you think about it. Unfortuantley, if you look closer, there are a myriad pof problems which are glassed over by those who have the ability to change them.

    I think this song is mainly aimed at man's inherent wekness of pride and our inability to point the finger at ourselves when something is wrong.

    Overall, the song can provide hope. The song calls for the empowerment of individuals--a wake up so to say. The meaning is correct, if you rely upon others to change things, it won't happen. Whether it be politics, crime, environmental issues etc... all great acts start with one person.

    Great song.
    binghiskhanon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song, in a lyrical sense. It makes me think how much trouble we are in when a band wrote this in the late 70's early 80's, and it still applies today. Pretty sweet.
    ImNeilYoungon October 08, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning!!!
    Much of this song is clearly about nuclear warfare; it was released during the Cold War, at a time when the existence of nuclear weapons was being protested tremendously.

    The "politicians throwing stones
    Singing ashes to ashes all fall down"?

    Clearly symbolizing nuclear warfare!


    "Commissars and pin-striped bosses role the dice"

    A Commissar is an official in the Russian Army! The pin-striped bosses are the american fat cats and bureaucrats who profit off nuclear weapons, and during the Cold War, these guys were rolling the fuck out of the dice!

    C'mon, people!
    human8574on April 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does it mean?
    sugarmagnoliaon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have always thought the song
    was about us and our planet
    It's a good description too
    mtw397on December 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorites, especially live
    mtw397on December 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe are just a ball spinnning in outer space we gotta take care of this year while its alive in a race
    hayhay420garciaon February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with binghiskhan for the most part. The world looks fine from space but when you look closer you see all of the problems in the world and how man is at the root of the problems yet we continue to create more and more. And if we keep it up "ashes ashes all fall down." We need to take action but nobody will take the blame or do anything and "If the game is lost then we're all the same
    No one left to place or take the blame" It won't matter one way or the other whose fault it was in the end.
    loser_1992on August 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a case of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Are we going on about our business as the planet goes to heck?

    Side note: This song appeared on the Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors album.
    Smokleron November 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo this has alot of the children rhymes in it, i believe that...

    Since "ashes ashes all fall down" is a plague...
    then it could be interpreting the bad in the world and constituting the possibilities in life... but, theres so much that have made things go wrong... that it has brought people to drugs, our home to waste and war. And seeing that "a bright blue ball" is hardly ever seen... This song, puts it in there that "picture" it because it would be quite a beautiful place for everything.
    "The future's here, we are it, we are on our own" The future of the planet is in our hands; the future is man-made. And we are all "Futuremakers". If we choose to live sustainably, we can assure a future
    boxofrainon March 31, 2008   Link

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