Lyric discussion by alexhuxley 

The Holy Roman Army did not exist at the time of the Romans; it was around during the 16th to 18th centuries or thereabouts. It was a footnote in history, because the nations that sprang out of its dominion, or predated it, are far more respected and well-remembered. Additionally, it's a running joke that this 'empire' was neither holy nor Roman, nor an empire. A crony is an old friend. It's a double entendre: the friend can be old, as a firned, or old in age. Inlike a comrade, buddy, pal, crew -- this word implies, decrepitude. Finally, the ghost horses, and the repeated invitation to 'come on' to me signify a false, transparent threat. The loose structure of the song and the simplistic composition tell me it's more the product of a mood than a specific idea, like 'Bones', for example. I think Yorp or Yorke was stewing over a real confrontation, and, very much like Radiohead -- at odds with the frat-boy instinct to want to fight. The song was the upshot; a self-mocking upshot of carrying a pair of testicles and a male ego, despite carrying the mantle of man-boy hero, as Radiohead clearly does. The lack of attention paid to the song, in terms of composition, layering, mixing, etc. -- tell me it's there as a confession, not expression.

Great interpretation! The Holy Roman Empire however wasn't a footnote in history. It was one of the most important empires in the history of Europe with it's roots somewhere in the 11th century. The most famous emperor was Charles V who reigned over an empire that included Spain, Germany, Napels, Austria, the Netherlands and the America's which was de facto bigger than the old Roman Empire.

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