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The song compares the search for the legendary lost city of Atlantis to seeking answers and fulfillment in life. It explores the human desire for a utopian or ideal place, often referring to it as a Shangri-La, an idyllic and unreachable paradise, and through references to uncertainty and life's impermanence, it suggests a quest for finding meaning and purpose amidst the fleeting nature of existence. References to doors and Xanadu also suggest a metaphorical path full of choices and the eventual revelation of one's personal paradise.

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The song is a portrayal of the power and resilience of English warships during a time of naval battles and conquest. Its theme revolves around the might and glory of the English fleet, specifically focusing on a flagship that symbolizes strength, courage, and patriotism. The flagship English Man o’ War is portrayed as the last of its kind, leading a fleet through harsh waves into battle; Making notions towards the unpredictable and harsh nature of naval warfare. Roaring cannons symbolize the intensity and violence of battle, underscoring the bravery and sacrifice required to defend the honor and glory of the...

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The prelude to the following track, ''English Man 'O' War,'' the term "(Jolly) Jack Tars" is a historical nickname for British sailors of the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy, particularly during the British Empire, which emphasizes the seafaring men's resilience and bravery in the face of adversity.

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This one delves into the code of honor, bravery, and sacrifice that many warriors throughout history have lived by, particularly the samurai. It emphasizes the traditional values of following in the footsteps of past warriors and embracing a life dedicated to combat, with the central message revolving around the idea that to truly embody the way of the warrior, one must be prepared to face death on the battlefield. The track repeats the mantra that to live by the sword is to die by the sword, which emphasizes the inevitability of sacrifice and the freedom that comes with embracing a...

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This song addresses themes of fairness, accountability, and the power of standing up for what is right. It calls for the balance of justice to be maintained, emphasizing the importance of upholding freedom and integrity for all in society. It questions the listener whether you stand for freedom, justice, or anything at all, challenging one's moral compass and calling for them to take action to ensure fairness and righteousness prevail; They urge you to use your power and courage to make a positive impact on the world around us.

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This track explores themes of fear, darkness, and the unknown, particularly in the context of the afterlife with the image of standing alone in the face of darkness, with voices calling from within and the uncertainty of what lies beyond. It contemplates mortality and the mysteries that lie beyond the grave, drawing the audience into a realm of darkness and introspection.

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This song is about Matthew Hopkins, a self-appointed Witchfinder General between 1645 and 1647 who instigated a campaign of terror against defenseless women in the English countryside. It's been estimated that he was responsible, directly or otherwise, for as many as 200 executions.

Little is known about Hopkins's life, and although he was neither the first nor the last, his name has become synonymous with the discovery of witches, and the hysteria and wanton cruelty that swept across Europe in the 17th Century; It had even manifested itself briefly in the United States in the Salem case.

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This song is about the race car driver Donald Campbell, a British speed record breaker who broke eight absolute world speed records on water and on land in the 1950s and 1960s. "We watched him die on TV," said Biff Byford in an interview.

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Love this song and its one of the most unique in all of The Delgados' amazing catalogue of music. The tempo changes are very intriguing, and the live BBC Peel Sessions version is even more impressive, also featuring an extended guitar outro which I wish the album version had.

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'"Lionheart" took a lot of work, said Biff Byford in an interview. "Richard the Lionheart is a heavy historical figure, and if you're going to write a song about him it has to be one that's moving, almost like a hymn or a psalm; an anthemic kind of song certainly, a call to arms even."

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