Well the church bells are calling
Police cars on fire
And as they call you to the eye of the storm
All the people say "Stay at home tonight"
I say we are the pigs we are the swine
We are the stars of the firing line

And as the smack cracks at your window
You wake up with a gun in your mouth
Oh let the nuclear wind blow away my sins
And I'll stay at home in my house

I say we are the pigs
We are the swine
We are the stars of the firing line

But deceit can't save you so

We will watch them burn

Lyrics submitted by 3ssence

We Are the Pigs Lyrics as written by Bernard Butler Brett Anderson

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  • +2
    General Comment

    its about us ruining the world and bringing us to apocalypse and yet apathetic, choosing to do nothing even though we have a gun in our mouths. we rather watching "them" burn. great song, of course.

    aldrrianon March 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think it's about Western civilization and the complacency and apathy that Westerners embody ..."church bells"..."stay at home in my house"...it sort of reminds me of Nero while Rome burned.

    hemlockroadon March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    ONE comment? One! Suede are so under-rated internationally. The guitar introduction is hauntingly beautiful, they've really done some amazing stuff.

    AlfBon April 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    Actually I'm pretty sure that "pigs" are a name for the police, and this is a song about the corrupt, hypocritical nature of authority.

    "stars" as in how they feel superior, think they are doing the right thing. but they are only stars of the "firing line", meaning that they can and will kill people. Using violence to promote safety and peace.

    Well that's my take on it.

    DonnieJon July 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The song seems to be about an armageddon, or an apocalypse, that will happen and it will be our fault.

    darylcon March 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "We Are The Pigs" refers to how the majority of society is willing to sit back and watch everything go to shit 'like cattle'. The song's almost wallowing in it's celebration of how irregularly people react against obvious wrongs unless it affects them directly.

    Freakin' master piece of Suede's.

    lateleighon December 15, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    I believe this is the song that drove Bernard Butler to leave the band. He'd written a sweeping, epic and hauntingly beutiful record, gave it to Brett Anderson to write the lyrics, and he came up with "We Are The Pigs." Preposterous but strangely good record.

    Ramsbottomon August 27, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    I've just been watching the video for this on YouTube. Did Brett Anderson ever read V For Vendetta before he wrote this? Does seem like it.

    vforvenatoron December 25, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    The horns were an interesting addition, it actually works on the track but I would've never imagined at the time.

    kexpseattleon January 16, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    today is 4 June, the students in Beijing 1989 were the stars in the firing line. I watched them burn and stayed home.

    catmasteron June 04, 2015   Link

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