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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:23 PM
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what's this song about?
supposedly the term War All The Time refers to relationships but the lyrics make it look like there's more going on here. Maybe some type of 9/11 metaphore to relationships?

Thursday - War All The Time

Standing on the edge of the Palisades' Cliffs in the shadow of the skyline. It seemed very far away like a lightning rod that couldn't pull the storm from me. When I was five years old, my best friend's older brother died, he fell from these cliffs and the river washed him away, the current pulled him downstream and our lives float in the headlines. So we park these cars in our parents' garage to listen to the lullaby of carbon monoxide: War all of the time in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast now we're falling apart like the ashes of American flags. If the sun doesn't rise, we'll replace it with an H-Bomb explosion, a painted jail cell of light in the sky like three-mile-island nightmares on TVs that sing us to sleep. They burn on and on like an oil field or a memory of what it felt like to burn on and on and not just fade away. All those nights in the basement, the kids are still screaming, "on and on and on and on............" War all of the time in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast now we're falling apart like the ashes of American flags. And we're blowing in the wind. We don't know where to land so we kiss like little kids - we used to be very tall buildings but we've been falling for so long. Now your eyes are a sign on the edge of town, they offer a welcome, when you are leaving. War all of the time in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast now we're falling apart like the ashes of American flags. When the pieces fall it's like a last-day parade and the fires in our streets start to rage so wave to those people who long to wave back from the fabric of a flag that sang love all of the time.
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:25 PM
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1. now reposted with some emphasis of mine added
Standing on the edge of the Palisades' Cliffs in the shadow of the skyline. It seemed very far away like a lightning rod that couldn't pull the storm from me. When I was five years old, my best friend's older brother died, he fell from these cliffs and the river washed him away, the current pulled him downstream and our lives float in the headlines. So we park these cars in our parents' garage to listen to the lullaby of carbon monoxide: War all of the time in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast now we're falling apart like the ashes of American flags. If the sun doesn't rise, we'll replace it with an H-Bomb explosion, a painted jail cell of light in the sky like three-mile-island nightmares on TVs that sing us to sleep. They burn on and on like an oil field or a memory of what it felt like to burn on and on and not just fade away. All those nights in the basement, the kids are still screaming, "on and on and on and on............" War all of the time in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast now we're falling apart like the ashes of American flags. And we're blowing in the wind. We don't know where to land so we kiss like little kids - we used to be very tall buildings but we've been falling for so long. Now your eyes are a sign on the edge of town, they offer a welcome, when you are leaving. War all of the time in the shadow of the New York skyline, we grew up too fast now we're falling apart like the ashes of American flags. When the pieces fall it's like a last-day parade and the fires in our streets start to rage so wave to those people who long to wave back from the fabric of a flag that sang love all of the time.
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Syn_Dem Donating Member (505 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:47 PM
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2. They have another good song called "Autiobiography of a Nation"
write these words back down inside
we have burned their villages and all
the people in them died
we adopt their customs
and everything they say we steal
still we all sleep sound tonight
is this what you wanted to hear
we erased all their images and dance
and replaced them with borders and flags

everything they say, you stole
everything you say, you stole

at the top of this timeline you'll remember
this is the lipstick on the collar
and in my own life I've seen it in the mirror
sometimes at the cost of others hopes

write these words back down inside
that's where you need it the most
and without conviction of heart you will never feel it at all
yeah, we all dance to the same beat when we we're marching
yeah, the tv tells us everything we need
and this scene is painted in all the fashions of the moment
and history is all the same

everything you say you stole
every dream you dream you bought
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:57 PM
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3. yep, that's off the first album
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 09:57 PM by ButterflyBlood
the new one (also called War All The Time) is even better.

btw, one of the guys who does backing vocals on that Autobiography of a Nation song is Thomas Schlatter, who was in the NJ bands You and I (AMAZING band, easily one of my top 5 of all time) and The Assistant (equally amazing). The Assistant played their last show Saturday and I heard it was one of the amazing shows in the history of hardcore. Both bands have a leftist message to them, The Assistant more so though.
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