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between5and7



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:44 pm    Post subject: So Dark You See - Live By The Sword Reply with quote

They live by the sword but die of old age
They should spend their last wretched days in a cage
Not surrounded by comfort and pawns of their ilk
Their final few statements come sounding through silk
Tyrants in spirit if not by law, devoid of all conscience lifting their jaw
Half-baked Medici without the art, Punk Mussolini without the smarts
Drunk drivers shooting face in the dark, but none of them ever in harmís way
None of them ever in harmís way
Of course we have seen their kind before, but never so low and close to shore
When finally they succumb to their fate, theyíll be multiple thousands of victims too late
They live by the sword but die of old age
No end in sight as they step off the stage, someone else suffers for every mistake
They have and they have and they take what they take
Justice for those without means without ways
The one thing you learn is that ruthlessness pays, they live by the sword but die of old age
Should spend their last wretched days in a cage, no end in sight as they step off the stage
They live by the sword but die of old age.
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between5and7



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure if JG had someone in mind when he wrote this, or if this is just a general statement about all the cruel folks who have prospered by beating others into submission or worse. Whatever the case, he doesn't seem to be tap dancing around how he feels, not riding the fence here. I like the percussive guitar sound that keeps pushing the lyrics along. Kind of an uncomfortable song about an uncomfortable subject. Here's to them spending their last wretched days in a cage.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back 5!!

John pulls no punches here. This really sums up how many of us felt following the 2008 financial crises. Hard to watch your pension savings crumble while those CEOs are cashing their huge bonus checks. I banked with Washington Mutual for years. Their ads used to feature a kindly older gentleman who closed by looking you in the eye and saying "Washington Mutual - The friend of the family". What a disfunctional family it became. Sadly, it looks like we might be heading back to the days of lax regulation of out-of-control business and banking practices. How soon we forget.

Musically this song is like no other in John's catalogue that I can recall. The music sounds angry, too.
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