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Here
I stand with my own kin At
the end of everything Finaly
the dream is gone I've
had enough of hanging on I
came here with all my friends Leaving
behind the weight of years Leaving
alone in a flood of tears Out
on a prospect that never ends All
the landscape was the mill Grim
as the reaper with a heart like hell With
a river of bodies Flowing
with the bell Here
was a future for hands of skill We

built it all with our own hands But
who could know we built on sand But
now it's barren all to soon There's
no miracle in ruin We
set the flame and it burned so blue With
open eyes I watched it grow A
sea of palms in an ocean of snow Hands
with the courage to start anew Here
was a home for the lost and scared Out
of the yards and dry docks The
call of the steel that would never stop There
was a refuge for those who dared In

a steeltown When
the heat's on I
went down And
the heat turned on me (x2) Here

I stand with my own kin At
the end of everything Finaly
the dream has gone I've
had enough of hanging on In

a steeltown When
the heat's on I
went down And
the heat turned on me (x2)



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    UnregisteredMar 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm
    Interpretation depends on one's point of view. I can (and do) read it as the growth of a dream and hope, built on poor foundations and destroyed by lack of planning, etc.

    Historically it could refer to the growing labor movements at in the late 1800s and early 1900s, a number of which were ruthlessly put down by the company owners and their men. That sense of excitement and progressiveness pervades the song.

    Not a happy reading the song, but does everything need a happy ending? This was a blue-collar band after all.

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