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Closing in on empty spaces
Winners laugh too soon
A paper world with paper faces
Beneath a paper moon

There's a man, a real pacesetter
Coming after me
And after him there's someone better and
After him there's me

He'll offer you a cigarette
He'll offer you a light
But he hasn't finished with you yet
On another long, knife night

So look behind you
There's the man you're chasing
Look behind you
Let's go human racing
Human racing
Let's go racing now

Open arms and open purses
Open season's here
Fill your heads with clever verses
And then they disappear

Silent vows in secret places
They'll get you somehow
Cos you never win in human races
So who's the loser now

Look behind you
There's the man you're casing
Look behind you
Let's go human racing
Human racing
Let's go racing now

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    UnregisteredMar 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm
    Clearly this is about Hitlers rise to power. Between 30th June and 2nd July many top Nazi leaders (opposed to Hitler) were murdered, which was known as the night of the long Knives. 1st verse "Closing in on empty spaces" etc. - Hitler filling the gap of those in power. 2nd verse refers to the up-and-coming leaders - Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Himmler etc. who were all coming from the lower ranks to the top. 3rd verse mentions the night of the long knives (another long, knife night). People within the party were also set against each other to determine the lesser Govt places hence "look behind you there's the man your chasing." As the song moves forward one can clearly see the references to absolute power and ethnic cleansing linked to Kristal Nacht and propaganda songs. Hitler wanted a master race and set about destroying anyone who got in his way - Human Racing is a pun incorporating the both his eugenics ideology and the actual race to the top of the Nazi party.

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