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The crimson tide is flowing through your fingers as you sleep
The promise of a clean regime are promises we keep.
Do you like it rough I ask and are you up to task?
The calicos of pettibon where cultures come to clash

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Several of my best friends wear, the colours of the crown
And mary wants to build it up, and sherry wants to tear it all back down, girl
The saviour of your light
The monarchy of roses
The monarchy of roses

The cross between my former queen, her legendary stare
The holy tears of Ireland, the lovely cross to bear

[Chorus:]
Several of my best friends know, the secrets of this town
And mary wants to raise it up, and sherry wants to spin it all around, girl
The sailors of the night
The monarchy of roses
The monarchy of roses tonight

[Chorus:]
Several of my best friends wear, the colours of the crown
And mary wants to fill it up, and sherry wants to tear it all back down, girl
The saviour of your light
The monarchy of roses
The monarchy of roses

Hey yeah
We all want the rose you know
I said
Hey yeah
Show us love before you go
Say I will, and then I'll say I want to
The story of love that I will never taunt you

Hey yeah
We all want the rose you know
I said
Hey yeah
Show us love before you go
Say I will, and then I'll say I want to
The story of love that I will always want you
Hey



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    UnregisteredSep 7, 2012 at 10:27 am
    I think its about pizza... The red pizza is delicious and i like pepsi more than ferrari because the aeroplane is a nice weather today in harmony
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    UnregisteredJun 4, 2012 at 3:05 am
    Ok, fist of all monarchy of roses is a reference to the constitutional monarchy of britain. The reference comes from the fact that the english flag comes from the resolve of the war of the roses, which ended in the union between the house of lancaster and the house of york (their colors were red and white roses seperately which combined makes the white background and the red cross of the english flag, which makes part of the british flag which in turn is a combination of the english flag and scottish flag. ). Now explaining that the song meaning will make more sense since the song is about the struggle of northern ireland. How the people are divided between irish nationalists (those that want to join the republic of ireland) and the loyalists (those that want to stay apart of the british empire, which is the uk. ), and how the cultures are mixing there. The communist reference has some meaning there because many believe the only way to really solve the issue in ireland is for ireland to become a socialist republic, but thats for another discussion. Anyway the main focus on the song is how a citizen of northern ireland is a nationalist and many of his friends are loyalists and how the uk would be perfect if not for all the lies.
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    UnregisteredDec 2, 2011 at 2:22 am
    The chorus points it all out, it's about sobriety and other substances. It's easy to know if you've read his biography though, haha.
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    UnregisteredAug 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    Will everyone ever truly understand what kiedis writes in his lyrics. He designs them so noone will truly understand what he is truly thinking. You just have to interpret it your own way. That's the beauty of it.
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    UnregisteredJul 2, 2012 at 6:04 am
    April 23rd 2012- rad comment... This song reminds me of that lame show the bachelor/ette... Still great melody and nice lyrics

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