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Your empty walls...
Your empty walls...
Pretentious attention
Dismissive apprehension
Don't waste your time, on coffins today
When we decline, from the confines of our mind
Don't waste your time, on coffins today

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

I want you
To be
Left behind those empty walls
Told you
To see
From behind those empty walls

Those empty walls
When we decline, from the confines of our mind
Don't waste your time, on coffins today

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation

Choking from intoxication

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

I want you
To be
Left behind those empty walls
Told you
To see
From behind those empty walls
Want you to be
Left behind those empty walls
Told you
To see
From behind those empty walls

From behind those empty walls
From behind those empty walls
The walls
From behind those empty walls

I loved you
Yesterday, before
You killed my family

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

Don't you see their bodies burning?
Desolate and full of yearning
Dying of anticipation
Choking from intoxication

I want you
To be
Left behind those empty walls
Told you
To see
From behind those empty walls
Want you to be, left behind those empty walls
Told you
To see
From behind those empty walls
From behind those empty walls
From behind those empty walls
From behind those empty walls
Those walls...
Those walls...



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    NavarroshNov 28, 2008 at 11:14 pm
    There is no question the song is directly about the Bush administration's censorship of the Iraq war and specifically the choice to ban the media from showing caskets of American soldiers.

    "Your empty walls,
    Pretentious adventures,
    Dismissive apprehension,
    Don't waste your time,
    On coffins today,"

    About how we are just being forced to ignore reality whether or not we even conciously acknowledge so.

    "
    Don't you see their bodies burning?
    Desolate and full of yearning,
    Dying of anticipation,
    Choking from intoxication,"

    About both American and Iraqi casualties that the public is ignorant to.

    The video which depicts the twin towers being destroyed, the statue of Hussein being toppled, and even prisoners being taken ends with the children staring at the casket outside. The children who played the war willing and enjoyed it are being seperated from the casket only by a window, an empty wall. There is nothing really there and they choose to see reality but censoring their vision would mean they still think of war as a type of game and run around enjoying it.

    In summary, the song is about the government's false protections and how censoring the viewing of caskets decreases critcism of the war and helps Americans avoid the reality that people are constantly dieing from war because they are unable to view the atrocities. While I'm sure these themes can be taken into a broader scope there is no doubt Serj is directly speaking to the casket censorship. An incredible song and maybe the best video I have seen this year.
  • g
    +3
    grarlNov 19, 2008 at 2:04 am
    Just my opinion but...
    I feel that this is about the war on terrorism (e.g. the two block towers being hit by the plane (world trade center), the bear being pulled off the stand (saddam being overthrown) and the kids being suicide bombers)
    Empty Walls, in my opinion, is describing the box all of the government back home are in, thinking we will win the war with our current strategy.
  • s
    +3
    SapphireSpartanJun 3, 2008 at 2:09 am
    This song is all about poetry, it is about the morning of the Armenian Genocide, how he says "dying of anticipation" is refering to the Armenians and how they expected the war in their sleep. "Chocking from intoxication is when the turks threw special grenades that were filled with poisonous gas. And how he says "don't waste your time on coffins today" Is how when during the Armenians were forced out, many of them died from starvation and most people didn't have time to bury them.
  • Dalynxie
    +3
    DalynxieApr 21, 2008 at 9:28 pm
    SOAD isn't broken...Serj is taking a small leave of absence to do his solo thing which is helping others to see that waiting around and doing nothing is not going to change the world, starting with the US, to the way it needs to be.
    SOAD will be back.
  • t
    +2
    turnikitAug 15, 2008 at 1:15 am
    i understand where you are coming from Dragonwingz. about the armenian war. BUT!!! you really need to go back and watch the video again if you believe its about that or even just that
    it is obviously about the wa in Iraq.at the beginning of the video it shows how a toy plane flies into 2 TOWERS this is a dead give away, and also when they pull down the giant teddy bear off the big block which represented the soldiers ripping down the giant statue of Saddam Hussein that this song is about is about this most recent war. this song talks about us as the people, the civilians need to remove our heads from our back sides and see what kind of living hell we are putting these people through for nothing. B/c these people had nothing to do with this war or the twin towers it was a group from Afghanistan. BUT!!! you cannot hold an entire country accountable for a few peoples doing. BUT!!! we also need to see that where these terrorist learned to fly was from an AMERICAN AVIATION SCHOOL. thats right made my stomach turn when i found that out too. once again this is a song about how people need to realize war isn't a very dignified way to settle differences and that we SHOULD NOT be listening to corporate america telling us this war is completely reasonable and is FOR OUR FREEDOM b/c that is total BS. Defending our freedom my rump all we are doing is removing these poor peoples freedom, and stealing from them
    on the other hand some wars have a good reason to an extent but this particular war has absolutley no point
    overall this is a brilliant song

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