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It's like we just can't help ourselves
'Cause we don't know how to back down
We were called out to the streets
We were called in to the towns

And how the heavens, they opened up
Like arms of dazzling gold
With our rain washed histories
Well they do not need to be told

Show me now, show me the arms aloft
Every eye trained on a different star
This magic
This drunken semaphore
And I

We are listening
And we're not blind
This is your life
This is your time

We are listening
And we're not blind
This is your life
This is your time

I was called out in the dark
By a choir of beautiful cheats
And as the kids took back the parks
You and I were left with the streets

Show me now, show me the arms aloft
Every eye trained on a different star
This magic
This drunken semaphore
And I

We are listening
And we're not blind
This is your life
This is your time

[Repeats 5x]



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    UnregisteredAug 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm
    God is taking names. We are all on the list. The only ones not coming to the party are those who choose not to attend. It's time for peace and progress or getting left in the madness. We all are either on the the same page or we are lost in the dark. It's not hard to be honest and admit the world is deteriorating. It's supposed to. God is the cool part. The world is gradually turning against the creator of it. For really no reason other than a label or a faker that said he is whatever it is they say. There is no discrimination, denomination, or picket sign that is useful to god. It's demonstration he asks for. So who is the best example of how we should be living? That of course is jesus. That my friends makes you a follower of christ. That's it. So all we all need to do is be honest with ourselves which makes us honest with others. We all need one another as a unit . Whoever chooses to argue peace with picket signs and scream ignorance with graffiti to be heard probably isn't the team i would wanna be on .

    The song is awesome . I'm pretty sure each of us sees our own way the lyrics rep light vs dark. Magic and stars or rituals and regression. It's your call. God is just crossing his fingers hoping you don't choose to be an idiot. ;) be blessed
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    UnregisteredApr 29, 2012 at 3:34 am
    I think this is about god, i'll explain: god is light when you''re not into him you're in the dark, on the first verse says "it's like we just can't help ourselves
    'cause we don't know how to back down
    We were called out to the streets
    We were called in to the towns" it's god calling him, cuz when we are lost when we say can hold on in this life, we are at the point we just can't it is true we can't more but we can't more alone, we can more with god so "it's like we just can't help ourselves"

    Then on the second verse says: "and how the heavens, they opened up
    Like arms of dazzling gold" in here he sees god's calling him, he sees the light, and here "with our rain washed histories
    Well they do not need to be told" when you go on god's arms he don't care about your past, he erases every bad thing you made, it's a new life.

    Then in the 3rd verse says "we are listening
    And we're not blind" he's saying the truth cuz' we all listen god, is just don't care what god says, we all se his charming glory we are not blind is just we let it pass away, then it says "this is your life
    This is your time" this is our life we choose let it go, living what we think is happiness when is not, we all feel lost or empty is cuz we need god, this is our time cuz you now yolo, we don't know when we are going to die so let's not die empty.

    And in the end says i was called out in the dark
    By a choir of beautiful cheats
    And as the kids took back the parks
    You and i were left with the streets

    Show me now, show me the arms aloft
    Every eye trained on a different star
    This magic
    This drunken semaphore

    It talks about after the magical meeting with god that "perfect week" after that it comes the prove and your like god please hepl me here!!! But in the last verse repeat the chorus so he keeps inviting you to know god cuz happen what happen is worth it.

    How i know this? Cuz i was listening lifening and then called out in the dark, listening close to the lyrics so much coincidence, so much how i felt when i met god, i'll tell you a thin snow patrol is my fav' band i really met god like 2 weeks ago or maybe 3 i know what i'm feeling the feeling is fresh on my mind.

    Bless your soul, - lostinmygalaxy
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    UnregisteredFeb 25, 2012 at 12:05 am
    Tameflame, generally good analysis, but i wonder... I've got it on repeat trying to tease out the lyrics. Yours is the best analysis i've seen so far, but the video was released in august. That is, the song was written and well in production when the london riots occurred. There were the earlier riots in the spring, but they don't fit as well. Also, the band has ties/influence from the likes of u2, and much of their stuff is disguised religion and i see hints of that here. If anyone sees or finds a different angle from tameflame, send it my way, @ahlondon_tex. My curiosity is piqued.
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    UnregisteredJan 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    To me, it's saying we all want different things and have different purposes. And it's saying that you're cool to do your thing and i'm cool to do mine. It just says this very poetically to create the illusion of an even deeper meaning. The fray does it all the time!
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    UnregisteredJan 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm
    Its about the 2011 england riots.
    The first verse: "we just cant help ouselves... /'cause we dont know how to back down" describes the first few moments of hysteria that propagated the riots themselves. Rebellion itself is a feeling that we 'cant help ourselves' to feel. Once this initial feeling of hysteria begins. Entire crowds find it diffucult to stop chaos and they 'dont know how to back down'. The last two lines of the first verse simply reinforce this idea.

    The second verse introducing interesting imagery. With references to heaven the riots themselves have at this point evolved in to something far greater than simple rage and emotion, but the product of philosophies and beliefs to change the present, and thus the 'heavens opened up' and enlightened us with 'arms of dazzling gold'. Religion playes into this. We are embracing what we believe in and thus spriritual determination plays back into the first verse, where 'we just cant help ourselves'. The 'rain washed histories' show the age of the society we live in, it shows us that we are living in a world which may have worked before, but we 'do not need to be told' that this is whats best for us. We know what we want in a changing world and this old one needs to he cleansed

    The third verse is different from the first to as the voice is not of a member of the revolution, but one who sees it unfold. The voice calls us to 'show me now', and we raise our 'arms aloft'. The next line describes a moment where many people have their 'eyes trained on a different star', showing how we all have our different aspirations and resolves. But rather than seperating us, these stars are still part of the 'heavens', as all stars are in the sky. This shows us that in the end, we are all still a united people, with seemingly seperate aims but all facing the same future/direction together. The last three lines of the this verse show a deterioration of language, as words start to fail us 'this magic' seems to guide our actions, semiphotrs (signs and all that we sense physically) tell us what do do rather than words, this is the precipice where society and the glue that holds it together (language) fall apart, and this has us all eagerly anticipating the chorus, or the upheavel to come.

    The chorus itself contains one powerful message: you are not alone.
    "we (the people, us, as a communtity) are listening (to whats going around ouselves, we know whats going on in society)"
    "and we're not blind (to whats happening. We are not stupid, we see how you politicians are screwing our world up and we can see everything you're doing)"
    "this is your life (take hold of it. It is yours and no one can take it from you)
    "this is your time (to shine. Now is the time to act and take control of the future. Rebel! )

    The fourth verse again describes the rebellion. We were all 'called out in the dark', the line itself seems to highlight the fact that what we did was not simple or easy, but we left our homes into the darkness (a place of fear) all to fight for what we deserved. We know that we were forced to act by politicians, the seemingly and convingicly 'beautiful' people who pretend to bring us salvation or peace but are in reality simple 'cheats' who exploit us. The phrase itself is shows stark contrast between the two words, perhaps pointing out that what we see or are told is always simply the surface, and we can easily be cheated into desperation. The kids taking back the parks show that all walk of life ate involved in the reclaimation of out society and country. 'you and i were left to the streets' means that we, as older people had the responsibility, and duty to rebel physically, the children simply take back their source of fun, but those older know that it is not just about phyisical things, but the beliefs and priciples we all follow.

    At this point, justification of the actions we need to take are no longer necassary, and the song fills us once again the will to fight and rebel, forcefully imbedding the idea of rebellion into us. We are now part of the movement, and at this point the riots continue, and we continue to revolt, for what has once been a complaint ti those ruling us, has become a force of its own, and rather being dragged in with others, we are persuaded to fight for our own cause, for in the end we are all still one, and we can nit be stopped.

    Thats it for the lyrics, taking things from context, the theme of revolution can also be found from the song's album title: 'fallen empires'; britain itself was once an empire, and it has fallen, taken by its people symbolically through the 2011 riots.

    Well, thats my 2 cents, this is only my interperation and should not be taken as the entire meaning but simply as a perspective.

    P. S, pls forgive me for and spelling mistakes, this was all written on a htc sensation, and damn it has a small keyboard

    -tameflame

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