A Masters in Reverse Psychology

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put the bullet in the barrel take the safety off keep shootin' at the devil in the moonlight put it all on black till your luck comes back we're all waitin' for the end what kind of finish will he send these hands made of splinters keep knockin' back the whiskey sours i've got a few more days to go and i've got another crust of bread somewhere holed up waiting in this is this whats left of the house fill the lamp up with kerosene and toss the rest in the hall just coat the walls and strike the cigarette when you hear them coming we'll pray for them and stay with them till the poor little bastards die hand in hand we'll never forget them when they're gone so keep the girls inside of the little church with their bruised knees on the pews.


from Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?, released October 13, 2003
It's time to gear up for war. The townspeople stop their lamenting and prepare for the onslaught. They start to arm themselves, "shooting at the devil in the moonlight". They begin to wait, and much of the theme of the rest of the album focuses around waiting to die. They lay in their basements in wait, drinking themselves to death in fear of the devil. The imagery is about them hiding out, hungry and tired in the wreckage of their homes waiting for the devil- and when he comes, for the first time, they are ready for him. They torch the walls, burn the place down, hoping he'll go up in flames...it doesn't work like they hope so they begin to pray for the dead and dying. The end of the song is about locking up the children in the church, keeping everyone awake praying until their knees bruise from the pews.



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