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Marches And Maneuvers

This song is by Thursday and appears on the album War All the Time (2003).

This is a war
We live
And the sides are drawn
Sides are drawn.
We're all wrapped up in fatigues
And they wear us out.
Wear us out
There is a storm at sea.
If we fly a white flag
Under a black and blue sky,
Will the red sun rise?
(The taste of your kerosene lips burn me up)
If we fly a white flag
Under a black and blue sky,
Will the red sun rise?
(The glare from your enemy sights make me go blind.)

Blinds divide the sunlight into thin strips, the size of a blade,
In this trench that we dig for ourselves, fourscore and fade.
Glare with the enemy heat of the bodies in the bed.
There's no retreat.

This is a war
We live in.
Now we're up in arms
Up in arms
With our heads pressed against the wall
And it's wearing thin
And it's wearing thin
These are the screams
We swallow.
If we fly a white flag
Under a black and blue sky,
Will the red sun rise?
(The taste of your kerosene lips burn me up)
If we fly a white flag
Under a black and blue sky,
Will the red sun rise?
(The glare from your enemy sights make me go blind.)

This is our war.
Administer the pill before the cell divides
(Keep marching--keep fighting)
And we'll both go down like toy soldiers. Threats and pickets
Lines are forming around our beds and the landmines
In our chests will all go off in time. If we trip each other
Into this, do you think we'll find a way out?
We've synthesized a compound to treat this conscience

It's: one part loss, one part no sleep, one part gunshot we heard,
One part the screams mistaken for laughter,
One part everything after, one part love,
One part stepping out of the driving rain, one part parting ways,
In the cold apartment. Don't look back, just keep on
Running down the stairs. Do you hear the footsteps?
Can you hear the voices in the traffic, communiques
In the attic? They say, after time, all this will heal,
We will rebuild and these broken arms
Will mend themselves in our embrace

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