I was listening to their CD Give Up
(from 2003) today and I was thinking how the lyrics seem to predict things, particulary about the troubles
that are to come in this time.
Ther're guards at the on ramps armed to the teeth
And you may case the grounds from the cascades to puget sound,
But you are not permitted to leave
I know there's a big world out there like the one i saw on the screen
In my living room late last night,
It was almost too bright to see
And i know that it's not a party if it happens every night
Pretending there's glamour and candelabra
When you're drinking by candlelight
What does it take to get a drink in this place?
What does it take, how long must i wait?
this song paints a stark image of a Police State in America, and possibly major energy problems. Then there's "We Will Become Silhouettes", which
describes a nuclear war and was written by Gibbard in response to the fear instilled in us after 9/11.
"The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" is definitely about aliens and the government coverup -
Smeared black ink... your palms are sweaty
And I'm barely listening to last demands
I'm staring at the asphalt wondering what's buried underneath
Where I am
I'll wear my badge... a vinyl sticker with big block letters adherent to my chest
That tells your new friends I am a visitor here...
I am not permanent
And the only thing keeping me dry is
Where I am
and it even seems to predict the collapse of the federal government -
"The district sleeps alone tonight after the bars turn out their lights And send the autos swerving into the loneliest evening And I am finally
seeing Why I was the one worth leaving"
The song 'Sleeping In' mentions the JFK assassination.
And there is light predicted at the end of the tunnel with "Brand New Colony", which to me sounds like a rebuilding of the world.