Author Topic: How would you interpret the lyrics of this song ("Soldier Side" by SOAD)?  (Read 1041 times)

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Offline Quetzalcoatl

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Dead man lying on the bottom of the grave.
Wondering when Savior comes
Is he gonna be saved

Maybe You're a sinner into your alternate life
Maybe you're a joker, maybe you deserve to die
They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find no hope
He's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find the truth
He's never going home

Young men standing on the top of their own graves
Wondering when Jesus comes
Are they gonna be saved

Cruelty to the winner, Bishop tells the King his lies
Maybe you're a mourner, maybe you deserve to die
They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He's gone so far to find the hope
He's never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He's come so far to find no truth
He's never going home

("Welcome" 2x humming)

Welcome to the Soldier Side
Where there's no one here but me
People all grow up to die
There is no one here but me
Welcome to the Soldier Side
Where is no one here but me.
People on the Soldier's Side
There's no one here but me.

(In case you want to listen, see the Youtube video within the spoilers.)

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So how would you interpret these lyrics? I have seen interpretations that it is an anti-war song. I have also seen interpretations that it is mocking Christians. Maybe both? What do you think?

And what does "God is wearing black" mean?
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My read is: You're condemning yourselves to suffer and die in accordance with values that do not help you.  Anti-War and Anti-Jingoism is your exit.
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I dunno.

That first line is so awful I can't get past it.

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That first line is so awful I can't get past it.


Uhm, why?
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That first line is so awful I can't get past it.


Uhm, why?

A: What other part of a grave would a dead man lie in other than the bottom?

B: Since when do dead people do any "wondering"?

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I stopped paying attention to lyrics long ago. So many songs sound great but lyrics make no sense or are just so stupid it makes me mad.

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A: What other part of a grave would a dead man lie in other than the bottom?

Dude... it's like "belly of a whale".... we need useful familiar phrases to construct our world from... it's called an idiom...

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B: Since when do dead people do any "wondering"?
Since symbolism. Man, you're picky.
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