P.S. we try to stay humble but we hope that you're a fan of us
If not we can adjust.
Wrestling Israel by Flobots

As a post-script (a footnote added to the end of a letter), Johnny5 and Brer hope that the God(s) that exist approve of the work they’re doing, and if not to let them know so they can change.

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Sincerely John and Brer, we deliver high (with no cannibus) Wrestling Israel by Flobots

The conclusion of the body of the letter, which they’re delivering on high. They want to remind everyone that they don’t mean that kind of high.

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Or at least provide a bitter release
To those bitterly burned by your followers
Workin' for Haliburton or totin' Excaliburs
Wrestling Israel by Flobots

He also wishes he had the ability to soothe the suffering of people who’ve been affected by religious violence, both modern (by those who work for Haliburton) and in the past (by those who wielded Excalibur).

Haliburton, of course, is the oil company partially owned by Dick Cheney that profits heavily from wars waged by the United States. Whereas Excalibur was the sword given by God to King Arthur to signify his right to rule Britain as a unified (Christian) nation.

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Pause, bless each motivation that contols me
Please forgive me for every time I didn't really
Reflect peace
Wrestling Israel by Flobots

Here, Johnny 5 is asking for personal betterment. He wants the emotions that govern him to guide him toward peaceful and constructive actions, and also asks for forgiveness for the times that he fell short.

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Please protect me from those who take you literally Wrestling Israel by Flobots

Johnny 5 is praying for protection from people who use religion as justification for violence.

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Dear Gods, Wrestling Israel by Flobots

The rest of this verse is in the form of a letter from Johnny 5 and Brer Rabbit to “Gods.” The Gods are plural because it’s not addressed to the God of just one religion, but all of them.

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I was never one to wanna throw away the laws
More the one to wanna floor debate the flaws
Offer up amendments and coordinate the cause
Wrestling Israel by Flobots

Johnny 5 consistently calls for change in his music, but in this line says he doesn’t want there to be a violent coup or revolution. He would rather debate their flaws on the floor (of Congress) and propose amendments or organize peaceful protests.

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Sayin' "I ain't got nothin' but my hands. Clutch my treasure." Wrestling Israel by Flobots

Brer Rabbit’s only wealth is his hands, but they’re treasures because of all the good hands can do. So he’s saying to take his hand, presumably to work together.

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February 7th, 2013

May also reference Matthew 20:21-23 and similar verses from the New Testament regarding storing one’s treasures in heaven rather than on earth. “If you want to be perfect, go and sell everything you own! Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and be my follower.” (CE)

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No fakin' I'm makin' the Mile-High City Proud
No matter the style
Make it Change by Jonny 5

The first line is Jonny 5 representing his city (Denver), while the second references the fact that his band’s music (Flobots) is often difficult classify or assign from a genre perspective.

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Yes we serve, we deserve some peace
And we serve the least versed to reverse
The deep hurt that's featured
Each turn of the sheet of a learned history
Like Wall Street, the Trail of Tears and the War in the Philippines
Gonna Be Free by Flobots

There are some parts of history that American students don’t learn in school because they make their country look bad. In particular, modern Wall Street, The Trail of Tears, and the Philippine-American War are examples of downright cruelty on the path to ‘Manifest Destiny.’

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