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Million Dead - The Rise And Fall Lyrics

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  • the came from the east,
  • they brought horses to our cultivated lands,
  • the gave power to our have-nots.
  • they took our culture,
  • they brought new customs to our burial grounds,
  • broadened the bases of our history.
  • they came from the east,
  • replaced our despots with their caliphates,
  • conquered but tolerated our gods.
  • they brought us wisdom,
  • they brought a zero to our tired calculations,
  • they guarded knowledge we'd forgotten.
  • they came from the east. byzantium (a city of moths)
  • crumbled into a dust that plunged europe into the dark.
  • constantinople (a metropolis of candles)
  • brought light to our books as europe forgot how to read.
  • let's make this stage our rubicon,
  • let's cast a die, let's let history decide.
  • and as i cross it, i chase aeneas back to his ships,
  • i bring the rhythm back to the hips.
  • and as rome is consumed,
  • as i fiddle this whisper tune on these strings,
  • friends, i have no need of your ears.
  • so let's make this stage our rubicon,
  • our frozen rhine, our yippie picket line
  • and i caesar hoffman! and as i cross it,
  • i bring the central asian steppe sweeping into the wilds of europe.
  • i make my bedroom rome, i make this city my home,
  • i am remus come from the dead,
  • come to tell you all to sack this city tonight,
  • let's sack this city tonight,
  • because i always heard better in the dark.
  • thus immersed in barbarous longing

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