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There are always two sides to every conflict. It can be very, very difficult to try to see the other side while you're in the thick of it, but trying to understand that other viewpoint can be vital to getting things resolved. This can be applied on a really broad scale, from petty arguments to all out wars between countries. This song is about that, and about how it's so easy to think you're right when you justify your argument with violence or faith...or even the combination of both. That combination can prove to be lethal, even deadly. It's always important to try to see the other side of things, especially when it's hard to.

Speaking of wars...we once had a sound guy that convinced us that a certain very devalued foreign currency was going to get revalued at an incredible rate "any day now" and make us all really rich. Luckily for Lazer, it didn't happen, because if it would have he personally would have had a ton of money, and (according to philosophical guru biggie smalls) therefore, a ton of problems. In the end though, his only problem was having to deal with promoters and churches that didn't really know what the meaning was behind that ever so dubious phrase, "sound system requirements." Ryan "Lazer" Malone traveled with us for a couple of years and saw the best of times dive into the worst of times for our band. We met him way back in 2005 when we did our first national tour as freshmen15 with his old band Calls From Home. Lazer had played drums and done a lot of sound system setup/ work on that tour, so when Jay left we got in touch with him to see if he wanted to go out with us. Having that guy around was one of the best things ever. I guess it was our band's thing to introduce sound guys to their future loves though, because just like Jaybird flew the coup for a lady, Lazer ended up meeting a really cool gal (who happened to record a little violin track for Carry You) and leaving the road to pursue her.
Sound guys...can't live with 'em and can't hear...with 'em...without 'em...neither.
...?

From a production/songwriting stand point, this was around the time that Dave's programming abilities really started to blossom. You can definitely hear the older drum sounds, but these were just meant to be demos. The sounds floating around in this song (especially the bridge and the end) are really cool in my opinion.
-Matt

lyrics

There's a light that's shining up ahead,
darkest night surrounds us now.
Side by side, we're marching to our fate.
Can we make it through, somehow?
Or are we too far gone?

Will we live and die by this?
Oh no!

There are wars and warring rumours;
Where my brothers, should we stand?
No one can stop me, for now I carry
both gun and cross in hand.

There's a soul inside my enemy,
who am I to take his life?
Face to face, he's just a man like me.
Is the call of love to fight?
Are we too far gone?

Will we live and die by this?
Oh no!

There are wars and warring rumours;
Where my brothers, should we stand?
No one can stop me, for now I carry
both gun and cross in hand.

There's a soul inside my enemy.

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from Something Like Fiction: The Lost Album​(​s), released January 15, 2013
2009 Dave Stovall, Matt Lott, Seth Farmer, Ryan Coon, & Jaime Hays

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