Lyrics

Linus Spare him the discipline
youíre gonna feel this in your head
drove it in on the crown

split your head with the guitar

itís a good thing you learned to love death
and I know how, to resurrect

a surface rivalry
a synthesis of three

find me in your closest sin
the thing you wish you had never been
frame my past like a dirty town
well I'm the storm cloud that's raining down

itís a good thing you learned what is best
that we're an old life I put to rest

a surface rivalry
a synthesis of three



Analysis

The Arrogant & Proud Man

Although he may initially disguise it, this manís touchy pride makes him very dangerous. Any perceived slight will lead to a vengance of overwhelming violence. You may say to yourself: "but I only only said such-and-such at a party, where everyone was drunk..." It does not matter. There is no sanity behind his overreaction, so do not waste time trying to figure him out. If at any point in your dealings with a person you sense an over-sensitive and overactive pride, flee. Whatever you are hoping for from him isnít worth it. (Robert Greene, the Laws of Power)

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The Hopelessly Insecure Man

This man is related to the proud and arrogant type, but is less violent and harder to spot. His ego is fragile, his sense of self is insecure, and if he feels himself deceived or attacked, the hurt will simmer. He will attack you in bites that will take forever to get big enough for you to notice. If you find you have deceived or harmed such a man, disappear for a long time. Do not stay around him or he will nibble you to death. (Robert Greene, the Laws of Power)

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Three Irish Proverbs

It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.

Better fifty enemies outside the house than one within.

Don't give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.

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Three Scottish Proverbs

A good tale never tires in the telling.

A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue.

A wise lawyer never goes to law himself.

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A Greek Tale

Linus was the son of Apollo and was considered the inventor of melody and rhythm. Linus taught music to his brother Orpheus and then to Heracles. His life was ended by Heracles, who killed Linus with his own lyre after he reprimanded Heracles for making errors.

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"Wrongs are often forgiven; but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weaknesses, which we are much more careful to conceal than crimes. Many a man will confess his crimes to a common friend, but I never knew a man who would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one."

- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope