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There will come a soldier
Who carries a mighty sword
He will tear your city down, o lei o lai o lord
O lei, o lai, o lei, o lord
He will tear your city down, o lei o lai o lord

There will come a poet
Whose weapon is his word
He will slay...


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    Mar 26th, 3:06pm report

    Considering that the band has said that the entire album is about looking back on an abusive relationship (specifically with one's family/parents), the soldier, poet and king, respectively, represent the different ways that other people can help someone move on from such a relationship, and how effective they are.

    The "soldier" represents the people who physically remove the victim from the abuser, and take away the tangible power they have over their victim. It's worth noting that "tear your city down" is first used with the soldier, and then repeated later, because even though the soldier "tore the city down", what it represents still stands in the victim's mind.

    The "poet" represents people who help the victim get over or move past their fear of their abuser. Ridicule and dissection are the most powerful tools to combat fear with, so to make sure the victim understands that the abuser no longer holds, and realistically didn't hold, as much power over them as they claimed, "slaying them with their tongue", has more impact than anything physically tangible.

    The "ruler" is the most important: it's the more kind-hearted people who fill the void the abuser used to hold. Friends who look after people who left abusive families, new lovers after abusive exes, overall people who demonstrate to the victim how they're SUPPOSED to be treated. The line "smeared with oil like David's boy" likens the importance of this person in breaking the cycle of abuse to a king chosen by a prophet (and thus by God himself) to ensure the kingdom's health.

    Then, after the three finally come together, the city is finally torn down, the old ruler deposed, and thus, the victim free to move on with their lives, which is celebrated with the upbeat second half with joyous chants of "O lay, o lord", which could either be seen as celebrations of the new ruler, or as vicious mockery of the old one (maybe both?), as the cycle is finally broken.


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    Mar 17th, 3:43am report

    I think it refers to the trinity the soldier is Jesus who worked between people, the poet is the holy spirit who whispers in your ear and the king is God who looks after us.


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    Jan 28th, 1:17pm report

    It is assumed that the soldier is joshua, who destroyed Jericho.
    The poet is king David, the person who wrote the psalms.
    The king is Jesus.


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    Jul 9th, 11:05 report

    Each paragraph describes a form of abuse, or oppression: the first, represented by the mighty soldier, resembles a military oppression; the second, represented by the poet, a cultural oppression; the third and last one is the trickiest one, because it is clearly represented by Jesus, but its described as a "ruler" not a "savior" so I think it's like this to symbolize a religious oppression. That's my take!


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    May 28th, 5:35am report

    The Soldier is Joshua from the Bible
    The Poet is David
    You have to read the Bible to get it instead of getting full info from websites. So you wouldn't ask questions like, "WHY IS HE GONNA TEAR OUR CITY DOWN?!" or something.

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    Jan 23rd, 1:42pm report

    I think it has to do with culture in the middle ages.
    A generic soldier, representing the combat skills and battles fought at the time.
    A generic poet, representing the power of literature, and how it grew fast in that time period.
    And a generic king, representing the religion of the time. The line "whose brow is laid in thorn", referring to the crown of thorns, and "David's boy", referring to Jesus.


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    Jul 24th, 2019 7:00am report

    Sounds like a Religious type of references, possibly to Jesus and maybe some other prophets from the Bible.

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