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The Shins

The Rifle's Spiral (3:29)

Vocalist James Mercer sings on this electronica-flexed slice of indie-folk. "One Dead land's collided. You pour your life down the rifle's spiral and show us you've earned it." He explained the lyric during an interview on the NPR radio network: "I was thinking about religious violence and what it must be like to be in a situation where it seems that your fate has brought you to battle."

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Dead lungs command it.
You pour your life down the rifle's spiral
And show us you've earned it.
Cleric's fog will recede right before your eyes.

The Shins - The Rifle's Spiral Lyrics


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  • Haven't heard Mercer's voice in like forever, oh memories...
  • holy schmauzer
  • @pascoal91 wtf are you talking about, this whole album is amazing.
  • :)
  • It's always a bit disappointing when an album opens with its best track. It gets your hopes up for the rest of it and then you wind up disappointed. [2]
  • I kinda agree with JML897, but the whole album didn't disappoint me at all, even though this is the best song in the album.
  • this song is so fucking amazing
  • Better than Simple Song.
  • like this? like this -> http://rotherwood.bandcamp.com/album/lonely-lights-of-london
  • Very bad introduction track from an otherwise great record :/

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