Behind The Lyrics: Xenocide
Hello, Eric here. This is another Behind The Lyrics article.
I’ve been moving through the Unspoken Words album with these posts, and up next is Xenocide.
Xenocide is actually the only Derelict song that features lyrical contributions from another member. Our old guitar player Daryl and I used to talk a lot about religion and war, particularly the Israel/Palestine situation. We decided to write a song about what it takes for people to go to war and view their opponents not as people like themselves, but as entities entirely separate and deserving only of death.
Although I knew much less about the conflict than I do now, I tried to make sure the lyrics could be read from the perspective of either side, or in fact from the perspective of any side fighting any war. The last line particularly applies to religious war, in which people view their cause as entirely just and holy, and their opponent’s cause as demonic and fundamentally wrong.
If you’re interested in these kinds of issues, check out this interesting documentary about religious conflict on VICE.com. “The Vice Guide to Belfast”:
Cut the tape, engage them
The Fathers are silent
All wisdom is absent
It’s a lie, another lie, for the millionth time
Criticize inhuman foreign genocides
Devour all other thinking forms of life
Disfigure the idol to dehumanize
Cannibalize our basic human rights
Initialize religious suicides
Preserve our kind through complete isolation
Battle lines are drawn out with impatience
Seen through your eyes, we’re God-damned parasites
And through your guise, we’ll build a scapegoat
Our answer is tested in blood
Our piousness outlasts your martyrdom