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Thrice Image Of The Invisible Lyrics

Last updated: 05/30/2013 07:33:14 PM

We're more than carbon and chemicals
We are the image of the invisible
Free will is ours and we can't let go
We are the image of the invisible
We can't allow this, the quiet cull
We are the image of the invisible
So we sing out this, our canticle
We are the image of the invisible

[Chorus:]
We all were lost now we are found
No one can stop us or slow us down
We are the named and we are known
We know that we'll never walk alone

We're more than static and dial tone
We are the image of the invisible
We're emblematic of the unknown
We are the image of the invisible
So raise the banner, bend back your bows
We are the image of the invisible
Remove the cancer, take back your souls
We are the image of the invisible

[Chorus]

Though all the world may hate us, we are named
The shadow overtake us, we are known

We're more than carbon and chemicals
Free will is ours and we can't let go
We are the image of the invisible
We're more than carbon and chemicals
We are the image of the invisible
Free will is ours and we can't let go
We are the image of the invisible
We can't allow this, the quiet cull
We are the image of the invisible
So we sing out this, our canticle
We are the image of the invisible

[Chorus x2]

Raise up the banner, bend back your bows
Remove the cancer, take back your souls





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Christian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/30/13

I believe that that the band ment for this to be a song about Christians. It's about oppression as well. Many times though history these two went hand in hand, such as the persecution of Christians by Nero. He killed thousands maybe millions of Christians. Christians should be thankful Constantine came along who persecuted in the name of Christ which still isnt right but it was better for Christians. Anyway, you also can't ignore the whole image of the invisible part. That can only point to God.

Enjoy it how you see it | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/30/12

i personally think whether you see it as a christian meaning or the meaning of the oppressed, it's a great song telling everyone to realize that free will is yours and no one can take that away from you! it also has a great powerful rhythym to make you feel as if to fight back. :)

Song can be taken in religious aspect. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/11/11

I can see why so many people argue about this song. At first glance, it seems like they're just representing the oppressed in general, but people aren't paying close attention to the wording nor are they asking, "if it does not mean (insert idea) then what does it mean?" The first line clearly disagrees with science. We are MORE than carbon and chemicals. It admits we are made of those substances but are more than the substances themselves. If anyone has taken more than just simple high school biology would know that anatomy and psychology just say that humans are just victims of their body chemistry. At this point you need to ask yourself, "If we are not just these chemicals as science says, then what are we made of" The answer is of your own personal opinion, of course. We are the image of the invisible. It could be figuratively speaking of the people who are not seen or it could be seen as a paraphrase of the old testament saying, "God made man in his image." God is unseen and therefore is invisible. The third line is obviously about free will. This is where most people get lost. According to the old testament, (which is also in Jewish and Islam scripture)God gave man the choice to believe in him or not (free will)the other part says and we can't let go. It does not say let go of it. So, it is not saying we cannot let go of free will. So, if it is not talking about letting go of free will, then what is it talking about? The next line answers we are the image of the invisible. So, it's saying we can't let go (or forget) of us being the image of the invisible. In the next line it says "We can't allow this, the quiet cull." It can be paraphrased into "We must not accept this quiet harvest." It does not say what is being harvested, though. It could be people or even souls according to this context. The next line does directly mention a religious aspect. A canticle is a religious hymn, or praise. So, according to this line, it's of praise and not rebellion (which is what it would be about if you were speaking against the mass to defend a smaller group). You can argue that they used this word for rhyme and rhythm. However, if they were going for rebellion, they could have said clarion call, made clarion into a triplet and call be a dotted quarter note (depending on the time signature) and that still would have worked. I am not going to further into breaking down, because that would take much more time. Bottom line, this song can be religious or be about defending the smaller person or group. Therefore, the meaning of this song is personal to each person who hear. The true ignorant people are the ones who are telling others that their opinion is wrong. So quit being hypocrites and telling the people who think differently than you that they are wrong and to just enjoy the song when you are not doing the same. The only person who knows the true meaning of this song is the person who originally wrote it.

Christian | Reviewer: Daveyjones | 6/29/11

Yes, it is a Christian song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbAjxltPmuI Thrice themselves made that video, it is religious. It is about Christians being taken into slavery just because they are Christians. Although they say the r not a Christian band, the lead singer has expressed his faith publicly and their songs have spiritual morals

Theme | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/11

The song has no religious undertones. Its about oppression, hence what you see in the music video. People in the video are rounded up and put into a prison by masked soldiers. Its almost referring to the Holocaust or perhaps the Russian Gulag, or all other similar scenarios really. The theme of the song is defiance of oppression. The Invisible/Lost are those who are being taken by the "quiet culling". Lines like "bend back your bow" and "take back your soul" mean fight back against the power. At the end of the music video they break free from the prison and "win".

Leave it to some Jesus-freak to completely misinterpret the meaning of something. Try pulling your head out of your @5$ and seeing things for what they really are on occasion, its great fun.

not christian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/11


We're more than carbon and chemicals
this may seem like the song is implying that we have souls but referring to chemicals and scientific proof is an argument of opposition. You cant simply claim to be more than the chemicals that apparently make you that is an intentionally weak argument.
Free will is ours and we can't let go
this line is very similar. You cant prove free will, it is God given. Saying it is ours and we CAN'T let go implies we believe to have it because we need to.
Other line like-
Though all the world may hate us, we are named
The shadow overtake us, we are known
show true meaning as opposed to other paralleled lines such as-
We are the named and we are known
We know that we'll never walk alone
and lets not forget how the song ends
Remove the cancer, take back your souls
god makes cancer, we don't need souls

Christian meaning? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/10

Yeah, I can say beyond almost a shadow of a doubt this is a Christian song, but Thrice is not a Christian band.
"Image of the invisible". it's from the bible. the invisible is God. we are made in God's image. Hence, we are the image of the invisible.
"we all were lost and we are found." i once was lost, but now i'm found. (I) was blind, but now I see.
"emblematic of the unknown." unknown referring to God? again, we are (as Christians) supposed to represent God. Not be God, but people are supposed to see christ thru us.
"we know that we'll never walk alone." God's always with us. Easy.
"Though all the world may hate us..." Easy. A lot of the world hates Christians. And it's said that people will hate us.
"Raise up the banner, bend back your bows... remove the cancer, take back your souls." Raise a standard against Satan. Bend your bows back against him. Remove Satan (as a cancer) and take back your souls.

Great song. Vheissu is an insanely awesome album lyrically and musically.

Ignorance | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/7/10

Considering the root of all music stems from the original ballads and poetry that entertained countless multitudes before the first note was stuck on any instrument, you can not just try and appreciate lyrics as an after thought. Do you seriously think that the song came before the lyrics? The entire song IS the lyrics. Music is an art form and art is about expression not entertainment, so it is very important to receive some thing from the music or else why even listen in the first place you would just be wasting effort.

-REVIEW NAME HERE- | Reviewer: Pseudonymous Mac | 9/10/10

Why can't you just sit back and enjoy it? Who cares where the inspiration comes from, really? The song is quite deliberately vague, you know. All the best songs are. I maybe sometimes consider the themes behind it, but I've always stuck to the principle that the music speaks for itself. Sure, some poetic or thoughtful lyrics do help, but lyrics work around the song, not the other way round. Personally, I think we should pay more attention to the song itself, not the lyrics bolted on.

Homosexuality | Reviewer: Ashlie | 7/18/10

Well, I've never really seen it as a Christian song, but I can see it as referring to homosexuality. It has an intensity to it that I associate with coming out of the closet in a world full of homophobic people (not to say that everyone is homophobic).

"We are more than carbon and chemicals" ---> some homophobes (if they're REAL jerks) might go so far as to say that homosexuals are not even real people.
"Free will is ours and we can't let go" ----> gay rights.
"We can't allow this, the quiet cull" ----> discrimination/harassment of homosexuals.
"Though all the world may hate us, we are named" ----> coming out of the closet and everyone despises you for it, and yet you feel at peace with yourself because you've finally decided to be true to yourself.

So, yeah, that's just my view on the song's meaning. It's a pretty epic song regardless of how it was intended to be understood.

Congratulations. | Reviewer: TheReal | 5/13/10

A huge sound with huge meaning! An enormous step up for the Thrice guys. Really deserving a commendment for this album. Ans especially for this song, touching on a vital issue of great importance is not always easy but they nailed it.

Yep it's true | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/10

They are definitely a Christian Band guys- After seeing them and talking to them at warped tour i know this. Stefan is right lol "The world will hate us", this whole chat is just evidence of people denying the truth in light of what it is, Jesus.

Genral message | Reviewer: hmm | 4/13/10

I simply believe that it is stating that people are more than just pawns in a game. Being the image of the invisible i believe is referring to the physical body and the thinking, feeling mind/spirit.(not in a christian context) It is also trying to have people redeem their past actions and stand up for what is right and just.

Caecus Silva | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/13/10

I simply believe that it is stating that people are more than just pawns in a game. Being the image of the invisible i believe is referring to the physical body and the thinking, feeling mind/spirit.(not in a christian context) It is also trying to have people redeem their past actions and stand up for what is right and just.

Listen carefully! | Reviewer: Stefan | 3/8/10

With all the discussion about whether the lyrics are Christian or not, the central message is missed. The statement that "we are the image of the Invisible" is not the point, but is an argument that we should imitate Christ by defending the poor and oppressed. As the image of the invisible God, every person deserves just treatment.
Psalm 146: 7-8 "He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly."
Micah 6:8 "He has showed you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
If you want to serve God, do that which pleases Him. Take a stand for those who can't stand on their own. This is your call to action.