Tolerance – Song and Lyrics by 10,000 Maniacs

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Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Tolerance’ by 10,000 Maniacs. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of 10,000 Maniacs or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

The still and silence is torn with violence.
A loud breaking sound in the night is made.
Hear it grow, hear it fade.
The sound you’re hearing, the sound you’re fearing
Is the hate that parades up and down our streets, coming within bounds and within reach.

Now, inside the place we hide away, we hear it near and hope it turns away.
Turn away…

There’s something seething in the air we’re breathing.
We learn slash and burn is the method to use.
Set a flame, burn it new.
We’re overpowered.
We kneel, we cower, we cover our heads.
Feel the threat of blows that will come and the damage that will be done in its wake.

Now, inside this place we hide away, we hear it near although it’s miles away.
We hear it near and hope it turns away.
Turn away…

This house divided, we live inside it.
Hate’s dwelling place is behind our door in fitful nights.
Hear it walk the floor and hear it rave as it moans and drags along its ball and chain,
As it moves through this house it can’t escape.

Now inside this place we hide away.
We hear it near and hope it turns away.
Turn away….