This is about terrorism and the forces of destructive people against those that long for a a time of peace. Specifically, it's a response to the attacks by terrorist on September 11, 2001 against the United States. It also refers to the response of hate against hate and the hope that those who desire peace can have a positive effect on others.
Suggestion credit: Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Originally meant as an instrumental, the lyrics were later added after the events of 9/11.
V. from New Orleans, LaNo one has mentioned the lyrics about the Tarot cards. There's a lovers, tower, sword, time, justice, hanged man, etc. cards. Peart is just a genius and I would not know how to start to put meaning to his incredible deep lyrics.
Jayden from Perth, AustraliaI love the heavy riff in the bridge of Peaceable Kingdom. It's just one song you gotta crank, and really adds to the dark emotive in the song.
Jason Vaikasas from Uni-verse, AustraliaThe Song is not a response to anything but perhaps a warning.
Richie from Pearland, Txi love this song. It shows the bands heavy side. this song is about the world and peace.
Jaakko from Pudasjärvi, FinlandI'm with John, the "talk about peaceable kingdom" chorus is great, the bass line fits in perfectly.
Ray from Roseville, MiThe lines "Swords against the kingdom Time against the tower" says it all.
John from Asheville, NcI like this song quite well. It's not a favorite from Vapor Trails but I like the dynamic at work here just the same. Love, especially, the "talk of a peaceable kingdom" chorus...segueing into the heavy riffage..."Justice against the hanged man."
Dillon from Bismarck, NdI think this is one of the best songs to turn up just a little bit louder than the rest of the songs you listen to. I just suddenly got the idea that this song would be a good one to listen to loudly, and that's what I do every time it comes on now =-)