Andrew Bird - Scythian Empires Lyrics




Five day forecast bring black tar rains and hellfire
while handpicked handler's kid gloves tear at the inseams
their Halliburton attaché cases are useless
while scotch guard Macintoshes shall be carbonized
now they're offering views of exiting empires
such breathtaking views of Scythian empires

Scythian empires, horsemen of the Russian steppe
Scythian empires, archers of an afterthought
Routed by Sarmatians, thwarted by the Thracians
Scythian empire

Scythian empires, exiting empires
Scythian empires, exiting empires
Routed by Sarmatians, thwarted by the Thracians
Scythian empire
Kings of Macedonia, Scythian empire





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  1. 1275638a

    Its called Scythian Empires

  2. Chadwick Jones

    It's actually Empires, not Empire

  3. Nate Bramlette

    This song is what happens when modernity and antiquity collide.

  4. Alexander Lemieux

    32 Thracians listened to this song

  5. Nalany Resek

    This is the only reason i come to YouTube.

    Chris Ligon

    Nalany Resek this guy gets it

  6. iyers

    I'd like the song a lot more if he pronounced Scythian correctly... 😑https://youtu.be/QhDTK1Qf3EM

  7. MegaSnippezz

    I prefer this version than the one on Fingerlings, I just wish it was on Spotify!

  8. Brandon Poll

    This song is perhaps best listened to from atop a conceptual horse somewhere in a deserted Eurasian Steppe. Or Wherever you happen to be works too.

    Phil McIntosh

    what kind of headphone? are you thinking a wall of speakers like a 1980s rock concert? do tell

  9. Imre Balazs

    I am Magyar

  10. Imre Balazs

    I am Hun

  11. Imre Balazs

    I am scythian

  12. robert shelton

    heard this first time by a fellow listener with some of same values as me on the app radio paradise (the music app ever invented) think he gave this a 10... i see why so i wrote down his faves and goin to give more listens

  13. Deltaworks23

    Civ 6 brought me here. Damn you, Tomyris!

  14. Tankie Sinatra

    when you don't declare war on every surrounding civilization so tomyris and gorgo publicly denounce you and invade your cities

    Kevin Milner

    Alexander, friend of Tomyris: I don't approve of you not being at war with someone.
    Me: declares war on Tomyris
    Alexander: Good, good, lets declare friendship!

  15. ShadeClanPvP

    Hype for civ 6!

    Jujubeets

    The comment section will be flooded with civ references in two months. Calling it.

    robertdanielmaher

    When I saw that the Scythians were going to be in Civ VI I immediately thought of this song :-)

  16. Maura Cabral

    Adam &Mia. #Gayleforman.

  17. Aurora Arias V

    Where she went <3

  18. Georgia P

    where she went' brought me here, and i'm glad. :)

  19. István Lakatos

    Hallgassanak meg egy dalt a Szkíták birodalmáról!

  20. Kağan Sağlık

    dediği hiçbir şeyi anlamadasam da çok harika bir şarkı.

  21. nocaster4747

    One of my favorites by him...probably his best album too

    Mark M

    +nocaster4747 Yes, it is in fact his best album.

    Nick

    +Mark M Mysterious Production of eggs for me, but this and weather systems tie for #2

  22. Fat to Fierce

    There was an other version of this song on his myspace page back in probably 2007? It was a lot better, in my opinion, and I can't find it anywhere!

    silverprincessstar

    @John Watson fan Is this the one? I love the song and used it for a stupid drama class montage.... I actually like this one better to! :-) vimeodotcomslash10100227

    silverprincessstar

    @Taylor Lynn Is this the one? I love the song and used it for a stupid drama class montage.... I actually like this one better to! :-) vimeodotcomslash10100227

    dekkeravesque

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pMSLXDObfs

    Jim Jones

    Ask Tom

  23. Mishayla Roland

    You guys should really put a thumbs up this is my fave song ever from yours but I like all of them

  24. Miranda Guerra

    Where she went

  25. T Williams

    It's certainly not the budgie on the cover that will forever connect me to this song.  It's most likely the melody.  The lyrics are an afterthought (an intellectually thought provoking afterthought no less).  This is the most beautiful song that I've ever heard.  If it weren't so garish and cliche to request songs to be played at one's funeral, my will would stipulate that this song end the ceremony.  Thank you Andrew.  I sincerely thank you.  Your art means more to me and many others than you'd could ever imagine.  

    Mark M

    +T Williams That's not a budgie. That's Andrew dressed as a budgie. ;)

  26. Nora Katniss

    adam & mia

    Büşra Sezer

    Kalpkalppp

  27. CidRusty

    Manchester UK....

    Music capital of the world

  28. CidRusty

    Come to Manchester soon please.

  29. harold Brooks

    Five day forecast bring black tar rains and hellfire
    while handpicked handler's kid gloves tear at the inseams
    their Halliburton attaché cases are useless
    while scotch guard Macintoshes shall be carbonized
    now they're offering views of exiting empires
    such breathtaking views of Scythian empires

    Scythian empires, horsemen of the Russian steppe
    Scythian empires, archers of an afterthought
    Routed by Sarmatians, thwarted by the Thracians
    Scythian empire

    Scythian empires, exiting empires
    Scythian empires, exiting empires
    Routed by Sarmatians, thwarted by the Thracians
    Scythian empire
    Kings of Macedonia, Scythian e

    Александр Хирешев

    Where are the rest of the lyrics?

  30. Henry Lombardi

    I listen to this while playing Greece on Civ 5. Crazy how fitting it is.

    Ultra Podcast

    Dem City-States!

    Yo Mama

    Greece the movie-or news? The movie, I see- the news, in timing

    Yanninho

    You will be able to play Scythia in Civ 6 listening to this song !

  31. Brisa García

    \*o*/ 

  32. StickandRuddur

    I am here because I was searching for information on the ancient kingdom of Scythia. Best. Misclick. Ever.

  33. Alex Schlough

    Oh wow that's sweet! Thanks a lot!

  34. Cody Maines

    watch?v=u91ChTYqOGU It was from fingerlings 3

  35. Goujo Goujo

    Can't Troll here... the music unburdens.

  36. giovanni forin

    this song is just too much...

  37. silvia alexandra

    We must find this version.

  38. Todd Plummer

    "their Halliburton attache cases shall be carbonized" - such a great lyric! Love this song. According to iTunes, I've listened to it more than any other in my library of over 10,000 songs. Guess I'm a fan.

    Michael Bender

    Funny though, that's not quite what the lyric is... :)

  39. Jaime Peterson

    Nickleback

  40. Alex Schlough

    Yeah, that's a really great video. Thanks for sharing

  41. Raju Joseph

    could be this one. It is from 2007: ?v=lNyhpXG6T4E
    It is not an official video hence a bit blurry. The intro on the violin is oh...so... much....fun...

  42. andrea henry

    HI IM SELLING TWO ANDREW BIRD TICKETS FOR THE 11TH IN NYC

  43. Benjamin _grey

    hey love this song

  44. 3bjhowie

    You must be pretty hip.

  45. RipSTXiceman

    If anyone can give me the tabs or note music of the little piano intro I would greatly appreciate it.

  46. CidRusty

    His love is noise

  47. Alex Schlough

    Nowhere to be found anymore?

  48. carol jordan

    Andrew is a wonderful alternative to the crap crap crappy music out there. ))))

  49. Matthew Walker

    this is probably my least-favorite andrew bird album. there's a few songs, including this one, that i love, but for the most part it just isn't for me. i need to try to change that!

  50. SaladofStones

    If I'm going to insult someone, I'm going to adjust my grammer and spelling to their worth. As you can see, they are not worthy my tyme.

  51. SaladofStones

    Except you posted that to get thumbs up faget

  52. AnImaginedChild

    this is completely beautiful; ive found my new artist to obsess over. <3

  53. Spartanof2012

    Is he singing "routed by some Acheans" or "routed by Sarmatians"

  54. Joelynn Ross

    Please listen to Philip Glass violin concerto 2nd movement. You will not be disappointed.

    Yvonne Burgess

    Also his v2 Schneider

  55. chihuahuasarecute123

    this music is so amazing. i found andrew bird from short films from a huge fan. so far i'm obsessed with his music. it's so disturbingly calming. right when u think it will be fast it's slow and whn u think itll be slow its fast. i just love it. such deep lyrics to it and everythig. he's awesome at whistlling. :)

  56. Spartanof2012

    Every time i hear this song want to play Rome Total War lol

  57. TheDeerFolk

    I love my youtube suggestion column. <3

  58. Ayman Haroun

    @BEYADEHVATAN it's about more than that - it's about the impermanence of our "great civilizations". at the end of the day we're all humans and we must accept the mortality of our society because we are imperfect. this song is not sad - rather, it's an answer to those who are bursting with pride at the greatness of any society in the world. "exiting empires" , as if they're all just taking their turn to exit the freeway. look at how great the scythian empire was and look at them now.

  59. John Cunningham-Elder

    @PeteOnRunescape
    Except that you're getting thumbs up by deriding those same people. Love AB, just saying.

  60. Cropduster777

    Lol this song is about how the US lost the Iraq War

  61. fuentcent

    Dude why can I not just find the original version to this song does anybody know what I'm talking about? It is where he is whistling in the intro and stuff, please for the love of god where can I find the original I'm not saying this version of the song is bad but just tell me where the ORIGINAL IS!!!!!!!

  62. Taran Elijah

    This is seriously my favorite Andrew Bird song. I don't understand why it's not more popular.

  63. thisisrlynotmyname

    @BirdieButter audiophile? youtube? lol.

  64. Jake Wright

    that's not an owl...it's a parakeet.

  65. Xualá Tobal

    PERFECTION.

  66. Guidance Fromafar

    is andrew bird an owl?

  67. Mike Slice

    4 people can't hear

  68. onthewaterr

    This song makes my journey through life just that much better.

  69. Feygeass

    Oh,do I love the album cover

  70. Hugo Freutel

    Great song!

  71. Dhar504

    he sounds exactly like mark kozelek in this....

  72. shiro-

    i will scotch-guard your macintosh!

  73. yebhx

    @cheeseUout Yup, laughing at their fans.

  74. cheeseUout

    @yebhx while you're ridiculing them for their unoriginality, they're laughing all the way to the bank

  75. phoenix-force411

    This song I like very much. It's sort of soothing.

  76. BirdieButter

    @speeches Do you mean woman, relax? Go relax yourself.

  77. Cody Williams

    @eoipa RIGHT?? fucking ridiculous.

  78. Barry McCarthy

    so sorry for you loss :(

  79. eoipa

    How the fuck are there comments about Nickleback on a Andrew Bird song, good god.

  80. scott h

    I think of strolling hills covered in pine, horses galloping, ancient meteor showers when I hear this song.

  81. yebhx

    @Jose5k they were brought up in the comments a year ago when I watched this the first time

  82. Jose5k

    @yebhx this is true, but what does it have to do with this song? O.o

  83. Narcissus Weeps

    Brilliant lyrics by Andrew Bird

    Five day forecasts bring black tar rains and hellfire
    While handpicked handler's kid gloves tear at the inseams
    Their Halliburton attaché cases are useless
    While Scotch-Guard Macintoshes shall be carbonized
    Now they're offering views of exiting empires
    Such breathtaking views of Scythian empires

  84. Jsmyth259

    @csycica really? or are you trolling?

  85. flannery98

    Love this end of the world.

  86. ANeonTiger

    This song is awesome

  87. spooninspoon

    I don't smoke weed but when I listen to this I feel high =)

  88. redemptionredeemed

    I just love it when at 1:44 the music goes down and at 1:52, a faint rhythm starts at the background (a sort of a metallic sound), right before the whistling starts.. Wow, awesome..!!!

  89. Nico

    @PACKSrock331 omg you're so right

  90. A Darker Breed

    @yebhx actually they changed it up, now they're releasing motley crue songs over and over.

  91. Damnit Anna

    ive only recently started listening to him. can you believe it took me 17 years?! absolutely brilliant. i will be seeing live soon :D

  92. 360burner

    one of those songs i wouldnt like anymore if they played it on radio too often

  93. Eric Newmister

    @yebhx You can literally post this as a comment to any music video and people will vote it to one of the top comments.

  94. Derek Browning

    just felt like sharing it. I was sitting down listening to this album.

  95. juliadrum

    @yebhx
    OMG YES!

  96. Molly Reed

    andrew bird plays the most beautiful music i've ever heard.

  97. Sassafrasican

    @Frenchieflowers that is EXACTLY spot on!

  98. Krishan Gupta

    beautiful song. Makes me yearn for the past so much.