Key Entity Extraction V:
Sentry the Defiant
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Appears On The Afterman: Descension
Track 2
Length 5:17
Written By Claudio Sanchez
Produced By Coheed And Cambria
Michael Birnbaum
Chris Bittner
Preceded By Pretelethal
Followed By The Hard Sell

Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant is the second song on the 2013 album The Afterman: Descension. A video featuring Claudio Sanchez performing the song solo with an acoustic guitar was uploaded to Coheed and Cambria's official Youtube channel on February 13, 2012.

Lyrics

Believer, your spotlight on the subject so incorrect
And suggestion, suggests that I am someone who you should not respect
Oh you wear your façade so well
Covered up in a plastic shell
You're a liar to everyone around you just don't forget

Face the honest truth
You were never you
Now be defiant, the lion
Give them a fight that will open their eyes
Hangman hooded, softly swinging
Don't close the coffin yet, I'm alive!
And it's homecoming
And it's homecoming

Can you remember, when there was no wrong in what I can do?
So young, biting off way more than I could chew
And then one day I grew too old
And my cares were now theirs to mold
Please accept this, as my resignation it's time to go

Face the honest truth
You were never you
Now be defiant, the lion
Give them a fight that will open their eyes
Hangman hooded, softly swinging
Don't close the coffin yet, I'm alive!
I'm alive

I will now bleed for what I believe in
No more mistakes for them to make for me
So goodbye, it's my time for me...

To be me

Face the honest truth
You were never you
I'll be defiant, the lion
Give them a fight that will open their eyes
Hangman hooded, softly swinging
Don't close the coffin yet, I'm alive!
I'm alive!
I'm alive!
I'm alive!

Meaning

In the coffee-table book published with some of the Special Editions, Claudio gave insight into how he came up with each track on the album. For this track, he wrote: 

"One evening, I got into an argument with our manager about something. I can't remember the details, whether he wanted me to try and write a hit or to be more clear in my lyrics or to just step out of my comfort zone during the writing process. I, on the other hand, felt I was already trying to do whatever it was with the material on this record. There was a baritone electric lying around the studio. I started to strum out the chord progression. The incident made me question the integrity of people who jump on the bandwagon with certain kinds of music because they are too consumed with what a scene dictates—or the financial aspect—to break out of the mold and do something they truly believe in. It's a reflection of what we, as a band create and how frustrating it was to have a person who believes in this thing we do as much as anyone, start to question whether what I was writing at the moment was good enough. It was a fleeting example of him playing devil's advocate, but it stuck with me."

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