Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums

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"Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums"
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Front Cover of the single
Promotional single by A Perfect Circle from the album eMOTIVe
Released September 28, 2004
Format CD
Genre Industrial rock
Length 5:36
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel
Producer(s) A Perfect Circle

"Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" is the tenth track on the album eMOTIVe by the American rock band A Perfect Circle. While the rest of the album is filled with covers of songs by earlier artists such as Marvin Gaye and Depeche Mode, "War Drums" is often regarded as a remix of "Pet", from the previous album, Thirteenth Step. However, on the aMOTION DVD commentary, Maynard James Keenan states that it is a second part of "Pet", a continuation. While the former refers to addiction, "War Drums" focuses on a political agenda. Mixed by Danny Lohner, the music is completely electronic and without any guitars, unlike "Pet".[1] The song was used in numerous trailers and tv spots for movies, tv shows and video games including Fantastic Four, The Taking of Pelham 123, Rage,[2] Missing, Gotham and House of Cards (U.S. TV series) in addition to the promo for UFC 167: St-Pierre vs Hendricks PPV.

Music video[edit]

The video of "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" is an animated video, which deals with a political topic.

The video begins with the classic peace symbol shaking and falling apart, and eventually falling from view. An oil derrick starts to turn, as blood slowly drips down the screen. In the next scene, a young boy climbing down from a tree meets a man who appears to be U.S. President George W. Bush riding a horse. The horse excretes a small Television, and trots away. The boy sits down and watches the TV, and slowly turns into a sheep, as a plane flies behind and drops bombs in the background. Next, Bush walks into a classroom, carrying a small television. He places it down on the teacher's desk, and destroys the student's books. The video continues on in this manner until halfway through, when we see Bush sailing on a sea of blood. He enters a city dressed as a Roman Emperor and riding a sheep-driven chariot. After a moment, he then appears in a tank. As he progresses through the city, televisions fall out of windows, forming a sort of road for Bush.

He then begins to march through the area, with a brigade of sheep following him. Televisions begin to form a high-walled corridor. As the sheep continue to march, one turns around, stands up, and begins to climb the buildings. As the sheep nears the top, another sheep stands up and marks him with an 'S' sign, which may indicate the lyric "Sedition" used in the song. An arm with a Republican elephant marked on it appears from the clouds, picks up the branded sheep, and throws him into a meat grinder. The animal emerges as a designer coat, and is then worn by a celebrity. In the next scene, two sheep stand up, and begin to kick down the television wall. These two sheep are then marked with the 'S' sign, and are impaled by two flags, marked 'Traitor'. The rest of the brigade follow Bush to a cliff, where he directs them over the edge into a blazing fire. George W. Bush's face then appears, with his eyes in a slow, hypnotizing fashion, apparently attempting to bring the viewer 'under his control'.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" - 5:36

In popular culture[edit]

The track was used in the trailer for Season 3 of the Netflix original series House of Cards. It was also used in The Taking of Pelham 123.


  1. ^ "Political perfect-ion!". NME. 2004-10-21. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  2. ^ Rage: Launch Trailer -

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