AZLyrics . album: "To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere" (2016) Hurricane. About “The Long Defeat” 1 contributor Dustin told Alternative Press and Relevant magazine: It’s named after an idea that Tolkien talked about a lot and wove through some of his stories. The modern sense of the expression seems to derive from J. R. R. Tolkien, who used it in The Lord of the Rings to refer to the long struggle against the evil forces of Morgoth and, later, of Sauron.
The phrase itself, “we have fought the long defeat,” can seem fatalistic or pessimistic, more akin to a Libertarian bumper sticker than a life-guiding principle. In The Long Defeat, Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. The Long Defeat is a phrase denoting an apparently impossible but noble battle.

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Thanks to Yunis F, Mark M for correcting these lyrics. Together we'll fight the long defeat Together we'll fight the long defeat Together we'll fight the long defeat Submit Corrections. Certainly Tolkien, who was orphaned as a child and lost many of his good friends in World War I, had some pessimistic tendencies and meant this phrase on the largest possible scale. Writer(s): Dustin Michael Kensrue, Edward Carrington Breckenridge, Teppei Teranishi, James Riley Breckenridge.