A coat that serves as refuge. [Ron Henry]
Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov (1870-1924),
better known as Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution (1917)
and introduced (his brand of) Communism to the Soviets. [Chris Piuma]
"Metal shivs on wood"
The dictionary says "shiv"
is a Gypsy [and prisoner] term for a small knife. [Ron Henry]
* I always thought the definition included any long, thin piece
of metal. As such, couldn't "metal shivs on wood" be
train tracks? [billg3man]
"There's a splinter in your eye"
This alludes to the Biblical proverb,
Luke 6:41: "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's
eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
"the statues for harboring ghosts"
That is, the memorials to dead
heroes. [Ron Henry]
"Reddened their necks"
Perhaps a pun on "rednecks",
a disparaging term for Southern white rural laborers (or their
ilk); also perhaps "red" as in "Communist".