We want a band that plays loud and hard every night
And doesn't care how many people are counted at the door
That would travel one million miles and ask for nothing more than a plate of food and a place to rest
They'd strike chords that cut like a knife
It would mean so much more than t-shirts or a ticket stub

They would stop at nothing short of a massacre
Everyone would leave with the memory that there was no place else in the world
And this was where they always belonged
We would dance like no one was watching
With one fist in the air
Our arena just basements and bookstores across an underground America
With this fire we could learn
With this fire we could...
Two, three, four

Just give me a scene where the music is free
And the beer is not the life of the party
And there's no need to shit talk or impress
'Cause honesty and emotion are not looked down upon
And every promise that's made and bragged
Is meant if not kept
We'd do it all because we have to, not because we know why
Beyond a gender race and class, we could find what really holds us back

Let's make everybody sing
That they are the beginning and ending of everything
That we all are stronger than everything they taught us that we should fear


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    General CommentThis song has the most amazing lyrics ever. it makes me want to start a band and never quit.
    mattius_poopshoveleron September 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the greatest song I've ever listened to. Hell, just the name makes me love it. I'm attempting to start a band and would love nothing more to live by this song. Just sucks 'cause I don't think I can manage just playing for plate of food and place to rest, but apparently Against Me! has and if that's not enough to earn your respect, not much is.
    STFon October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFuck this song kick ass! But i think the lyrics are wrong
    I think it should be

    Just give me a scene where the music is free
    And the beer is not the life of the party
    There's no need to shit talk or impress
    'Cause honsety and emotion are not looked down upon
    And every promise that's made and bragged Is meant if not kept
    audiokarat3on April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song kicks ass. There is nothing more to say about it. Download/Buy it. Listen to it. Know it. Love it.
    vtmatton April 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's all about the hizzouse baby. None of you will ever see the hizzouse (unless you do), but it is this project that my friends and I coordinated.... and it is a killer hang out/jam place, and this song explains it, and the unity that helped build it, and the unity we purvey now! Rock da hizzouse, yo! (we don't like rap either, just a funny play on stuff, you know, yeah...)
    h3rbivor3on May 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song has A LOT to do wth axl rose. because he is the opposite of what this song is about, pretty much. and yeah, this song just makes you want to start a band.
    sexin77on June 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song explains against me! i saw them 2 years ago for the first time in a venue smaller than my room and for $3 they sang this song and everyone knew the lyrics.... chills were everywhere, against me is at the top of their game... unity thats all they were yelling between songs i have seen them about 4 times since and won't stop going to their shows AMAZING GROUP
    Lucero!Lucero!on April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. Just makes me wanna keep moshing. singing. dancing. yelling. jumping all night. Such awesome lyrics. <3

    2 3 4 !!!!!
    Gutteron April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would copy the lyrics here, and tell you what i think about each one, but that would take to long.

    Our arena just basements and bookstores across an underground America.

    Love it, The best shows i have been to are small venues and house shows. I have been to big tours, and little concerts. i will pay 5 bucks any day.

    We want a scene where the music is free
    And the beer is not the life of the party

    ITS ABOUT THE MUSIC!
    humanmanon August 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song, too bad they sell their cds at walmart now.
    LevitateMeon December 06, 2005   Link

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