I see you clinging, stereotyping just to feel comfort, just to belong
Desperate for meaning to make sense of your life
Let me try to make you understand...
You got it wrong

You're not gonna catch me waving flags over my head
Looking straight and standing tall
I refuse to build the wall by adding my own bricks
That separate us all

I'd rather die than be a part of your pride

This ain't the homeland they've written books on
Never have been there, how would you know
Following footsteps that will get you nowhere
And living by some rules that were made up one hundred years ago

You're not gonna find me digging through my family tree
Just to find out who I am
I don't need to know that I'm linked to some murderer
To live on the same land

I'd rather die than be a part of your pride

So it looks like I'll be here for a long time now
Some things are better left mysteries
Can't change the future when living in the past
So do what you want and I'll decide my own history

Lyrics submitted by oofus

Pride song meanings
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    General CommentWe are all just people, no matter what land mass we live on. All the pride we have that makes us different than each other does so by building walls between us. Once you have those walls, every different group with their own pride will fight about how they are better than the other or how another is weaker. Who wants to be apart of that? When it comes down to it, we are all just people, all the same. Hiding behind your stereotypes gets you no where and is hurtful to people.
    muzakluveron September 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me think of anti-flag. although the message seems a bit extreme (to possess no pride for your heritage), it can be taken on a more moderate scale to be an excellent point. our pride turns into egoism and ruins the best of us. applied to current affairs it makes an interesting point, where we are now at a high-time for american pride. to what extent does the american flag represent peace and democracy rather than military superiority and dominance over the weak?
    mbc4nyon April 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes
    midtowner86on June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song brings up a new point with sept. 11. I am sick of everyone discovering a brand new "pride" or patriotism for our country. Where was this patriotism before the death of hundreds of thousands. As for the song, it talks about how ones history does not affect the future or who you are. Stop living in the past or with some fake pride in your country.
    fez5on September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe dialogue in the beginning of the song is from American Beauty. Angela tells Jane the boy she likes is a freak and you know how it goes after that.

    And I don't think the message is extreme when telling you to cut all strings attaching you to your past, and to who you already were when you were born. I guess the point is to let go of all that history, all the division of classes and backgrounds and make your own path with total freedom. and if you cut the links to the past, you do it either way it is a good or bad past. so you let go of pride and shame or fear, you are yourself, new and free.
    lampadaon May 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnevermind, that dialogue is from another song.
    lampadaon May 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPride isn't just American pride dumbasses. It's also in race, like Mexican pride, Asian Pride, Irish Pride. Its like whats the point? You're taking pride in not being yourself and resorting to mob rules mentality. Taking pride in your heritage is rather pointless, cuz all it does is creates walls. People always point to racism, but that is a result of people taking too much pride in their ancestry and ethnicity
    epicmikenomoreon October 20, 2010   Link

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