LISTEN UP, SIT UP STRAIGHT, THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU’LL GET A BREAK
SITTING STILL AIN’T SUCH A BITTER PILL FOR GOODNESS SAKE
FOR 12 YEARS AND IT WON’T BE THE LAST TIME
AND I SHAKE EVERY TIME THAT I THINK IT THROUGH
OBEDIENCE WAS THE GOLDEN RULE

AIM SO LOW THAT YOU CAN’T MISS YOUR MARK
AND YOU PLAY THE PART SO LONG
YOU FORGOT WHAT YOU ARE

HAD SOME FRIENDS, PLAYED IT STRAIGHT, IN THE END THEY STARTED TO RESIST
THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD IT NEARLY BROKE THEIR WRISTS
AND NOW THOSE WRISTS ARE SLIT
AND IT HURTS EVERY TIME THAT I THINK IT THROUGH
THAT WE LEARN TO EXPECT TO LOSE

AND CAN YOU WALK AWAY CAN YOU WALK ALONE
CAN YOU RAISE YOUR FIST AND STAND UP ON YOUR OWN
CAN’T LET THEM PULL THE STRINGS, THEY’VE HELD YOU WAY TOO LONG
CAN’T LET THEM TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK


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    General Commenti'm not completly sure what this songs about. I never really tried to figure it out. But It doesn't matter that much because this is a very very good song. Dillinger Four are one of my favorite bands and this may not be one of their best songs, but it is one of my personal favorites.
    teenagefuckupon June 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthings in quotes are lyrics
    things not in quotes are my comments
    puzzle any confusions out by yourself

    "LISTEN UP, SIT UP STRAIGHT, THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU’LL GET A BREAK"
    (Obviously here, d4 is talking about school. We all learn in school that to sit in such a way is the "only way to get a break", because it is the "only way to learn")
    "SITTING STILL AIN’T SUCH A BITTER PILL FOR GOODNESS SAKE "
    (Sarcasm here. D4 aren't too big on sitting around listening when they could be actually experiencing things. It's sad that we have to sit still--
    "FOR 12 YEARS AND IT WON’T BE THE LAST TIME"
    --the twelve years is all the way to the end of high school, and even after you sit if you want to get ahead in life. If you don't sit in college classes, then you don't get a good job, you don't advance in life. It's sad that those that sit still, doing nothing, can get ahead in this world where those that are out in the real world, working and experiencing life, cannot.)
    "AND I SHAKE EVERY TIME THAT I THINK IT THROUGH
    OBEDIENCE WAS THE GOLDEN RULE"
    (Obedience is the one thing we are taught above all, from day one. The difference between teacher and friend, adult and kid. It seems wrong that this should be the command to be followed above all. Shouldn't we follow our own hearts?)
    "AIM SO LOW THAT YOU CAN’T MISS YOUR MARK"
    ("Aim so low...mark." is talking about the watered down standards of average American public education. Did you know that in some European countries, public education is better than private? Appealing to the lowest common denominator in schooling is wrong. If a bright child is forced to sit in class, must they also be forced to learn under their ability?)
    "AND YOU PLAY THE PART SO LONG
    YOU FORGOT WHAT YOU ARE "
    (You are told that schooling matters, the way you spend most of your early, formative years is important. You are told this so frequently that you fall into their system of materialism, where you must get a good job, must get lots of money, must get lots of stuff. Is that the only use for your education? To earn money?)
    "HAD SOME FRIENDS, PLAYED IT STRAIGHT, IN THE END THEY STARTED TO RESIST "
    (The story of growing up. All kids start out caring about grades, in the end, many do not. They discover that they don't like the schooling system, or they've found better ways to keep themselves happy.They fight the establishment, because now they can think for themselves.)
    "THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD IT NEARLY BROKE THEIR WRISTS, AND NOW THOSE WRISTS ARE SLIT "
    (They tried to carry all the unwanted responsibilities that were shoved on them by the educational system, and couldn't. They were raised to believe that if they failed at school, they have failed in life, so they killed themselves.)
    "AND IT HURTS EVERY TIME THAT I THINK IT THROUGH
    THAT WE LEARN TO EXPECT TO LOSE"
    (we are taught that, even if we play it safe, play it as good as we can, do all the things that are required to get ahead in life, we most likely still will fail. This is horrible! We are taught pessimism in the guise of realism, taught to settle for our lesser dreams...taught that we won't get what we want.)
    "AND CAN YOU WALK AWAY CAN YOU WALK ALONE
    CAN YOU RAISE YOUR FIST AND STAND UP ON YOUR OWN?"
    (Can you back away from the path that "education" has laid for you? Can you find your own way?)
    "CAN’T LET THEM PULL THE STRINGS, THEY’VE HELD YOU WAY TOO LONG
    CAN’T LET THEM TELL YOU WHAT TO THINK"
    (Puppeteers (the teachers, the bosses, the authority figures) control the puppet (you), but the strings also support it. A comfortable slavery is still slavery, so can you support yourself, live by your own rules, and be free?)





    saviorcomplexon July 03, 2002   Link

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