Where are all the stupid people from?
And how'd they get to be so dumb?
Bred on purple mountain range
Feed amber waves of grains
To lesser human beings, zero feelings

Blame it on
Human nature, mans destiny (mans destiny)
Blame it on the greediocracy (greediocracy)
Fear of God
The fear of change
The fear of truth

Add the Bill of Rights, subtract the wrongs
There's no answers
Memorize and sing star spangled songs
When the questions
Aren't ever asked
Is anybody learning from the past?
We're living in united stagnation

Father what have I done?
I took that 22
A gift to me from you
To bed with me each night
Kept it clean
Polished it well
Cherished every cartridge, every shell

Down, by the creek, under brush, under dirt
There's a carcass of my second kill
Down, by the park, under stone, under pine
There's a carcass of my brother William
Brother where, have you gone to?
I swear, I never thought I could
I see so many times
They told me to shoot straight
Don't pull the trigger, squeeze
That will insure a kill
A kill is what you want
A kill is why we breed

The Christians love their guns
The church and NRA
Pray for their salvations
Prey on the lower faiths

The story book's been read
And every line believed
Curriculum's been set
Logic is a threat
Reason searched and seized

Jerry spent some time in Michigan
A twenty year vacation, after all he had a dime
A dime is worth a lot more in Detroit
A dime in California, a twenty dollar fine

Jerry only stayed a couple months
It's hard to enjoy yourself while bleeding out the ass
Asphyxiation is simple and fast
It beats seventeen fun years of being someones bitch

Don't think (Stay)
Drink your wine (Home)
Watch the fire burn (Be)
His problems not mine (Safe)
Just be that model citizen

I wish I had a schilling
(For each senseless killing)
For every senseless killing
I'd buy a government
America's for sale
And you can get a good deal on it
(A good deal on it)
And make a healthy profit
Or maybe, tear it apart
Start with assumption
That a million people are smart
Smarter than one

Serotonin's gone
She gave up, drifted away
Sara fled, thought process gone
She left her answering machine on
The greeting left spoken sincere
Messages no one will ever hear

Ten thousand messages a day
A million more transmissions lay
Victims of the laissez faire
Ten thousand voices, a hundred guns
A hundred decibels turns to one
One bullet, one empty head
Now with Serotonin gone

The man who used to speak
Performs a cute routine
Feel a little patronized
Don't feel bad
They found a way inside your head
And you feel a bit misled
It's not that they don't care, yeah

The television's put a thought inside your head
Llike a Barry Manilow, jingle
I'd like, to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
A symphonic blank stare, yeah
It doesn't make you care (make you care)
Not designed to make you care (make you care)
They're betting you won't care (you won't...)

Place a wager on your greed
A wager on your pride
Why try to beat them when, a million others tried?

We are the whore
Intellectually spayed
We are the queer
Dysfunctionally raised

One more pill to kill the pain
One more pill to kill the pain
One more pill to kill the pain
Living through conformity

One more prayer to keep me safe
One more prayer to keep us warm
One more prayer to keep us safe
There's gonna be a better place

Lost the battle, lost the war
Lost the things worth living for
Lost the will to win the fight
One more pill to kill the pain

Na na na na na
La na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na na

The going get tough, the tough get debt
Don't pay attention, pay the rent
Next of kins pay for your sins
A little faith should keep us safe

Save us
The human, existence
Is failing, resistance
Essential, the future
Written off, the odds are
Astronomically against us
Only moron and genius
Would fight a losing battle
Against the super ego
When giving in is so damn comforting

And so we go, on with our lives
We know the truth, but prefer lies
Lies are simple, simple is bliss
Why go against tradition when we can
Admit defeat, live in decline
Be the victim of our own design
The status quo, built on suspect
Why would anyone stick out their neck?

Fellow members
Club "We've Got Ours"
I'd like to introduce you to our host
He's got his, and I've got mine
Meet the decline

We are the queer
We are the whore
Ammunition
In the class war
We are worker
We love our queen
We sacrifice
We're soilent green

We are the queer
We are the whore
Ammunition
In the class war


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  • +2
    General Comment"Where are all the stupid people from?
    And how'd they get to be so dumb?
    Bred on purple mountain range
    Feed amber waves of grains
    To lesser human beings, zero feelings "
    - our governernemt is slowly brainswashing us, feeding us on patriotism and masking the bad things about our nation. It's also brings up the idea that everyone seems so brilliant in school, then when they get out into the real world, they're are suddenly stupid.


    "Blame it on
    Human nature, mans destiny (mans destiny)
    Blame it on the greediocracy (greediocracy)
    Fear of God
    The fear of change
    The fear of truth "
    - These are the things that we should blame for the degeneration of the American nation, and their result, a fear of truth and change. Also, the line "man's destiny" is a mangling of the term manifest destiny - the idea from the pioneer period that it was America's job to settle everywhere we could. The greediocracy is what our democracy and capitalism has given us, a system in which everyone is in it for themselves.

    "Add the Bill of Rights, subtract the wrongs
    There's no answers
    Memorize and sing star spangled songs
    When the questions
    Aren't ever asked
    Is anybody learning from the past?
    We're living in united stagnation"
    - the bill of rights, subtracting the wrongs gives you nothing. This is another section about how we're brainwashed into never asking questions,m but singing along to the national songs

    Father what have I done?
    I took that 22
    A gift to me from you
    To bed with me each night
    Kept it clean
    Polished it well
    Cherished every cartridge, every shell
    - The American facination with weapons, also a comentary on the idea of our parents screwing us up in our childhood

    "Down, by the creek, under brush, under dirt
    There's a carcass of my second kill
    Down, by the park, under stone, under pine
    There's a carcass of my brother William
    Brother where, have you gone to?
    I swear, I never thought I could
    I see so many times
    They told me to shoot straight
    Don't pull the trigger, squeeze
    That will insure a kill
    A kill is what you want
    A kill is why we breed"
    - The government creating killing machines, telling young men that their purpose in life is to kill anyone who disagrees with us, even our own families, also, interesting that it was his second kill.

    "The Christians love their guns
    The church and NRA
    Pray for their salvations
    Prey on the lower faiths "
    -The fact that even if our government is supposed to seperate church and state, it still isn't. The powerful majorities in America are still abusing the minorities. also, they pray for their own salvation, serlfishly not thinking of everyone else

    "The story book's been read
    And every line believed
    Curriculum's been set
    Logic is a threat
    Reason searched and seized "
    - A modern day inquisistion, any ideas that are contrary to the government's arte sought out. The brainwashing begins in childhood, and don't anyone dare to question it.

    "Jerry spent some time in Michigan
    A twenty year vacation, after all he had a dime
    A dime is worth a lot more in Detroit
    A dime in California, a twenty dollar fine "
    - The inconsistency of drug laws in America, and (since NoFx is a major advocate of legalization) a comment on how they should cease to exist. A 20 year vacation is a jail sentence. An interesting note - this set begins 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the song - 4:20

    "Jerry only stayed a couple months
    It's hard to enjoy yourself while bleeding out the ass
    Asphyxiation is simple and fast
    It beats seventeen fun years of being someones bitch "
    - Jeryy was either killed in prison or killed himself, probably the latter. - It beats being someone's prison bitch and getting fucked in the bum.

    "Don't think (Stay)
    Drink your wine (Home)
    Watch the fire burn (Be)
    His problems not mine (Safe)
    Just be that model citizen "
    - This is governments message to only think of oneself and be apathetic. Also - the baground vocals say "Stay home be safe" - this is basically saying that there are subliminal messages everywhere.

    "I wish I had a schilling
    (For each senseless killing)
    For every senseless killing
    I'd buy a government
    America's for sale
    And you can get a good deal on it
    (A good deal on it)
    And make a healthy profit
    Or maybe, tear it apart
    Start with assumption
    That a million people are smart
    Smarter than one "
    - An Anti-murder and Anti-death penalty statement. If he bought the government, he would make a new one, and it would be basically anarchist, because a million people (the population of america) are smarter than one (the president)

    "Serotonin's gone
    She gave up, drifted away
    Sara fled, thought process gone
    She left her answering machine on
    The greeting left spoken sincere
    Messages no one will ever hear "
    - Seratonin is the substance in your body that makes you happy. So if seratonin is gone, you are depressed (fat mike takes anti-depressants)

    "Ten thousand messages a day
    A million more transmissions lay
    Victims of the laissez faire
    Ten thousand voices, a hundred guns
    A hundred decibels turns to one
    One bullet, one empty head
    Now with Serotonin gone "
    - All these voices complaining to the governmwnt, going unheard. Laissez faire is a governmental principle which entails a "hands off" government. This eventually leaves only one escape, suicide, a bullet in a head empty from years of brainwashing.

    "The man who used to speak
    Performs a cute routine
    Feel a little patronized
    Don't feel bad
    They found a way inside your head
    And you feel a bit misled
    It's not that they don't care, yeah "
    - the people who used to spak out are now like little puppets. The government treats us as if we're just a little stupider than we are.

    "The television's put a thought inside your head
    Llike a Barry Manilow, jingle
    I'd like, to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony
    A symphonic blank stare, yeah
    It doesn't make you care (make you care)
    Not designed to make you care (make you care)
    They're betting you won't care (you won't...) "
    - Television is the ultimate brain washing tool - the perfect way to make Americans unquestioning and apathetic.

    "Place a wager on your greed
    A wager on your pride
    Why try to beat them when, a million others tried?"
    - Another comment on our apathy in speaking up. We are all just a little too scared of the government. The goverment can use our greed against us. and they know they can trample our pride if they give us enough to sate our greed

    "We are the whore
    Intellectually spayed
    We are the queer
    Dysfunctionally raised "
    - The whore of Babylon, the Biblical symbol of ultimate corruption and sin. We are also the queer, who have no place in our society. NoFx is a big proponent of gay rights.

    "One more pill to kill the pain
    One more pill to kill the pain
    One more pill to kill the pain
    Living through conformity "
    - once again - a reference to anti depressants, even if we don't want to conform, we have to, and the easy way to ignore it is through substance abuse.

    "One more prayer to keep me safe
    One more prayer to keep us warm
    One more prayer to keep us safe
    There's gonna be a better place "
    - The hope that religion gives us. but, it's just another form of the pill in the previous set.

    "Lost the battle, lost the war
    Lost the things worth living for
    Lost the will to win the fight
    One more pill to kill the pain "
    - we lost the fight for our true rights with the government. Now we have to winthe fight with ourselves before we can fight again.

    "Na na na na na
    La na na na na
    Na na na na na
    Na na na na na "
    - Just a meaningless little ditty, the kind of thing the government would like to hear all of us whistling

    "The going get tough, the tough get debt
    Don't pay attention, pay the rent
    Next of kins pay for your sins
    A little faith should keep us safe "
    - Debt can also be heard as dead. We are being sidetrackewd from watching the government to the endless scrabble on ward and upward. religion offers a quick fix.

    "Save us
    The human, existence
    Is failing, resistance
    Essential, the future
    Written off, the odds are
    Astronomically against us
    Only moron and genius
    Would fight a losing battle
    Against the super ego
    When giving in is so damn comforting "
    - Someone need to stand uop, but they would have to be too stupid to see the danger, or so smart as to have gound a way to win. Why fight when we can sit at home and watch inane TV shows?

    "And so we go, on with our lives
    We know the truth, but prefer lies
    Lies are simple, simple is bliss
    Why go against tradition when we can
    Admit defeat, live in decline
    Be the victim of our own design
    The status quo, built on suspect
    Why would anyone stick out their neck? "
    -We know what's goinging on, but we let them brainwash and lie to us. It's our fault that they can do it to us. Everyone needs to meet the status quo.
    No one wants to stand up.

    "Fellow members
    Club "We've Got Ours"
    I'd like to introduce you to our host
    He's got his, and I've got mine
    Meet the decline"
    - "if I'm, happy, and you're happy, why should we question anything?

    "We are the queer
    We are the whore
    Ammunition
    In the class war
    We are worker
    We love our queen
    We sacrifice
    We're soilent green "
    - Two of the most scorned members of our society, but none of us are any better. We're just like ants, with their hive mind. Mindlessly serving the purpose of soemone whjo doesn't care for the individual at all. Soilent green was a movie about the government providing free food, which turned out to be made from corpses.

    "We are the queer
    We are the whore
    Ammunition
    In the class war"
    Just repition that the government is using all of us and making us fight each other to draw attenton away from it's own actions.

    If yo0u look at the jacket design for this CD, it is the same as for a video by Pink Floyd, called the Wall, I believe. If you watch the video as you listen to the Song, you'll notice an interesting effect.
    Discodave786on October 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI didn't read most of these comments because they are lame, but this is the most amazing song in punk music's history. The raw emotion and mixture of anger, sadness, and desperation Fat Mike carries with his voice is unbelievable. It is an incredibly eye-opening song. The first time I heard it my jaw dropped. It deals with many political issues which are relatively obvious such as guns, drugs, and religion. Fat Mike is neither a democrat or republican, but he just thinks it's rediculous how the majority of americans just sit back and watch everything fall a part, they don't even use their voice to speak out because they only care about themselves. And he thinks the country thinking as a whole is better than one dumbshit as president, which is true. Basicly he's saying that the country's carlessness will lead to it's demise, or perhaps it already is. It's a truely amazing song, the music is very intricate and just flawless.
    TheFeeshon January 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis IS THE BEST SONG IN THE WORLD...It Has a meaning...
    NOFX Rule!
    (Oh I Think it took Fat Mike 6 months to finish it!)
    braxon January 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think Orange defines punk as Blink 182 and Sum 41. therefore- he has no idea what punk is.
    Jemmaon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst off no one should call anyone a fag, if you do you are homophobe mother fuckers. second of all your opinions about what is punk could all be right. mine definition of punk is fighting for what you believe in to change the world for the better. not like that blink 182 crap babbling on about nothing on MTV all fuckin day. MTV is sucky music that no one should give in to. its just another way to make people conform to the most "popular thing" which is a whole crap wad of music that no punk should listen to. if Tim Yohannon were still alive he would probably tell you that. and for those of you who dont know who Tim Yohannon is, he was like the friggin god of punk. he basicly said what was and wasnt punk. ask fat mike on the nofx official website. he and Tim were good friends but Tim died in 1998. and also orange, if you cant tell a music masterpiece from crap then you should be watching MTV, cuz this song is greatest musical masterpiece ever. if you say punk HAS to be fun music for people who like fun music, that is true, but it can also be about politics and changing things wrong with the world like violence, war, oppressive governments, hate, racism, and facism. i say the whole political part of punk is a good thing.
    L.O.S.E.R.on July 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has got to be the best song in the world.. nofx is amazing.. i wonder how long it took for them to write this whole thing.. anyone know? its fuckin awesome.
    geekgirl9on November 26, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs I've ever heard that came form NOFX, probably one of the best songs ever IMO. It deals with a whole bunch of issue's like politics,drugs,guns, etc. An example would be this one line.

    "Jerry spent some time in Michigan / A 20 year vacation / after all he had a dime"

    IMO this means that Jerry has gone to jail for 20 years for having a dime bag.(Marjuana for you who don't know the slang. :)) Then later on in the song they go off to say that Jerry commited suicide by sufficating himself (Asphyxiation ).

    The Decline, I believe is basically how people are giving into the government and just not caring about anything but themselves. I could go deeper into this but...meh..Too much typing..Just listen to the song and understand.
    Yahikoon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBEST SONG EVER WRITTEN!!!:d bout the hatred shown by NOFX towards the Republican government and their ideology of laissez faire and rugged individualism. How Mike dislikes the Republicans only looking after their own, freedom for jsut us not all...I cud write a whole politis essay on this song lol
    loserkidguyon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDemocrats are just as bad as republicans. They both suck, and are only out for their own selfish gain. Still, this is a great song, and worthy of its own CD.
    The Irish Guyon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod this song is amazing, the first time I listened to it I must have shat my pants. A beautiful piece of artwork no doubt. The lyrics are very "mind-opening" for lack of a better word. Definitely something any fan of music should know about.
    jsaysoi12341234on April 27, 2002   Link

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