There was a hearing
The rules were broken by one
Followed by another

The evidence was presented
An overwhelming list of infractions

An overwhelming representation
Of one's malajustment to the system
The hearing was about him
About his attitude
About his behavior

He is, he represents
No, he embodies the problem
If he is expelled, the problem
Will go away

Our solution

A person with a problem
I believe there's no such thing
As a person with a problem
If there is a problem it's a problem with the system
The system of home and family
Of school and community

He is not in this alone
He is not the problem

A reflection of the system
A mirror image of ourselves and our work

We acknowledge not all kids fit
Our ancillary design
And when they don't fit
They become the problem

The problem
Expel the problem
Make it go away
Expel the problem
Make it go away, make it go away
Make it go away

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    My InterpretationThis song is about children who go against their parents. Children who dress different, act different, and listen to different music. Essential it's a song about the generation gap. "The problem" is what the adults see their children listening to and imitating.
    moreaunickon May 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'd like to add that it's also about this older generation's inability (or unwillingness) to deal with these "problems". It's much easier to pretend they don't exist and hope they go away. It's easier to label than it is to take responsibility.

    But really, you have to remember that most kids who become criminals were raised in our schools, our neighborhoods and our churches. In essence, we created the problem.
    Pinionon May 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the system of crime and punishment in general in the West, but especially in the US. We make examples of people. They become a spectacle and we incarcerate or execute them, declaring that the problem is gone.

    But every day, the same shit plays out. How many mass murders do we put up with until we realize that the problem isn't the individuals.

    "If there is a problem, there's a problem with the system."

    Our culture breeds these individuals. We are ALL guilty until something changes.
    GranoblasticManon July 08, 2014   Link
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    MemoryGet ready for the wall of text...

    This appropriately plays during the credits of SCMRPG at the end. Kind of sad since this song almost mirrors those two and the public's reaction to them. Rather than look in the mirror and think to themselves what a toxic environment and culture we've built in the west (especially the US and Canada). No one is born with that type of mindset and I'm pretty sure DOOM wasn't responsible either. Rather, I'm suggesting that it was a combination of bullying, police harassment, and a violent American culture that did them in. It's no surprise that the majority of kids that pull this thing off are minorities or the children of minorities (Cho, Dylan, Lepine, Weise, Kimveer, and most recently Eliot). Bigotry is real and it HURTS. The rest of the world considers the west the laughing stock of the globe and it's not hard to see why.

    I'm from Canada and people here are just only a bit better than the states because minorities vs christian whites is about 50/50.

    Ever wonder why other countries don't put up with this shit? I think I've figured it out.
    TheDefileron June 03, 2014   Link

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