"Autobiography of a Nation" as written by Robert Iii Keeley, Timothy Payne, Steven Pedulla, Geoffrey Rickly and Thomas Rule....
Write these words back down inside
We have burned their villages and all the people in them died
And we adopt their customs and everything they say we steal
All the dreams they had we kill
Still we all sleep sound tonight
Is this what you wanted to hear?
We erased all their images and dance
And replaced them with borders and flags

At the top of this timeline you'll remember
This is the lipstick on the collar
and in my own life I've seen it in the mirror
sometimes at the cost of others hopes

Write these words back down inside
That's where you need it the most and without conviction of heart
You will never feel it at all
Yeah, we all dance to the same beat when we're marching
Yeah, the TV tells us everything we need
And this scene is painting in all the fashions
Of the moment and history is all the same

Everything you say you stole
Every dream you dream you bought


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"Autobiography of a Nation" as written by Robert Iii Keeley, Timothy Payne, Steven Pedulla, Geoffrey Rickly, Thomas Rule

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    General CommentThis song is about manifest destiny, america expanding itself at the cost of the True Americans, Native Americans. Thursday is amazing and speaks the truth. I wish more bands would use there popularity to try and open more peoples eyes.
    emojayon February 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song puts every word down right about how i feel towrds this country, people dont know whats going on around the world these days, thats why its so screwed up.
    Dashboardkid033on January 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just an opinion of the band. what now artist cant have thier own opinion on anything witout ppl saying "Omg how can he write about that" blah artist are just like any other person they have thier opinions and they have the right to express it
    Zycl0n1xon January 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is just an opinion of the band. what now artist cant have thier own opinion on anything witout ppl saying "Omg how can he write about that" blah artist are just like any other person they have thier opinions and they have the right to express it
    Zycl0n1xon January 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthursday has caught the soul of America. It is ugly and sad. very sad. they are fucking brave for saying the truth. they know its the truth, we know it is, and so does everysingle one of us, but were all just too afraid to say it. You can't escape who you are and this nation is a murderer.
    rainydayboyon February 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthursday speaks what so many cant and refuse...they are unspeakably brilliant and the world, without complaint or discrimination for genre, need to her these words. autobiography of a nation is the most honest thing ive heard in a long time
    4thursday4on March 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti had and still have incredible respect for Thursday but i must say i thought this was one of their most impacting songs. To discover that Geoff plagerized these from a poem just kind of lessens the boldness of the statement it makes. Thursday is still amazing and the rest of their lyrics (i hope) are original. I hope their new-found fame doesnt change the message and ideals that they always stood for.
    xSavesthedaYxon April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...there is america, and thursday is amazing
    getupkid211on April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of there best.
    Squirleyon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe are slowly destroying what is so true to our country? what was originally here... will be no more...
    who knows maybe we will destroy our country until we need artificial water... heh just a thought. Great song.
    mellowyellowi1100on April 25, 2002   Link

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