Empty factories to the east and all our waste
The shape of things that came show on the broken worker's face
To the west you'll find a silicon promised land
Where machines all replace their minds with systematic profit plans
The course of human progress staggers like a drunk
It's pace is quick and heavy but it's mind is slow and blunt
I look for optimism but i just dont know
Its seeds are planted in a poison place where nothing grows

It's 1989, stand up and take a look around
Weathers' bitter tension it seems is sinking down
Drunk with power and fighting one another
Every hour shows the winter's getting harder

There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up--freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up coming!

One nation stands the tallest radiating blinding light
Plastic and flourescent energy robbing us of sight
Set in our way - content with our decay
We wave the flag of freedom as we conquer and invade
Ever ask yourself where's my place in this hell?
But no one's there to tell you cuz they dont know that themselves
The well-rehearsed lines from our elated politicians
No longer offer solace we can see the self-destruction

It's 1989, stand up and take a look around
Weather's bitter tension it seems is sinking down
Drunk with power and fighting one another
Every hour shows the winter's getting harder

There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up--freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up coming!

Just one political song, just one political song
To drop into the list that stretches years and years long
Just one political song, just one political song
To drop into the list that stretches years and years long

Static and division is increasing like a storm
We are sheltered
We are forewarned
Nothing can be changed except ourselves
Nothing can be changed except ourselves!

There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up--freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up, there's a freeze up coming!
There's a freeze up coming!


Lyrics submitted by emoJustin, edited by DannyFnCarey

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    General CommentI absolutely love this song, everything about it is so awesome. I listen to it whenever I can. I suggest you hear it, definitly.
    lemon_punkon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYep. This song rules. "We wave the flag of freedom as we conquer and invade." Greatness. OpIvy was great.
    GivingMyselfToAsheson May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSo true, so many great bands have covered this song too. The porkers, Reel Big Fish, etc. At warped this year it was a huge surprise when Area7 who were headlining the Australian leg played freeze up for their second last song, was pretty schmick
    Smaxelon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeeeehhh QUALITY song!
    PEDOPHILE_PUNKERon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYEEEE!!!!! man this song kicks soooo much ass..... My fav OPIV tune.......pretty sad tho how true it actually is.
    Skankin'InThePiton June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentahhhhhhh this song is so good. Op Ivy is just...right. I know if they had not broken up we would not have rancid...But seriously...OP IVY WE LOVE YOU.
    rachel mon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentalso the hippos do a great cover of it. kinda goin into a little rap in it. good stuff.
    comeanddiewithmeon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about the cold war(freeze up aka cold aka nuclear winter) which was still going on at the time it was written and the united states foreign policy. Its about how the U.S is hypocritical. fighting a war conquering and invading in the name of freedom. It is also very anti-capitalism as it jabs at consumers. It also says that revolution could be coming hence the line about the broken down worker.
    theskagodon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Operation Ivy songs. The lyrics miss the spoken part during the bridge, though (the best part!):

    Static and division is increasing like a storm!
    We are sheltered, we are forewarned!
    Nothing can be changed except ourselves!
    NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED EXCEPT OURSELVES!
    mouse_clickeron October 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite passage from this song is:

    one nation stands the tallest radiating blinding light
    plastic and fluorescent energy robbing us of sight
    set in our way, content with our decay
    we wave the flag of freedom as we conquer and invade

    great great great.
    Zedd138on November 30, 2004   Link

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