"American Cliché" as written by and Richard Michael Patrick....
Last seat on the bus
Who you gonna trust
Which one do you follow
Last seat on the bus
Don't make such a fuss
This much should make you hollow
'Cause every time you make yourself the reason
Is everytime you make yourself between...
Yeah

Yeah, this is a American cliche
American, American
Get on the bus
Yeah, this is a American cliche
American, American
Get on the bus

First seat on the bus
Who you gonna trust
Which one do you may follow
First seat on the bus
Don't make such a fuss
Which one do you make hollow
Now every time you make your friend the reason
And every time you make your friend beaten...yeah

Yeah, this is a American cliche
American, American
Get on the bus
Yeah, this is a American cliche
American, American
Get on the bus

You want a way to be the same
You want a way to be the same
You want a way to be the same
Oh no


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"American Cliché" as written by Richard Michael Patrick

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    General CommentOmg LoL, Funny Ass Lyrics. Yeah Well Tight Song!
    DrAgOn_35_NiNjAon October 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI disagree that the above lyrics are actually what is being sung, regardless of the source. Here is what I hear when I listen acutely. My feeble interpretation is at the bottom.
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    last seat on the bus
    who you gonna trust
    which one do you follow
    last seat on the bus
    don't make such a fuss
    this much should make hallow
    because every time you make yourself the reason
    is every time you make yourself beaten yeah

    this is all American cliché
    American, American
    get all of us
    this is all American cliché
    American, American
    get all of us

    first seat of the bus
    who you gonna trust
    which one do you may follow
    first seat own the bus (first seat own the bus)
    don't make such a fuss (do make such a fuss)
    which one do you make hollow
    now every time you make yourself our reason
    is every time you make your friend the beaten yeah

    this is all American cliché
    American, American
    get all of us
    this is all American cliché
    American, American
    get on the bus

    you want a way to be the same
    you want a way to be the same
    you want a way to be the same
    how now?

    should
    god
    go
    go
    go
    go
    yeah
    yeah

    go go go go go go go go go go go go

    ---

    Perhaps first is a message to Semites, in that they would like to be at peace, but are bound by the teachings of their religions, and fail, enslaved to war with each themselves (Jews and Arabs are both semitic by definition).

    Perhaps second is a message to Americans, and how they play this conflict, as it is indeed their money that contributes to it, knowingly or not.

    It is a 'cliché', as the world is good and sick of this foolishness, and it is 'American' because, again, the people of the U.S.A. fund this conflict to the tune of $94,156,200,000 (from 1949 on and including 2005 proposal).

    Underneath, however, the Semites want to let the old hatreds die, and treat each other as equals, but to do so they may need to abandon their respective religions.
    Vespertilioon May 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou're wrong, you're lyrics are wrong, and I think you are too. This song is about African American civil rights movements.
    halberd25on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAm I the ONLY one who can actually hear this song?

    I swear it's:

    this is our (possible an) American cliché
    american, american
    YOU'RE ONE OF US

    The site lyrics are clearly wrong--sure it might sound better when it's drawn out saying "this is a american cliche" but it'd *have* to be 'an', and can vaguely sound like 'our.'

    Get all of us? Get on the bus? The first truthfully makes no sense (however; this song is kinda crazy to begin with) and the second could be referring to the bus theme - but if anyone listened to the song they would clearly know that's not right.

    I'm also assuming you all look too deep into songs. American cliche? Prep? Goth? Emo? My little sister would know the meaning of this song before it began by looking at the *title.*

    Wow, I really needed to get that out. All the lyrics on the net for this song blow.
    ineversinnedon August 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment'Get on the bus' was the most common line I found.
    This song reminds me of the African American civil rights movements, as halberd25 said. The whole 'bus' thing would probably relate to rosa parks.
    The lyrics are wrong, however, when it says

    "This is a american cliche"
    'A' should indeed be 'OUR'.

    In "Get onto the bus"
    It's just "Get on the bus".

    It could be either a shallow or deep interpretation.
    judyroflon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about how commmon place school violence has become
    bhamfan63on February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFilter's best song, for me anyway.
    Yeah, it's about school violence and how common it is
    thewayitis2345on November 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFunny... it sounds like he's singing clearly, but still we can't agree on the lyrics (I don't feel sure either).

    I'd say 1) that whole first description seems way too deep... and 2) just because a bus is mentioned doesn't mean it's about Rosa Parks. Jesus, I fail to see almost any other reference to civil rights...

    Overall, I totally think the song is as the title puts it-- everyone tries to fit in to American Cliches, and it ends up devaluing ourselves and our relationships.

    When you're getting on the last seat in the bus, the place you fit into is already determined by everyone else, so you're kind of forced to fit in the way they want you to. It's talking about people being pressured to work themselves into the cliches that are already set up.

    When you're the first seat on the bus, you're the one in control of everyone else, referring to trendsetters, cool people, media, idk. However, the same results end up happening, in that someone feels hollow and someone gets beaten, w/e, just this time it's not you.

    American cliche = predetermined social roles. The people forced to follow are in the end no better or worse than the supposed leaders, because everyone contributes to the problem.
    DAMtastychickenon October 03, 2009   Link

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