"From The Cradle To The Grave" as written by and Marc/bowles Beeson....
Well they took you from your mother's womb and put you in a school
Told you how to run your life by following the rules
Told you not to pick your nose or disrespect the queen
Scrub your teeth three times a day keep mind and body clean
Save up all your pocket money, nothing is for free
And you'd better trust your parents 'cause there's no one else you see
And then they send you off each day remember what you're told
"You may think you don't need teaching but you'll need it when you're old"

And if you're too intelligent they'll cut you down to size
They'll praise you til you're happy then they'll fill you full of lies
'Cause intelligence is threatening and genius is sin
If you could ever see through them they know they'd never win

So they channel your ability into the right direction
If you're good enough and rich enough you can be a politician
On the other hand if your too thick they'll tell you that you're lazy
They'll put you down and wind you up until it drives you crazy

They'll say you ought to learn a trade to help you in your life
Success is written in three parts: A job, a house, a wife
They'll say that school prepares you for the awesome world outside
Well it certainly gives you bigotry and patriotic pride

Racism, sexism teacher to class
From school to work remains the same, are you white and middle class?

You'll learn that bad men dress in black and good men dress in white
And the pamphlets in the playground say that's right
And that girls were made for housework and boys were made to fight
And the naughty pictures on page 3 make everything alright

And so from school to the outside world these morals you will take
And unless you can reject them you'll have your mind at stake

They'll give you a decision when you get to 18, too
The right to vote for someone else who says he cares for you
But the only thing he cares about is getting to the top
By conning you with empty words that promise you a lot
But the end result is slavery to a false set of ideals
You'll be tempted to believe them 'cause they'll seem so very real
The slavery of attitudes that make you keep in line
Subconsciously devoted to the morals of our time

And when you end up on the dole which you very likely will
They'll offer you a brand new trade: Learning how to kill

Why don't you join the army? Be a man and not a fool
There's someone else to think for you just like there was at school

They'll promise you absolution from the murders you'll commit
In the name of god and country they can get away with it
They fill you full of orders and promise you rewards
Like busting up your family by sending you abroad
A holiday in Germany or Iceland or Hong Kong
Making money being useless well it seems it can't go wrong
But then it's off to Northern Ireland where you'll practice what they preached
You'll shoot to keep yourself alive and kill to keep the peace
And then it won't be so much fun as you hear the wounded crying
'cause before they couldn't speak English and you didn't know what they were saying
But when the children call you "Bastard" it will make you think again
When you cannot tell the difference between animals and men

Animals don't wear uniforms but they kill as much as you
But the army kills for money and animals kill for food
It's the basest degradation in the name of what is right
Become something you never were and regret it til you die

'cause your father will tell you "Sonny, you must do as you are told"
And you'll say the same thing to your kids when you're 32 years old
And unless you can react against the brainwash from the start
Your government will rule your mind and your mind will rule your heart
You'll conform to every social law and be the system's slave
From birth to school to work to death, from the cradle to the grave


Lyrics submitted by x_melancholy_x, edited by Tricky1979

"From the Cradle to the Grave" as written by Rick Bowles Marc Beeson

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    General Commentsome1 re write these lyrics into proper verses.
    this song is simply amazing
    soul_doubton March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentUnbelievable song, absolutely brilliant, and so very accurate to.
    diddimzon November 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentheres the song put in verses, instead of one hard to read mess. very good song, i might add...



    well they took you from you mother's womb and put you in a school
    told you how to run your life by following the rules told you not to pick your nose or disrespect the queen
    scrub your teeth three times a day keep your mind and body clean

    save all your pocket money nothing is for free
    and you'd better trust your parents cos there's no one else you see
    and when they send you off each day remember what your told
    "you may think you don't need teaching but you'll need it when your old"

    and if your too intelligent they'll cut you down to size they'll praise you til your happy then they'll fill you full of lies
    cos intelligence is threatening
    and genius is in
    if you could ever see through them they know they'd never win

    so they channel your ability into the right direction
    if your good enough and rich enough you can be a politician
    on the other hand if your too think
    they'll tell you that your lazy
    they'll put you down
    and wind you up until it drives you crazy

    they'll say you ought to learn a trade
    to help you in your
    life success is written
    in three parts
    a job a house a wife
    they'll say that
    school prepares you for the
    awesome world outside
    well it certainly gives you bigotry
    and a patriotic pride
    racism sexism teacher to
    class from school to work remain the same are you white and middle class?

    you'll learn that badmen dress in black
    and goodmen dress in white
    and the pamphlets in the
    playground say that's right and
    the girls were made for housework
    boys were made to fight and
    the naughty pictures on page 3

    make everything alright
    and so from school to the outside world these morals you will take
    and unless you can reject them you'll have your mind at stake

    they'll give you a decision when you get to 18 too
    the right to vote for someone else who says he cares for you
    but the only thing he cares about is getting to the top
    by conning you with empty words that promise you a lot
    but the end result is slavery
    to a flase set of ideals
    you'll be tempted to believe them
    cos they'll seem so very real the slavery of attitudes that make you keep in line
    subconsciously devoted to the morals of our time

    and when you end up on the dole
    which you very likely will
    they'll offer you a brand new trade -
    learning how to kill

    why don't you join the army?
    be a man and not a fool
    theres someone else to think for you
    just like there was at school

    they'll promise you absolution from the murders you'll commmit
    in the name of god and country you can get away with it
    the fill you full of orders
    and promise you rewards
    like busting up your family and sending you abroad a holiday in germany
    or iceland or hong kong
    making money being useless well it seems it cant go wrong
    but then its off to northern ireland
    where you'll practice what they preached
    you'll shoot to keep yourself alive
    and kill to keep the peace
    and then it wont be so much fun
    as you hear the wounded crying
    cos before, they couldnt speak english,
    and you didnt know what they were saying
    but when the children call you "bastard"

    it will make you think again
    when you cannot tell the difference
    between animals and men

    animals don't wear uniforms but they kill as much as you
    but the army kills for money
    and animals kill for food
    its the basest degradation
    in the name of what is right
    become something you never were
    and regret it til you die

    'till you die

    cos your father will tell you
    "sonny you must do as you are told"
    and you'll say the same thing to your kids
    when your 32 years old
    and unless you can
    react against the brainwash from the start
    your government will rule your mind
    and your mind will rule your heart
    you'll conform to every social law
    and be the system's slave
    from birth
    to school
    to work
    to death
    from the cradle to the grave
    Ex_Teenage_Rebelon December 18, 2006   Link

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