how does he do it? how do they do it? uncanny and immutable
this is such a happening tailpipe of a party
like sugar, the guests are so refined
a confidence man, but why so beleaguered?
he's not a leader, he's a texas leaguer
swinging for the fence, got lucky with a strike
drilling for fear makes the job simple
born on third, thinks he got a triple
blackout weaves its way through the city
blackout weaves its way through the city
blackout weaves its way...
i remember when you sang that song about today
now it's tomorrow and everything has changed
a think tank of aloof multiplication
a nicotine wish and a columbus decanter
retrenchment and hoggishness
the aristocrat choir sings, "what's the ruckus?"
the haves have not a clue
the immenseness of suffering
and the odd negotiation, a rarity
with onionskin plausibility of life
and a keyboard reaffirmation
blackout weaves its way through the city
blackout weaves its way through the city
blackout weaves its way...
i remember when you sang that song about today
now it's tomorrow and everything has changed
i remember when you sang that song about today
now it's tomorrow and everything has changed
changed, changed, chains, etc...


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  • +3
    General CommentToolucky1234 are you one of those people Cobain made the song "In Bloom" for? Vedder has no class attacking Bush? I am glad that you think for yourself and not follow stuff just because Vedder likes it. However, let people have their opinion. Just because Bush has ass suckers behind him, does not mean he's a good president. The guy is an idiot who cannot present himself and is in control for power, not for the well being of America. He's blind, and I agree with Vedder. Just because you are a politician (not you, but in general) does not mean you know more than a civilian. "Bush knows a lot more about the situations we face Eddie Vedder"
    Smokey31on March 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell has anyone heard the patriotic country songs that plague the country stations? eehh... i forget, oh yeah, toby kieth, talk about an idiot, he makes his songs sound so "Patriotic", when is it ever a good thing to kill anyone.
    ITIGYAon June 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song could be about any bad leader... Bush, the leader of ICRWhale... it's essentially a revolution song with Eddie's very mature spin on it. Great song. I love the album version with the hard electric intro, the acoustic version they played across the Riot Act tour, and the melodic electric version they played on the 2006 tour. Always ilicits an interesting reaction from the crowd, in Uniondale NY in 2003, Eddie walked out wearing a Bush mask and stuck it on the microphone and through various parts of the song, stuck cigarettes in its mouth, poured wine down its throat, and French kissed it :P throughout the song, and afterwards, the crowd boo'ed and jeered the band, if you listen to the bootleg you can hear people going "fuck you asshole!" and "just play rock'n'roll!" and in the PJ20 movie Mike talks about how a firefighter in the pit kept showing Mike his badge. Afterwards the crowd started chanting "USA" and Eddie got into it with them, and followed it up with a cover of the Clash's "Know Your Rights" and later an impassioned version of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World".
    During the same tour they almost started a riot in Colorado, when some of the crowd thought Veddie Edder had impaled/hung the Bush mask on the mic stand.
    Tig45on January 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty obvious what this song is about. Ed is infamous for hating Republicans, the corporate rich, and successful wealthy people. I don't care too much for Ed's liberal rantings, but politics aside, the song has a cool, eerie vibe to it. Good song, but a weaker track on Riot Act.
    PJ_DMBon March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood- more musicians actually writing songs about their anti-war stance instead of just stating their feelings and not singing about it (see also:sheryl crow). Ani Difranco's "self evident" is another good anti-war anti-bush song. If you really don't believe bush is evil go here:

    wage-slave.org/…
    phaty4on April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo matter what anyone says this is a great song. Bush is a moron, and rather than ranted about it Eddie put his feelings into lyrics. Which is more than what most do. This song is great and the lyrics are amazing. The whole Bush intelligence , haha thats an oxymoron, is ridiculous.Bush may know a little more, but if he understands it or not is another thing. I didn't vote for Bush and neither did most of America and i won't again. The man screwed us in foreign affairs and is driving us into WWIII. Eddie is a great song writer and stands by his views. Songs, poems, art and writing is all written on we feel. This is how eddie feels and that how he will right. And i gree with him on ideals, thats mainly why i listen to them.
    l0ki86on May 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBush Lied People Died
    tenserockon May 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry fleaaaaaa - I think these lyrics are great. Best played up LOUD. Somehow I get a sense that Ed is quite proud of this song, especially when I saw him in Melbourne. Hey, you 2003 guys above - what do you think now that it's soooo obvious Bush lied through his crooked teeth?
    justanotherjammeron June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhether you're a republican or a democratic, you're an idiot if you can't see that Bush is dumb as shit. he's an idiot, plain and simple. i don't care which party our president is, i just want his IQ to be slightly over 70
    johnnyb117on June 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is becoming quite prophetic.
    tipthetieon June 26, 2004   Link

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