First they put away the dealers,
keep our kids safe and off the street.
Then they put away the prostitutes,
keep married men cloistered at home.
Then they shooed away the bums,
then they beat and bashed the queers,
turned away asylum-seekers,
fed us suspicions and fears.
We didn´t raise our voice,
we didn´t make a fuss.
It´s funny there was no one left to notice
when they came for us.
Looks like witches are in season,
you better fly your flag and be aware
of anyone who might fit the description,
diversity is now our biggest fear.
Now with our conversations tapped
and our differences exposed,
how ya supposed to love your neighbor
with our minds and curtains closed?
We used to worry ´bout big brother,
now we got a big father and an even bigger muther.
And still you believe
this aristocracy gives a fuck about you.
They put the mock in demockracy
and you swallowed every hook.
The sad truth is you would rather
follow the school into the net
cuz swimming alone at sea
is not the kind of freedom you actually want.
So go back to your crib and suck on a tit
go bask in the warmth of your diaper.
You´re sitting in shit and piss
while sucking a huge pacifier,
a country of adult infants.
A legion of mental midgets
all regaining their unconsciousness


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    General CommentI think this was the best song on the album. Perfectly describes America.
    jhnwhillon June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentobviously a huge rag on the usa patriot act. i love this song.
    BlackLungFeveron April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"First they put away the dealers,
    keep our kids safe and off the street.
    Then they put away the prostitutes,
    keep married men cloistered at home.
    Then they shooed away the bums,
    then they beat and bashed the queers,
    turned away asylum-seekers,
    fed us suspicions and fears.
    We didn´t raise our voice,
    we didn´t make a fuss.
    It´s funny there was no one left to notice
    when they came for us."

    This is the punk version of that ww2 poen written by the catholic priest, its about the holocaust.

    found it:
    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left
    to speak out for me.


    Pastor Martin Niemöller
    Aroaon May 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"So go back to your crib and suck on a tit
    go bask in the warmth of your diaper.
    You´re sitting in shit and piss
    while sucking a huge pacifier,
    a country of adult infants.
    A legion of mental midgets
    all regaining their unconsciousness"

    This is where the song goes to hell. The first part seems really deep, but there he sounds like a 12-year-old who just learned how to cuss and it kinda ruins the rest of the song
    milkmanon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBut if Nofx didn't cuss like a 12 year-old, would it still be Nofx? I think the baby analogy works regardless of the cursing.
    EmoAlfieon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwho do people give TWOE so much crap and rant on about how much it sucks. the album is strong as fuck, lyrically anyway.
    anyway about this song. great song, pretty much about how politicina shandle shit in the USA and how its pretty sad that people just rather stay at home and keep warm ("so go back to your crib...") when they know that what the govt is doing is wrong, and not do anything about it.
    or i could be completely off :)
    basstardon July 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI just joined this thing, and was actually heading straight for this song to post Niemollar's quote, but i got beat to it
    JacobVacanton September 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah i'm with milkman, the first 2/3 of the song are great but the last part is so bad that it kind of ruins the song
    Jay_Fiedleron March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with milkman also. The baby analogy is trite and overdone and juxtaposed with the awesome lyrical content of the rest of the song, it doesn't stand up.
    powertrashon November 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSee I disagree.
    I usually feel that lyrics don't need to have so many cuss words in it but they fit here.
    Fatrickon February 20, 2007   Link

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