cannot find everything you need in all of this
potatoes, rice and bread
we'll burn it as we take it in
you�re going to sing your heart out
sing it like you mean it
you're gonna sing everything you're thinking
and you're gonna sing it until they're listening
cause if it really brings us all together
well i'd say that settles all arguments of difference
surviving by questioning
well, can you imagine if we all started demanding?
i can play along to every record
front and back
every song
every word means as much to me
as every word means to you
you can make an industry
selling people the things they want to hear
if this is worth anything
we will sell it for humility
it will take us farther than the posture you're fronting


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Rice and Bread song meanings
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    General Commenthmm. this is one of my favorite off the new cd. <3 they do it great live.
    LulusXeon October 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about all the bands that make a living questioning society, but they're not working for change.
    thedeadwalkon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about the so-called 'underground' of bands claiming to be fighting for social change, but don't have their hearts into it. People following the trends and what have you. Against Me! really brings it home at the lines "I can play along to every record, front and back, every song. Every word means as much to me as every word means to you"

    The mentioning of the 'words' in songs means that it's no longer about music, but about the passion behind the music. You can't be 'fronting' as AM! would usually say with this "Anti-establishment" yelling and screaming unless you mean it. It's for the people for which this isn't just a 'teenage phase', but a life-long struggle:

    "You’re going to sing your heart out, then sing it like you mean it."
    Egalitarian.on March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song describes what a music scene should be, with bands singing their hearts out about something that means a lot to them, getting everything they are thinking out into lyrics, out into a song, and this is survival for them, like rice and bread, the basics need for survival, what the breath in, how they live. Towards the end of the song where it says "you can make an industry selling people the things they want to hear" hits at the music scene today. The only reason why certain records are put on the shelves is because that's what people want to buy. Quality doesn't mean anything anymore, except in the undergroudn music scene where quality in lyrics and a good message to music is what makes music good. I adore the last line "it will take us farther than the posture you're fronting."
    WorldInferno67on June 05, 2007   Link

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