You told me that your 20 years have gone by much too fast
And you’ve been hoping this year will be better than the last
You said you’ve been waging a war against the loneliest of nights
With the strongest drinks and longest lines
It’s not that big a surprise
That you’re feeling more dead than alive
You’re feeling more dead than alive

So I’ll let you know
If you need, somewhere to go
I’ll be listening when you call
And I’ll be there if you fall off
If you need someone to believe in you,
I’ll let you know I will

You said the hole in your head
Has gotten bigger than the hole in your chest
And you’re stuck between the past and present tense
You said you’ve been waging a war against so many years of lies
With stronger drinks and longer lines
It’s not that big a surprise
That you’re feeling more dead than alive
You’re feeling more dead than alive

So I’ll let you know
If you need, somewhere to go
I’ll be listening when you call
And I’ll be there if you fall off
If you need someone to believe in you,
I’ll let you know I will


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    General Commenti think its about fat mike from NOFX. "the longest line" is a direct reference to a NOFX song. NOFX has been around for 20 years (gone by much to fast). and fatty's been known to hit the drugs and alcohol quite a bit. also, the "you said youve been waging a way against so many years of lies" is about how mike writes his songs about the government and all that nice stuff. he's waging his war against the governments lies.
    so they're saying they're looking out for fatty and they'll be there for him cause nofx rules.

    thats just my view on it, its probably wrong but whatever.
    tbushmoneyon February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a guy that is offering his advice to a person who he thinks needs it. A great song.
    griswaldon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is on the Rock Against Bush vol. 1 soundtrack and is performed with Billy Bragg. It was recorded in 2003. Its a great soundtrack for those of you willing to listen to anything anti-bush.
    Redskins285624on November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe is tlaking bush . the line ' you said you’ve been waging a war against so many years of lies ' is ded give away. its a soft hating song bush and i love it, bill bragg goes perfectiy on it and im sorry to sound like a wining liberal bitch. but fuck bush and fuck his whole team and fuck this war that he got us in!
    LessThanJake4Lifeon December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou don't sound like a whiny liberal bitch. You sound like an angry liberal teenager who hates Bush. Hey, aren't we all?
    This song isn't specifically anti-Bush though because it's also on Anthem so nya nya nya I win.
    And now I'm the whiny bitch...
    ArianeTheFoolon December 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti like this song. i don't think it has anything to do with king george, but i like it, especially with billy bragg.
    BlackLungFeveron January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's a really cool meaning actually. Brownie points to you!
    ArianeTheFoolon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti know this song was on the "rock against bush" cd, but i don't think it's about bush.

    first off, if it was on the rock against bush cd, it shows that less than jake don't really like the president all too much. so if they don't like the president why do they think he's "waging a war against so many years of lies" ? bush is the liar. he's the one telling the lies, and less than jake obviously wouldn't think bush was trying to fix all these past president liars or whatever.

    also "The brightest bulb has burnt out" is the name of the song. bush has always been a dumbass. he's never been a "bright bulb" to begin with.


    that's why i think it's about mr. fat mike himself. he was the "brightest bulb" in the political punk scene for a while. "burnt out" is referring to the drugs/partying that fatty used to do. mike's even written songs about it "whoops i o'd" and "wore out the soles of my party boots"



    even if its not about fat mike from nofx, its definetly about some person who was politcally charged and wanted a change, but got stuck in drugs and what not, but the 20years thing and the "longest line" both reference nofx so thats why i gotta go with fat mike.
    tbushmoneyon March 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentok I agree with you that it's not against bush although he is an idiot. it just happens to fit with the rock against bush CD notion. I know their is a cocaine reference in "With the strongest drinks and longest lines" I also love the line "You said the hole in your head
    Has gotten bigger than the hole in your chest
    And you're stuck between the past and present tense" it could mean (if the NOFX notion is right) that the world and gov. has changed but their beliefs and what they have been fighting for haven't. like the whole in your head is the loss of information and the whole in your hart is the sprit that used to be their. it's just a spar of the moment guess so correct me if I am wrong.
    rapunzelEEDon June 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthey all, it has been about a year scince i have been on the site. LTJ fans would have seen my name pop us alot in most of there songs. At the moment though i have really gone alot more emo/pop punk witch is weird seein as i use to hate all that. But anyway what i wana do with this post is to dissmiss my old theory of this song being about BUSH. This song as so many you have said is about FAT MIKE. Its all to obviouse now that i look at it, RAPUNZAL your completely right. and the posts before you were aswell!.... i didnt look at the song in depth and feel like a bit of moron now, lol. But the all the lines that you guys have already pointed out proove this one is about FAT MIKE and how he has burnt out in his own way. I love nofx and its a shame that fatty has burnt out :(
    LessThanJake4Lifeon October 13, 2005   Link

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