"A Simple Plan" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
The plants and the factories are perfectly run
The workers and bosses are living as one
People are equal people are good
People are working as hard as they should be
It's food for my family and clothes for my kids
The class war is over and everyone wins
It's such a simple plan
To take it like a man
But I'm not sure I can
We fought for a decade corruption and greed
It gave me a purpose a reason to breathe
But now that it's over now that we've won
It's back to my bedroom alone with a shot gun
To think of my family no longer compels me
With all things in common they'll manage without me


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"A Simple Plan" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General Commentok this song is NOT about socialism or whatever the crap. I mean... i think the system he's talking about is obviously socialistic... however that is NOT what the song is ABOUT.
    it's about a guy who's life was built around fixing problems:
    "i fought for a decade, corruption & greed, it gave me a purpose, a reason to breathe"
    solving problems is all he knows. he thinks it's all he's good for. he needs to be relied upon... he needs to be needed. and he think since the problems are fixed, and his family doesn't "need" him to rely upon anymore, that his life is meaningless and it doesn’t matter if he lives. he thinks if he isn’t being useful that life isn’t worth anything.
    “it's such a simple plan, to take it like a man
    but i'm not sure i can, i have a simpler plan”
    ...he can’t deal with not being needed... so he's gonna take his life.
    thisismynameon June 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about socialism
    smknbddhaon April 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song.
    Sepulchraveon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFantastic song off the new Pedro album, obviously this song is about Socialism, more specifically Stalin forcing the peasants into collectives to produce food for the workers of the factories in an attempt to industrialize Russia.

    However, this song also brings in the themes of feelings of inadaquecy that run throughout Achilles Heel, and how the speaker in question can no longer draw comfort off his family, after all his fighting (either be it from the class war, or maybe an alternate message of fighting to get a family in the first place), so, with no alternative, his simpler plan is, obviously, to kill himself.
    Burn the Witchon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFantastic song off the new Pedro album, obviously this song is about Socialism, more specifically Stalin forcing the peasants into collectives to produce food for the workers of the factories in an attempt to industrialize Russia.

    However, this song also brings in the themes of feelings of inadaquecy that run throughout Achilles Heel, and how the speaker in question can no longer draw comfort off his family, after all his fighting (either be it from the class war, or maybe an alternate message of fighting to get a family in the first place), so, with no alternative, his simpler plan is, obviously, to kill himself.
    Burn the Witchon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFantastic song off the new Pedro album, obviously this song is about Socialism, more specifically Stalin forcing the peasants into collectives to produce food for the workers of the factories in an attempt to industrialize Russia.

    However, this song also brings in the themes of feelings of inadaquecy that run throughout Achilles Heel, and how the speaker in question can no longer draw comfort off his family, after all his fighting (either be it from the class war, or maybe an alternate message of fighting to get a family in the first place), so, with no alternative, his simpler plan is, obviously, to kill himself.
    Burn the Witchon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow i thought more people had commented, but one person just commented 3 times.

    I do NOT believe this song is about socialism or Stalin or russia in any way. this song is about blue collar workers that work daily to earn a paycheck to feed their families, but feel trapped. the simple plan is just to go along with this, to earn your paycheck, feed your family and be a good worker. But thinking of his family no longer makes him want to stay in this grind. The simpler plan is suicide.
    jefeon June 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with jefe
    TyroneShoolaceson February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJefe's analysis doesn't deal with the "now that it's over, now that we've won" line.
    nofameloston February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo analyze this song you have to look at the other songs on the album they all form a story and it doesnt have to do with socialism.
    deathcabformelon March 18, 2006   Link

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