"Stars & Stripes" as written by and K. Brian John Philip Sousa....
A tyrant is a man who allows his people no freedom
Who is puffed-up by pride
Driven by the lust of power
Impelled by greed
Provoked by thirst for fame

Divided and conquered
Gripped by fear
Wishful thinking that it can't happen here
It's well underway but nobody knows
A repeat of history
That's how it goes

Tell the people that they're under attack
By man-eating foes from mars or iraq
Mobilize outrage
Muzzle dissent
Send in the troops
Strike the pre-empt

Stars & stripes
Learn how to fight
We come together by the dawn of the light
Oh so proudly we hail as the rockets red glare
Stars & stripes

Control the airwaves
Fuel the reaction
Use every weapon of mass-distraction
Turn active people into passive consumers
Feed 'em bogus polls and harebrained rumours

Cut back civil rights
Make no mistake
Tell 'em homeland security is now at stake
Whip up a frenzy keep 'em suspended
Don't let 'em know that their liberty's ended

Everything goes in the desperate states
The veneer of democracy rapidly fades
Wreak total havoc on all opposition
In any event fulfill your mission

Totalitarian media sensation
You will give 'em domination
Never mind they call you a liar and thief
By now you're undisputed commander-in-chief

Lyrics submitted by Karl

"Stars & Stripes" as written by John Philip Sousa

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's about the corruption and hypocracy of the Bush administration
    Vostokon January 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA description of the Bush administration

    Nailed in one
    Gama-Bombon November 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnd still as relevant as ever...
    IndustrialG33kon March 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is sick
    v2kvon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs is just me, or does it soung like the second to last line is "Never mind they call you VILE and thief"

    Not that it makes much difference.. they are both true >.>
    Kitsune_Tokkanon April 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure that it's not "a liar" but it's just "liar".
    "Never mind they call you liar and thief"

    And did anyone else notice the similarity between this and New American Century? Lyrics and the music alltogether? I think this might be basically New American Century II, basically an aftermath sort of. Of what happened when people didn't "Fight the Power" o.O
    Battle-Jesuson June 03, 2007   Link

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