"Breaking The Back" as written by Francis Edward Turner, Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson, Cameron David Dean and Julia Ruzicka....
on leaving school immersed in philanthropic notions (of a kind these days i find unthinkable) i pulled my frail frame onto my charger and rode off into a sunset with agenda predictable. fresh faced - young dumb and tragically convinced that blind faith could make an infantile normative playground theory on social interaction positive enough to show them all but alas! working the tills put hair on my chest, telesales made me a man. and everything was going to be ok, but the making of the man was the breaking of the back upon the rock of everyday hostility. and i don't mean to seem at all ungrateful, but the air-conditioned life has left me gasping for some real conversation. and just because turing couldn't possibly conceive a machine with this little personality, i'm working shifts in veal-fattening pens, and yet i'm puppy thin because to tell the truth i was hanging on for something more than distant dial tones and a sense of ending. the breaking of the back was the making of the man.

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"Breaking the Back" as written by Cameron David Dean Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson

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    General CommentOh yeah! I'm the first to comment on this great song. Million Dead rock my socks! Such a great British band. Anyhoo...on to the song...it's kinda obvious that it's about how the lead singer doesn't really want to be sucked into the whol 9-5 job thing.
    Harry_Manbackon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSECOND!!! Yeh this song rocks. I love the way the lyrics dont stick to the bars as you'd expect. The pre-chorus part (Fresh faced, young dumb and tragically....) is absolute quality. Awesome band. Oh and Harry - only half of Million Dead are English. The other half are Australian (Bassist and guitarist) :>
    foffofon May 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know that. I'll revise my comment. "Such a great Anglo-Australian band" Better? lol :P
    Harry_Manbackon May 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBy the by Cameron has now left so it's just Julz that's an Aussie!
    Harry_Manbackon September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMost punk icons (like Jonny Rotten for instance) start 'young and dumb' with wild revolutionary ideas. They then burn out decades later after realising that they can't change the world, so they might as well go along with it.

    A credit to Frank, he skipped the whole 'burn-out' phase lol.
    Miscellaneouson March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHello!
    I do believe that songs like this are more than lyrics. There is a rhythm and percussion to the words that really kick me. I haven't heard a whole heap of "up and coming" bands (and it's tough that this band has SPLIT) but that's life.
    Jaymoshon August 15, 2007   Link

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