"I Am The Party" as written by Francis Edward Turner, Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson, Cameron David Dean and Julia Ruzicka....
well you can tell by the way i move my feet that i'm a genuine insurrectionary - it's a kind of nervous shuffle that contrasts so well with bolshevik bravado. and you can tell by the way i raise my hand - not in a fist but for a question. take out your manifestos and then put them away. i implore you to ignore every word i say. and if my status as a figure on a stage implies authority, i hope my caution and my age belies my humility, and will to take my rage and try to turn myself into a one-man landslide. let's kick it off with a leafleting campaign and follow it up with some public meetings, pressing flesh and kissing babies as i smile and promise things are getting better. i am the party, the apparatchik and the grey bureaucracy. i am the secret police, manufacturing a constituency that doesn't answer back. i found these words in my bedroom underneath old magazines. and i found this voice in my record collection - distorting tapes kicked analysis awake. you found this song but you didn't question - swallowed the sleeve but didn't see my tongue inside my cheek. i am the politburo, but i am the velvet revolution, a budapest kick from fifty-six and so: let's all go hand in hand to the local polling station and make our own categories, then vote for ourselves.


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"I Am the Party" as written by Cameron David Dean Benjamin Russell Erring Dawson

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    General CommentI cannot believe that no one has commented on this song. Well, considering that I submitted it, I'll comment. I guess it's about politics and democracy in general. I love Million Dead so much they make my ears have orgasms. They are such great people too. When I met them, they were well nice. :D
    Harry_Manbackon May 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe sheer energy in this song is incredible. There has been nothing like this since At the drive-in split up.
    cbennetton June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is T3H 0WNAGE!!!11!

    Seriously. Essentially chanting Franks political connotations, and other influences.
    joe_lechuzaon September 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI got the impression that he's trying to say that most government systems take advantage of apathy and the eagerness of people to accept what their told. Every leader would like a complacent electorate, so lets "vote for ourselves", the only people we can trust.

    The "sheer energy" that 'cbennett' mentioned I think works well with the message of the song. Beginning to middle, it builds you up and makes you hypo (much like a Bolshevik shaking his fist and fuelling the masses). You get swept away by it.

    Then it calms down in the middle, makes you take stock of whats just happend. "You found this song but you didn’t question Swallowed the sleeve but didn’t see my tongue inside my cheek".

    I'd of commented sooner, had I known of this site earlier. Million Dead rock!
    Miscellaneouson March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think 'You found this song but you didn’t question Swallowed the sleeve but didn’t see my tongue inside my cheek.' is one of the most vital lines to consider if you're ognna try and unserdtad what frank really means in his songs. a lot of the time what he says is sarcastic, and so he actually means the complete opposite. there's plenty of examples of this on both astr and hnh
    GenUFLECTon December 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Well you can tell by the way I move my feet that I’m a genuine insurrectionary.
    It’s a kind of nervous shuffle that contrasts so well with Bolshevik bravado."

    All it takes in Britain to be a political revolutionary is small, anxious movments, since there is so little passionate politicism. Compare that to the rallying calls of Bolsheviks in 1917s communist Russia, it's nothing.

    "And you can tell by the way I raise my hand - not in a fist but for a question."

    Also, you can tell I'm a rebel in British politicism since I ask a questions. Compare this to being a rebel in communist Russia.

    "Take out your manifestos and then put them away.
    I implore you to ignore every word I say."

    These manifestos are just formalities, the ideas and ideals they contain arn't politically important anymore. Infact, I'd prefer you (a citizen) to ignore this part of politics altogether.

    "And if my status as a figure on a stage implies authority,
    I hope my caution and my age belies my humility"

    If you're silly enough to fall under my authority purely because I'm in a political position then It's no stretch to hope you won't read into my real intent, instead seeing my appearance and basing opinions on that...

    "And will to take my rage and try to turn myself into a one-man landslide."

    ... and from this, I'll take my real, underlying passion for power and abuse my personal image to win power (as opposed to using the party's ideals to appeal to voters.)

    Rest is a lot more simple.
    Spritzidoon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFranks said on various occasions that its a pisstake of 'political' bands who adopt that stupid, simplistic 'leftist' approach and dont really know what theyre talking about.
    imgoinghomesickon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI do love this song. It begings so furious and passionate, if you're not paying attention you get swept up in it and it appears he's been sincere, but then it all slows down, and by the point he says "can't you see my tongue inside my cheek" you realise you've been had. Very clever.

    I like this a lot more than his solo stuff. I've only listened to 'Reasons not to be an idiot' properly, but the lyrics there are nowhere near as good as this. I found it a little too straight forward and bland, this much more interesting.
    thespreadon June 18, 2009   Link

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