"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" as written by James Dean Bradfield, Nicholas Allen Jones and Sean Moore....
The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
So if I can shoot rabbits
Then I can shoot fascists

Bullets for your brain today
But we'll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder

And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next

Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young
And being so vain

Holes in your head today
But I'm a pacifist
I've walked las ramblas
But not with real intent

And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next

And on the street tonight an old man plays
With newspaper cuttings of his glory days

And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate thisThen your children will be next

And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next

And on the street tonight an old man plays
With newspaper cuttings of his glory days


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"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" as written by James Dean Bradfield James Bradfield

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    General CommentHe describes the hate and sorrow in the world and how people seem to tolerate it yet they don't realize that the more we tolerate and do nothing about it it will just continue unchanged for the next generation to suffer through.
    silverprodon April 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the work of George Orwell on the Spanish civil war. La Ramblas is a street in the centre of Barcelona where the bourgeois walked around disguised as peasants

    "Gravity keeps my head down
    Or is it maybe shame
    At being so young and being so vain"

    I walked down La Ramblas in the late 90s after hearing this song and it was full of young alternative kids selling weed, probably rebelling against their middle class parents.
    TheFoston November 26, 2012   Link

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