I know I like doing a lot of talking. Time goes on, I'm talking still
While soldier girls are dodging grenades
and rockets, and moms and dads are paying the bill
And they say, it's the only way
Ooh, it's the only way
And the play like it's a game
Oooh, it's like it's a game

Sometimes something about my being on the sidelines doesn't jibe
And I know why the millions of working people,
they would fight if they had time
And they say, it's the only way
Ooh, it's the only way
And the play like it's a game
Oooh, it's like it's a game

And what can you say to take that weight away?
I look into the endless bottom, and all I want is what should be.
I'm damned ashamed to feel this rotten
Can we reclaim what's been forgotten?
The state of the State don't let me feel that safe.
I want to take it to the tired and affronted, and all they want is one who'll lead
but I'll put it to you plain and bluntly:
I'm worried for my tired country
That look on your face - don't let it go to waste
Take it to the floor of Congress
Look into the Core of Rotten
Turn into the one who got us out.

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    General Commentfor this song Ted ditches allegory and metaphor, and puts it to you plain and bluntly:

    bitch is worried for his tired country.

    love love love this song! yay Ted!
    LittleUnicornBoyon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLittleUnicornBoy...I love that you just said "bitch is worried"!

    I bet Ted Leo will be "the one who [gets] us out"
    prilla1206on May 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentted leo wrote this song about john kerry before the 2004 presidential election. he's asking for someone to stop the bush administration and be the one who got us out to put it in his words.
    cmanon August 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat cman says seems to make a lot of sense. Recently Ted Leo came to DC (woot) and played for a peace rally which was completely awesome. i love how includes the fact that there are people who do care but cant because their working their ass off (therefore indirectly helping the current corrupt system) just to feed their family. I also like the way the lyrics are strait up and nonconfusing. (yes! a song that i can understand) Sing it loud Ted Leo we Love U.
    chingchongluvon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if this song is specifically for Kerry, but Leo is definitely looking for some leader thats worth getting behind. I also love the first to verses dealing with the American Lower and Middle Classes willingness to fight, and how, even though Ted doesn't understand this willingness, he supports it. Or at least thats what I get from it.
    BelialCaron September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really hate this song. Not because it's a bad song, but simply because it's such a letdown. It starts out as this huge song, hyped with tons of energy and then he just decides in the middle that it's going to lose that completely and turn into a really bad dirge.

    Tsk Tsk Mr. Leo, you've let me down.
    BSX98on January 06, 2007   Link

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