There's no more bad weather underground
It's time to settle down
For all of the kiddies' sakes
Yeah, you'll want to be around
And who could have seen
Where everyone would go
And what did it mean?

Not everyone can know
I grew up with no gasoline
On the darkest edge of town
I became quite the changeling
There was just so much around

So much to be seen
And no one to stop you seeing
And oh, the things that I've been
And all of the things I'm being still

And I hold on to some dreams
Though the years seem to move so slowly
The years have been lean
But that's how we've stayed so gold

So, so long to you “Moderates”
It's time for getting down
Your peace and quiet is criminal
While there's injustice in the town

Go on with your dreams
It's silly to let them go
And say what you mean
Now everyone can know

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"Criminal Piece" as written by Leo

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    General CommentTed Leo's main point in this song is that it is criminal to keep quiet about something you feel strongly about. More specifically, I think he is talking about speaking out against political matters that we might be against.

    "Your peace and quiet is criminal
    While there’s injustice in the town"
    Fionar2001on January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentever heard the quote "all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing"? he sayin to go for it man, carpe diem!
    Scrabbleon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about an optimistic criminal in captivity,
    but he is looking on the bright side, even in the worst possible situations
    "no more bad weather underground"
    and telling everyone to live life.
    tropical icelandon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think "weather underground" is a reference to the youth organization that existed in the 70s. The were primarily against the war in vietnam but also considered themselves part of the leftist movement. More info:…
    bagoon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is about all of the Baby Boomer hippies who were virulently against the war in Vietnam but became more conservative or "moderate" as they grew older, had kids, and settled down. The song is a call to arms, telling them to remember how they used to fight against the establishment that they are now a part of. It could also be directed at Congressional Democrats who didn't stand up to Bush and the Republicans on the march to war in Iraq.
    benjam326on February 19, 2007   Link

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