Random lost souls have asked me
"What's the future of rock'n'roll?"
I say "I don't know does it matter?"
This and that scene,
They sound all the same to me
Neither much worse nor much better

We're so fucked these days
We don't know who to hate or who to praise
Yet we consider this our suffering and pain
When we're so privileged, a fact
We all forget about as
We go whining all over the place.

How we've laughed as they shoveled the ashes
Wrath hath soured
Blood and death, we will pay back the debt
For this candy store of ours.

Look at those cunts on MTV
With their cars, and cribs, and rings and shit
Is that what being a celebrity means?
Look, boys and girls, here's BBC
See corpses, rapes, and amputees
What do you think now of the American dream?

And our soccer moms and dads
Who raised us brats on these TV ads
I know that they sleep at night
Their conscience is intact
They've convinced themselves of that
Giving money to Jesus Fucking H Christ

How they laughed as we shoveled the ashes
Of the twin towers
Blood and death, we will pay back the debt
For this candy store of ours.


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"Worlds Apart" as written by Roger Miller

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    General CommentThis is commentary on American Life and celebrity in america. Its also about september 11 and how america will pay for taking everything forgranted.

    "How they laughed as we shoveled the ashes
    Of the twin towers
    Blood and death, we will pay back the debt
    For this candy store of ours."

    "Look, boys and girls, here's BBC
    See corpses, rapes, and amputees
    What do you think now of the American dream?"
    strokesmanon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah...everybody in america complains about how much the us sucks...when actually its probly the most privaleged country.
    still....fuck america. fuck bush. fuck 9.11. fuck all that shit.
    sink_to_the_beaton February 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits about fishing really - its deep but you'll find it.
    keifrieon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthah.. fishing.
    noisetothetapeon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst explanation is dead on. I'm an American and over time I have allowed my blinders to come down and have come to the decision that our indulgence is the reason we and the world have so many problems. However, I think for other countries to take a snotty ass stance against Americans is lame because if their nations had the same power base and ability to do what we have done, they would do the same. Corrupt politics in democracies or republics are only products of the greedy, egocentric creatures that we are.
    FrancestheMuteon April 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more about Western society as a whole, as well as America.
    And also how we're becoming desensitised too all the bad things we see in the world "Look, boys and girls, here's BBC
    See corpses, rapes, and amputees", this is stuff that is seen quite often over here
    All in all about the whole world is fucked
    ocelotrevson August 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics definately make this song very interesting. There's so many comments on various subjects from music to consumerism to politics.

    "Blood and death, we will pay back the debt/For this candy store of ours," definately makes the statement that 911 was a result of the indulgent lifestyle Americans (and the western world) lives. On the other hand "Look, boys and girls, here's BBC/See corpses, rapes, and amputees" is particularly critical of specifically the media censorship in America.

    "I know that they sleep at night/Their conscience is intact" would have to be an 'ignorance is bliss' comment, whilst "Jesus Fucking H Christ" would really have to be 'George W Bush'.
    Amélie_23on August 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthaha it's really to bad that people use Bush as a scapegoat for all their problems in life.
    Drummer_362on March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of an old fashioned Clash song - where Strummer would rail on everything from the music scene to politics to society all in one caustic and perfectly executed song. I always think of this song as a relic of old-style punk music. Anyway, it's great.
    songagoneon June 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the lyrics to pieces. straight-forward yet clever. sadly, they're so right with this. we are privileged, we do live in a candy store, others have to suffer for it and we keep forgetting about it and worrying about the lifes of celebrities. i can listen to this song over and over agian, shouting at the top of my lungs.
    numbskullon August 12, 2006   Link

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