She turns like the ocean
She tells no emotion
She's been gunning down the fight
She's just reminiscing
Blood sweat and one things missing
She's been breaking up inside, inside

Singing without tongues
Screaming without lungs
I want more than my lonely nation
I want more than my lonely nation
Desperate we are young, seperate we are one
I want more than my desperation
I want more than my lonely nation

We are the target market, we set the corporate target
We are slaves of what we want
We're just not amused and, we're just used to bad news
We are slaves of what we want

Singing without tongues
Screaming without lungs
I want more than my lonely nation
I want more than my lonely nation
Desperate we are young
Seperate we are one
I want more than my desperation
I want more than my lonely nation

Lonely
Lonely

Don't leave me
I'm tired
Don't leave me
I'm tired of feeling low
I'm feeling low
I'm feeling low!

Singing without tongues
Screaming without lungs
I want more than my desperation nation
I want more than my lonely nation
Desperate we are young, seperate we are one
I want more than my lonely nation
I want more than my lonely nation
I want more than my lonely nation
I want more than my lonely nation


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  • +4
    General Commentquotes from Jon Foreman:

    "Or maybe I'm still trying to figure out this broken, beautiful planet- writing songs as a way of therapy in the hopes of a better understanding of this existence that we call life. Either way, the lonely struggle for meaning and truth in the postmodern world is a subject matter that I don't think I could ever exhaust."

    "I'd walk around near the back and just breathe in the loneliness masses of scared kids. I remember thinking how ironic it is that you have this generation of kids connected through Instant Messaging and text messages, yet people grow more and more lonely every day."
    ThisSettingSunon August 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw Switchfoot last night in Sydney and they opened with this song. I didn't know it last night and now I can't stop listening to it. It's so powerful, lyrically and musically. At the concert it really just hit me and I couldnt help giving in to the song it was so great! Anyway I found this on the Switchfoot website, this comes straight from Jon:

    "Desperate times call for desperate measures. Over the course our time on the road as a band I have met so many amazing, beautiful, desperate, lonely people. We are the lonely nation. We are the disenchanted, the disillusioned- we are the remnant of lonely souls wanting more than anything that we can buy with this cold, hard cash. I wrote this song while we were playing a stretch of rock radio shows. I'd walk around near the back and just breathe in the loneliness- masses of lonely, scared kids. I remember thinking about the irony. Here you have this connected generation of online communities, IM, TM, myspace, and cell phones that grows more and more lonely every day. This is a song is still yearning, saying, "Don't settle, please, don't give up. Fight for only the true and the beautiful!"

    We wanted to start the record with this track because we feel that this song picks up where Meant to Live left off. There is hope for meaning and truth in this life but it probably doesn't come in the form of a corporate slogan. We, the target market, want more than this world has to offer. This is a song where tim and chad drive the verses and the guitars take the chorus. We've played this song many times live and refined it quite a bit from it's original state. There's nothing like playing a new song in front of real people with real opinions. The people at those shows, (the extended switchfoot family), they shaped this song as much as anyone."

    Peace out : P
    AiR7oNon October 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"We are slaves of what we want."
    I absolutely love that line. It's so true. We're no longer driven by need, now we're driven by greed. Hey, that rhymed! Anyway, I think this is a great song about how our greed only makes us lonely and we think getting more things will cure the lonliness. It's a circle that never ends.
    Sehmaraon September 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI reckon this will be their next single and I reckon it could do really well. People will like the sound of it and I think the lyrics could get people on board too. The questioning, unsatisfied aspect is something a lot of people share and I think could cause everyone to really relate to this song. It's a great song as is the album.
    shirvson September 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti get from the chorus that the band are saying that we live in a shallow world thats not where we belong.
    "We are the target market, we set the corporate target
    We are slaves of what we want"- I love this part, talks about how we are people living for our acquisitions
    clairpatraon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't leave me/I'm tired/Don't leave me/I'm tired of feeling low/I'm feeling low/I'm feeling low

    is incorrect.

    the correct lyrics are:

    "Don't leave me hollow. I'm tired.
    Don't leave me hollow. I'm tired of feeling low, of feeling hollow."
    Oh! Emilyon February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWe're just not amused and...
    is incorrect as well
    it is
    "We're just numb and amused"
    Oh! Emilyon February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta decent song
    crazyyankeedude7on February 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so catchy. i think it means people are focussing on the wrong things in life "slaves of what we want". there are more important things. so true!
    iluvsfon February 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove the intro. Love it, love it, LOVE IT.
    Rest of the song's good too, and I actually think this is my fave Switchfoot album in general at this point.
    InfiniteComplexityon October 13, 2010   Link

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