The ( Downing Street ) memo says…
…We gotta work to make the facts fit the false charges
Pull the wool over the eyes of the filthy masses
Stab the people in the back for the corporate choice
Roll the propaganda out using The People’s Voice

We don’t want to talk about it…

The press scribble scribble every half-truth spoke
Then shoot it round the country like an April Fools joke
Hype the nation for a Desert Storm love affair
Wave the stars and stripes like you just don’t care!

They talk it up all day, talk it up all night

Talk until their face turns blue – Red white and blue!
But when the truth escapes the night and crawls into the day
We find the picture still askew

They don’t want to… talk talk talk talk talk about it
They want tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and mindlessly salute
They don’t want to talk about it
They want tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and cowardly salute

And on the TV screen…

…Diversion and aversion is the flavor of the day
Was it WMDs? Or Democracy?
Blame it on MI-6 or the CIA
The White House Press Corpse only has one thing to say…

“We don’t want to talk about it!”

The White House boils over, “Al Jazeera got it wrong!”
The Press Corpse jumps onboard singing the White House song
While over in Iraq thousands are dead because of lies
The spineless war drumming-press corpse have taken lives

They don’t want to… talk talk talk talk talk about it
They want tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and mindlessly salute
They don’t want to talk about it
They want tiptoe, walk around it
Wave the flag and cowardly salute
Fires fueled on endless lies
Black shrouds coat desert skies
A nation’s viewpoint blurred and led
As embeds report what they’re fed


Lyrics submitted by borisep

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    General CommentThis song was written in dedication of the mainstream-corporate media, in particular Judith Miller and the New York Times, who failed miserably in their role as The People’s investigative watchdog of the powerful and instead acted as a stenographer for the White House in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq . It is also dedicated to the Bush White House for successfully intimidating and shutting out any reporters who questioned their distortions, half-truths and lies in the build up to the war, and continue to do so. Most of all, this song was written in dedication of Democracy Now! as well as a handful of other courageous journalists for getting it right on Iraq , for continuing to report it like it is while the others report what is safe, and for putting integrity before profit.

    -Justin Sane, Anti-Flag
    borisepon February 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFuck yea! im glad someone got these lyrics. this song kicks ass
    "Wave the flag and mindlessly salute" best line
    CMOR15on February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are on the Anti-Flag site home page. I just submitted the lyrics to "State Funeral."

    The new album is amazing. "This is the End (For You My Friend) is currently my favorite.
    some1_named_no_1on February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is an awsome i love what there saying and it has a great flow, definatly leaves you feeling charged.
    witherdroseon May 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight on to Justin! This song is not only great fun, but the lyrics are a biting testament to the failings of the press to rise above crass commercialization and do the job of questioning the government - not to please the rating or one party or political view, but because the press is the last voice of true democracy. I love it alternative rock with a stinging point of view. Maybe the young generation will rise back up and sieze the future.
    skaboochyon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInvestigative journalism is dying, and it's only partly the media corporations' fault. Just today, Gitmo threw out the remaining reporters that were observing prison conditions and reactions to the triple suicides. Fuck people like Rupert Murdoch for letting money dictate the news, and fuck the government for abridging freedom of the press.
    sicklecowon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the way this song flows. anti flag owns the world...
    superninja515on July 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hate that this is a good song.
    I mean, even though these guys are apparently blithering idiots, it's a good song.
    "While over in Iraq thousands are dead because of lies"
    I hate that line, it's such a lie.
    americanxjetxseton August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI see Borisep Has done her duty of buying the album. I love how they put the songmeanings in the booklet. Also those essays on how they got the idea etc etc. anyways. great album...suport them and go buy it! remember..."no income...no band..."-justin sane from a-f- thats from the faq section on their website.
    radiant_eclipseon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentObviously if you are a republican you wouldnt like most of the songs Anti-Flag likes because they are anti-bush/ anti-government. Regardless, this is my 3rd favorite songs on the album. I think it has a lot of meaning to it.

    I think this song means that the government wants to talk about all of the good stuff that they are doing, hence the lines:

    They talk it up all day, talk it up all night
    Talk until their face turns blue – Red white and blue!


    But when the truth gets out about what they're doing they dont want to talk about it:

    But when the truth escapes the night and crawls into the day
    We find the picture still askew
    They don’t want to… talk talk talk talk talk about it
    They want tiptoe, walk around it
    SongSwann123on December 28, 2006   Link

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