We meet in underground parking lots,
And late night in coffee shops,
With voices low unless we're drunk,
We got hats and cop sunglasses.

We question all that is wrong,
We discuss conspiracy,
Are we enemies of the state?
Or idealist bourgeoisie?

I'll get this one, put it on my card,
I get frequent flier miles and a book of upgrades,
So next visit the third world I won't have to fly second class,
The people's revolution is gonna be a podcast.

We took the bus to the anarchist's bookfair
I left the hybrid at home
I scored an extremely rare signed copy of
"The Communist Manifesto"

We protested the G8,
Got maced by female police,
In hot black uniforms and boots,
I got one's e-mail address.

Still I'm waiting to see if my bid on eBay was enough,
To get "Today's Empires Are Tomorrow's Ashes" on Soviet red vinyl,
It's going on the wall,
Next to "Tubthumper" and "The Battle Of Los Angeles"

Of Los Angeles...


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    General CommentThis song is making fun of all of the "revolutionary wannabes" out there. And god knows there are a shitload of them. It's pointing out how everyone who acts like they would like to overthrow the government or revolt in any way are all really hipocrates.

    Also, the title is a play on The Moron Brothers, becasue the people described in the song are morons.

    God damn NoFx is the shit.
    timwins31on May 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe song isnt making fun of Rage or anything like that, people need to be educated before they write crap like that.

    its just pointing out the irony in the fact that so many people who are anti-establishment and support certain left wing agendas happen to also be rich and and just as part of the capitalist system that they criticize. (such as how he talks about buying various anti-establishment products by wholely capitalist means such as e-bay).

    the song is partially self depracating because fat mike himself is filthy rich, but is still a part of the counter-culture, so to speak.

    the song, however, is not necessarily criticizing any leftist, socialist, or anarchist ideals, but is more a commentary on how EVERYTHING in our culture now is monetized, commercialized and capitalized, even the resistance and revolution to that very system.

    its a clever song, it DOES have meaning but its also making fun of things too... typical NOFX, joke with some teeth behind it. it is making fun of pseudo-anarchists too, but mike can't really do that so well because he is rich and lives in the suburbs
    nickpapajorgioon December 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentToday's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes is Album by the band Propaghandi

    The Battle of Los Angeles is an album by Rage Against The Machine.

    The Communist Manifesto was a sort of mission statement written by Karl Marx for the Communist League

    The G8 is an annual politcal & economical summit that consists of the following countries:
    (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Russian Federation. )
    JeffKaos71on February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually, this says nothing of the movement of anarchism or socialism. rather it shows that those two movement have assholes in them, just like any other movement. supporters of free market capitalism and reprentative democracy have just as many, if not more, assholes in their ranks. this is about the people who claim to be involved in a movement they could give a shit less about.
    aubible_sighon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe last line in this song is supposed to say "its going on the wall next to Tubthumper and The Battle Of Los Angeles"

    Tubthumper is and album by Chumbawamba
    erik_shunon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentplease disregard my last comment. i don't know what the hell i was talking about. i posted that after only hearing the song once, but since then i've heard it many more times...and i think it's about rich yuppies pretending to be into anarchism or socialism because they think it's 'cool,' but really they don't get it and never will.
    "I'll get this one, put it on my card
    I get frequent flier miles and a book of upgrades
    So next visit the third world I won't have to fly second class
    The people's revolution is gonna be a podcast"
    this is obviously about someone with plenty of money and frequent flyer miles, etc. who thinks it would be really cool to be a part of the 'revolution,' but in reality they live a very sheltered life...so they have no clue what the 'revolution' is really about.
    ok, i think i'm done now.
    the_music_nazion March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"It just goes to show anarchism and socialism are just a joke. Because not one believer in them takes them seriously. They'll lose interest in the "revolution" because most people grow up. "

    What does that have to do with anything? Nofx have never stated anything like that, stop trying to project your opinion onto others.
    silent eulogyon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about my favourite sort of people: rich hippies. The sort of people who pay 50 bucks for Che shirts at General Pants.
    artiste-ordinaireon April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChumbawamba is an anarchist musical group, from what I remember hearing... Although "Tubthumper" might suggest otherwise.
    ohpkyleon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe reference to propagandhi aside possible claims of sell-out by the other bands... do you think thats a knee-jerk response to "rock for sustainable capitalism" or do they actually have grounds to insult the band?
    bluetearson April 05, 2006   Link

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