With our ass in the air and our heads in the ground
There's no sense of dispair, without sight, without sound
We hold our ears and shut our eyes
Distant screams morph into lullabies

We beat indifferent drums
We pound 'til we're numb

We validate, rationalize
Corroborate each others' lies
Pat my back and I'll pat yours
Benevolent conquistadors

Piss down throats, shit in cupped hands
Wipe our asses with all foreign flags

20 feet high, 2 feet thick
Barbed-wire, razor blades
The wall was build to keep them out
While keeping us in goose-step parades

We don't question what we've become
We march to the beat of the same indifferent drum

We're beat until we're numb


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    General CommentI am blown away by the fact that no one has commented on this song. It is one of my favorite tracks off of Wolves in Wolves' Clothing, and one of my favorite NOFX songs. It is about how so many americans turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to all the troubles they know to exist in the world.
    GDMarinon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is awesome. I like towards the end, "We beat until we're numb."
    subhumanson July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThen how it turns into, "We're beat until we're numb." Sorry for the double post.
    subhumanson July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think GDMarin has this one down pretty well. At the part about the wall may be a reference to immigration from Mexico.
    Gophersmockon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think the first 4 lines is one of NOFX's greatest moments
    mrguy6on June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song with great lyrics, especially this part

    "Piss down throats, shit in cupped hands
    Wipe our asses with all foreign flags"

    Love that little intro riff, too bad they don't repeat it throughout the song.
    Punkfather666on September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song with great lyrics, especially this part

    "Piss down throats, shit in cupped hands
    Wipe our asses with all foreign flags"

    Love that little intro riff, too bad they don't repeat it throughout the song.
    Punkfather666on September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is more personal to Fat Mike and the rest of the band than just an indictment of American indifference to world affairs. After "The Decline,"they claimed that they go on with their lives, they know the truth, but prefer lies, lies are simple, simple is bliss...etc. They are able to escape the feelings of despair by sticking their heads in the ground and patting each others backs.
    maahhkuson October 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDistant screams morph into lullabies

    pretty rad line right there
    like dont pay attention to any problems (keep thtem far away) and they'll start sounding better and better
    millman25on May 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about Feudal China and when it built the Great Wall to keep the Mongolians out. Ancient Chinese often used war drums.
    You're welcome. :D
    ZeroXFallenon March 14, 2010   Link

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