"Flag and Family" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Clint Frederick Schnase and Ted James Stevens....
Your daddy and my daddy had a drink at the bar
Talking about what was best for me
Without a name or a degree,
Stubbornly holding onto you
And you pulling away from me

The best that they could say,
For my restless teenage ways,
Was time in the service
Might serve me well,
Even if it's just service in
The latrines

Lucy my love,
Don't go sending me off to war
I put up with your family,
Full of bigots and fanatics,
Just to get a little closer to you,
Now you've turned on me too
You have turned on me too.

Go hide behind your flag and family
This town has nothing left for me
This town is nothing more
Than a fundamentalist penitentiary

When you're down on your knees
Are you praying for holy war?
When you're down on your knees
Are you praying for holy war?
Lucy my love,
Don't go sending me off to war

We must live,
We must true,
To our childhood dreams,
Or they're worthless
And our youth is insincere

So where do we find worth?

I put up with your family,
Full of bigots and fanatics,
Just to get a little closer to you,
Now you've turned on me too
You have turned on me too.

When you're down on your knees
Are you praying for holy war?
When you're down on your knees
Are you praying for holy war?
Lucy my love,
Don't go sending me off to war

We must live,
We must true,
To our childhood dreams,
Or they are worthless
And our youth is insincere

So where do we find worth?






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"Flag and Family" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Comment"damaged penitentary" should be "fundamentalist penitentary"
    tjwellson June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfifth hymn the brute kiss of Judas
    jewslateron June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I can see the connection with Judas
    "I put up with your family, full of bigots and fanatics,
    just to get a little closer to you, now you've turned on me too, "
    remembermaineon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe Tim is talking about how two lovers are being torn apart due to conflicts in society. I think it may be racism, and the families of the two do not want to two seeing each other. "I put up with your family, full of bigots and fanatics."

    Then Tim goes on to describe how the boys love has now turned on him. Instead of going with her feelings, she caves under the pressure of everyone else. "now you've turned on me too."
    x-Country Kidon August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalmost like romeo and juliet.


    yes it is oily war. i have the album. so that would mean it takes place today.
    driftwoodxon September 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is ted stephens singing on this song
    singing quite irritatingly, too
    battaryacidon November 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentted wrote it too. i dont find him irritating at all
    RogueCheddaron November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI could swear he's saying "This town IS nothing more than a fundamentalist penitentiary"
    felenon February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guy sings this song perfectly. southern rock feel. is there no end to their talent??
    arrow100on April 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentya whadddaaa heeckk battaryacid, ted rules. not only is tim a great lyricist, but ted too, jeeez
    let uss be freeon August 31, 2007   Link

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