"Backwoods Nation" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
Calling all rednecks to put down their sluggers
And turn their attention from beating the buggers
To pick up machine guns and kill camel fuckers
Backwoods nation

Calling the doctors of spin and the smoke screen
To whip the new hate-triots into a frenzy
Of good versus evil ignoring the history of the
Backwoods nation

Ain’t it a shame?
When due process stands in the way of swift justice

Calling all frat boys to trade in their hazing
Their keggers and cocaine
And casual date raping
For cabinet appointments
And rose garden tapings
Backwoods, backwoods, backwoods, nation


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    General Commentnorthwriter are you kidding? yeah a musician is only supposed to write lyrics that you feel appropriate. he was obviously inspired and so he wrote a great song. dont be a dumbass
    JordanExplodedon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkeggers is right, cabin is cabinet.

    This song is so obvious that if you don't get it, you're more than retarded. A very powerful, Dylan-esque political message. It's truly a great song, though it is old.
    thewalrusamion July 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song originally came out in '02 on the Jade Tree sampler Location Is Everything, Vol. 1. bazan wrote it right away after 9-11, and it was the first time he dropped the F-bomb in any of his published music.

    i think there are two main themes here: what the person singing sees as the backwards, hawkish way the US gov't is run, and the inability or refusal of the rest of America to see it.
    MegaMan2oo6on July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, america as a whole is quite ignorant.
    ryanisarealboyon August 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta couple lyric changes:
    beating the buggers (not brothers)
    smoke screen (not smoke stream)
    also instead of pariots I believe he's actually saying hate-triots
    turtlenateon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAfter 9/11 we could of gone through the World Court or United Nations and convicted those guilty (which i'm sure if we spent more money on investigating 9/11 than we did on Clintons blow jobs it would be possible to find them)...

    Instead we reacted like rednecks....

    "To whip the new patriots into a frenzy
    Of good versus evil ignoring the history"

    This is a powerful line because America is actually one of the leading states of organized terrorist acts (we killed around 1 to 1.5 million iraqis as a result of our terrorist attacks in the 90's during clintons two terms. along with around one million in the country of Sudan.
    bmx_ryan360on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou can go rally them, NW. Maybe find a IED and do us a favor.
    farouhkon October 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentim trying to figure out if this is sarcastic or not lol....either way, read it throo sarcastically or as if its serious...... its a great song. love 2 u.
    goodgollymissmollyon March 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is more about the ignorance of the Americans who go to fight not understanding what it is they are fighting for. his use of the words 'camel fuckers' becomes more of a quote from the rednecks who go and fight this 'war'. people ignore the history of those we are fighting thus living in ignorance of any understanding of what the meaning of this war could be except to kill 'camel fuckers'.
    HeartlessNewon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, thewalrusami, you could probably benefit from trying to be a little nicer. Not everyone is necessarily as smart - or as innately cynical - as you and David Bazan. Also, not sure if you've heard, but calling people retarded is kind of not socially acceptable anymore. Harmful jokes only help to perpetuate a hateful agenda. Get wit' da P.C., yo!

    Second, NorthWriter, he's obviously not jumping on the "Bring Our Troops Home!" bandwagon since he wrote this almost immediately after the WTC attack, long before the occupation of Iraq in 2004.

    Also, MegaMan2oo6, he drops the f-bomb in Pedro the Lion's "Foregone Conclusions" on the Achilles Heel album, saying,
    "You were too busy steering the conversation toward the Lord to hear the voice of the Spirit begging you to shut the fuck up. You thought it must be the devil, trying to make you go astray. Besides, it couldn't be the Lord because you don't believe that He talks that way."
    which is such a good line. But yeah, I just wanted to let you know that.

    Fourth, farouhk, man, make love, not war! ElimiNATE the HATE!

    Next, "hate-triots" is such an effective word for nationalists. Kudos, Mr. Bazan.

    Sixth-of-ly, I think this song is even more straightforward if one would look at it in paragraph format:
    Calling all rednecks to put down their sluggers and turn their attention from beating the buggers[, so as] to pick up machine guns and kill camel-fuckers. Backwoods nation!
    Calling the doctors of spin and smokescreen to whip the new hate-triots into a frenzy of good versus evil, ignoring the history of the backwoods nation.
    Ain't it a shame that due process gets in the way of swift justice?
    Calling all frat boys to trade in their hazings [and] their keggers and cocaine and casual date-rapings for cabinet appointments and rose garden tapings. Backwoods nation!

    Finally, could someone please explain to me the "cabinet appointments and rose garden tapings" line? I assume it has to do with the presidential administration, but I don't know the specific reference. Thanks.
    jsbassoonguyon December 31, 2007   Link

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