i was standing on the stop
thinking of humanity
when you came along so righteous with a new national hate
so convincing is the ardor of war and of men
it's harder to breathe than to believe you're a friend
you stick me in the back with a sideways smile
unity's the front of a gang mentality
you're trying to burn the ashes
but they won't catch fire
while reason is coagulating in the mire
as the final poor man's carcass washes up on my shore
i don't know much but i know that wars begets more war
are you willing to wait?
for another watergate?
this national uproar's got me in surrender
fear is the sender
cuz the whole wide world is watching
but no one's doin anything
the whole wide world is watching
we justify the enemy
how unpopular it seems to be persuasive for peace
i got a mind full of destruction-
but it's only for me
like a wedding vow i speak the word: equality
but alas i feel that everyone is stronger than me
you know that i was born against the O.I.A.
(opression, ignorance, & authority)
but that is nothing new if you've heard what i say
as the mahatma sheds a tear, buried so deep underground
we continue to uphold the men who keep us down
are you willing to die
for a president-sized lie?
for a man you've never met?
why ask why?
we stick our brother
while the whole wide world is watching
all we are
and dreams to be
come to pass,
it won't, you'll see
should the land we claim to be
chain the world so we are free
though i try to see
i'm blinded by the light in front of me
are we doomed to stumble on and to repeat?
well so it seems



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    General CommentPossibly one of the MOST POLITI-PUNK songs in the world. Ezra kire is a fucking genius.
    thelastpunkkidon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti cant believe only one guy has commented on this song. this is one of my favorite songs of all time. i just wish there were more morning glory songs like it. ;[

    as for the meaning, its pretty self explanatory. basically "the cause" is getting a little old now, and he's kinda fed up that nothing anyone does seems to have any real effect on the world. It just seems like everyone's watching the events of the world, and then going about their business.
    "are we doomed to stumble on and to repeat? so it seems" that about sums it up.
    tacomunch3ron March 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentVery killer track. Great sounding guitars for a punk band, especially at the end. Not the greatest political song ever written but all-in-all a good message and a thoughtful one.

    Oh, and don't feel the need to listen Aus-Rotten to get good political punk. Good Riddance will do just fine, their lyrics are intelligent, insightful, and very political. As an added bonus they don't sound like total shit, which is more than I can say about Aus-Rotten.
    BazookaToothon October 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like Ezra a lot. He reminds me of Joe Strummer.
    Tig45on December 17, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLast Punk Kid, you must listen to any real political punk if you think this is one of the most "politi-punk" songs in the world. Go listen to some Aus-Rotten. Try "Modern Day Witch Hunt", "Perverted Patriotism"...shit, just listen to everything by them (or even Behind Enemy Lines) and you'll quickly dismiss the political side of this song.
    WorldStrikeon September 07, 2008   Link

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