she said “no, you are not a girl you are a boy.
you'd best start acting like one or i
will tell your mom i'll tell your dad
i'll send you to the principle again
now for the last time tell me what have you learned today?”
“teacher, teacher, i learned that there is only one way
that i can live. and that's the way that they program
in the textbooks and the tv screens”
hey mom, what did i learn today in school?
i learned how to be a boy.
i learned how to be a man.
and i sang “my country 'tis of thee”
because i like to sing.
and i learned that there's an 'us,' there's a 'them'
there are good guys there are bad guys
and the bad guys aren't allowed to be your friends.
and i learned all about liberty
it's a statue in a harbor near a city called new york
and i learned, statues are things that we build
to remind us of things that have died.
but wait, i'm so confused
because they told us that sharing was good
but then i look at my own town
and the one next door
and i wonder why we don't share some of our mansions
with the four car garages?
and them in their broken-down mills
and the dirty river that runs between us
it's not safe to swim across.
they told us so on a fieldtrip
to the other side.

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    General CommentWhat I get from this song is that we are "programmed" at a young age to all act, think, do the same things. We are taught to do what the wolrd tells us to do, as oppposed to what we want to. It shows the naivety of most people to their surroundsings.
    brighteyes602on September 27, 2007   Link

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