Well, the day dawned and dried the grass on the ground
Someone up and died without a sound
And though we looked for you, well, you couldn’t be found
You were already on your way, dear
And I saw them call as you walked down the street
But tall through it all, you’d admit no defeat
Despite the grief that you get from everyone you meet
But open up and let things change, dear
Now we don’t ask for medals, we don’t ask for praise
We work hard instead, and then we walk away
But when the question still pends at the end of every day
Oh, open up to what it’s saying
So the weight of the world, it won’t get you down
You make what you wear and you don’t wait around
You give ‘em what they want (or as much as you can)
Like you’ve done all along, and you’ll do again
But who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love?
So the weight of your will will stave off decline
And you won’t stop that war, but that don’t stop you trying
You say all the words that move all our friends
And you work ‘til the clock has gone ‘round again
But who do you love? Who do you love? Who do you love?
And so goes the most of our freedom of speech: we live for the city, we work for the beach
And when the weekend seems to be just out of reach
Just make the most of what you’re paid, dear
Your love’s a ghost, and that’s why we’re delayed here


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    General Commentlove this song

    sounds like a letter from an american soldier in iraq to bush.

    "And I saw them call as you walked down the street
    But tall through it all, you’d admit no defeat
    Despite the grief that you get from everyone you meet
    But open up and let things change, dear"
    Bush should stop being so stubborn and realize that people have a point when they want to pull out of iraq.

    "Now we don’t ask for medals, we don’t ask for praise
    We work hard instead, and then we walk away"
    The soldier doesn't want glory, he just wants to go home.

    "So the weight of the world, it won’t get you down"
    Bush is living in his own oblivious naive bubble.
    mdawgon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think thats reading a little deep into the song, while most of the album is antiwar, look at the album title, living with the living...the title is about living with americans, not in the white house or in iraq, on the streets of america, and this song sings to the average blue collar worker, already off to work before dawn...
    'we live for the city, we work for the beach'
    could that encompass the blue collar worker any more? i think not
    surfercuzon May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is Ted Leo's update on the middle class or soliders in Iraq, people who do the actual work for america
    alonedownthereon June 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'd always suspected it was directed towards bush, and mdawg's suggestion that it's from a soldier makes it make so much more sense to me. "Who do you love?" likely refers to how republicans are often talking of how they support the troops. a few other lines to take note of

    "So the weight of your will will stave off decline
    And you won’t stop that war, but that don’t stop you trying" referring to troop levels not declining and how bush wants to end the war with a surge

    "And so goes the most of our freedom of speech" most likely about patriot act, bush criticizing people for criticizing his war "plan"

    "Your love’s a ghost, and that’s why we’re delayed here" referring to the longer tours of duty for soldiers
    sonofabobon June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is just about the working class American, or perhaps anyone that is in the middle class of their community. Particularly, it seems like it is about the more passionate individuals that some of us might be or might be friends with that can't stop trying to fix everything even though there is no chance of it. I think you're taking the metaphor about medals a little too seriously, although I get where you are coming from with verse about the subject being harassed in the streets.
    Brandnewruinson August 12, 2010   Link

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