If life is such a drag and they can do it better
Let them take you miles from home tonight
If life is such a drag and they can do it better
Let them take you miles from home

You say that you care for the people they fed
Then tell them what you want to do
Is it love or revenge to pay for dad's sins?
Tell them what you want to do

Tell them why the hell you chose
To let them take you from your good life.

If life is such a drag and this will make it better
Let them take you miles from home tonight
If daddy isn't there and mommy doesn't care
Let them take you miles from home

From a smile to a stare, naive to aware
Tell them what you want to do
A rich little girl is taking a stand
tell them what you want to do

Tell them why the hell you chose
To let them take you from your good life

Is it better to change up the clothes that you wear?
To pick up a gun and put your fist in the air?
Was it sad to see reality and what's really out there?
Tell them what you want to do

In a burned out squat in the suburbs
A lover is dead
Lawyers wait
There's wanted SLA
And a little girl on the move
In the end you'll always choose
The silver spoon
It's what's best for you

So tell them why did you
Let them take you from your good life?


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The Patty Hearst Syndrome song meanings
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    General CommentI believe that this song is talking about a teen who wants to break away from her parents and joins the "wrong group" and while everything is going good, by the end she feels that her old life with her parents being the little angel is better then being the little devil with the wrong group. This can be seen in the last line of the song,

    "The silver spoon It's what's best for you."

    Also the title gives away the meaning,

    "The Patty Hearst Syndrome."

    This is because Patty Hearst was a young woman back in 1974 who was the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst who was a big newspaper magnate. In that year she was kidnapped by the SLA and soon became one of the members. Only to be caught years later.
    ThursdayFan4Lifeon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is also a syndrome (i dont know my medical terms) to kids that get kidnapped and end up liking their owner. Usually it's because they feed them and keep them alive. 'Great song with awsome lyrics (you wouldn't see any other punk band sing about this) :)
    ndudeon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYea the syndrome your thinking of is stockholm syndrome (i think thats what ur refering to) where captives develop sympathy for their captives. Thats what paaty hearst's defence was after she joined the SLA after being kidnapped and realising that it was a pretty silly idea when she had a "good life" before.
    lessthanjeffon November 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcaptives develop sympathy for their CAPTORS^^ lol, oh and Patty not paaty
    lessthanjeffon November 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It is talking about someone who chooses to take their parents lifestyle over another group ("the wrong group" as coined by thursdayfan4life). But that simplistic and isn't the whole story...it's about kind of being pissed about how somehow will take a stand for something important (like Patty Hearst feeding the poor) but the second things get bad (like getting arrested for picking up a gun and robbing a back) they turn their back on the cause and immediately go right back to their "silver spoon" (which to me is the wrong group and this is the wrong way to go about things). If you take a stand for something, it should be for something you believe in and you shouldn't get special treatment because you're rich. Patty Hearst got a full pardon from Clinton while the rest of the SLA are probably rotting in jail, and why because she's rich!!! What crap!
    babyevilchild999on April 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that one line was "If Daddy *doesn't know*, and mommy doesn't care" but oh well.
    I knew about the story of Patty Hearst so of course I knew what the song was about.
    mypersonalsunon May 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of my favourite songs ever=]xD
    useyourerectionon October 11, 2009   Link

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