"Capital G" as written by and Trent Reznor....
I pushed a button and elected him to office and a
He pushed a button and it dropped a bomb
You pushed a button and could watch it on the television
Those motherfuckers didn't last too long ha ha
I'm sick of hearing 'bout the haves and the have nots
Have some personal accountability
The biggest problem with the way that we've been doing things is
The more we let you have the less that I'll be keeping for me

Well I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Traded in my God for this one
He signs his name with a Capital G

Don't give a shit about the temperature in Guatemala
Don't really see what all the fuss is about
Ain't gonna worry bout no future generations and a
I'm sure somebody's gonna figure it out
Don't try to tell how some power can corrupt a person
You haven't had enough to know what it's like
You're only angry 'cause you wish you were in my position
Now nod your head because you know that I'm right—all right!

Well I used to stand for something
But forgot what that could be
There's a lot of me inside you
Maybe you're afraid to see

Well I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Traded in my God for this one
He signs his name with a Capital G

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  • +4
    General CommentG=Greed
    Everyone has it
    Hes clearly talking about greed all throughout this song

    "theres alot of me inside you"

    heyoka_loganon November 12, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentabhpro: Yes it takes place in 2022. But great art imitates real life.

    George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 but was commenting on the political changes of england and Europe post WWII.

    Terry Giliams Brazil was about the ever growing bureaucracy and overprotective intrusions of governments in the late 1980's

    Fritz Lang's Metropolis made in the 1920s, which is the story of a large futuristic city in the year 2026, dealt with the issues of the then emerging communism and capitalism.

    There are many more dsytopian pieces of art that reflect off of current events of the time they were created.

    So YZ is about a fictional dystopia in 2022, but is based on the political and historical situations of today.
    squareloveron April 06, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the G either stands for government/god

    The George Bush thing is just bush bashers trying to turn every song into an anti bush, when I'm pretty sure Trent could give enough of a fuck to write an anti-bush song like every one else. Government has always been this way, just with different faces, and this song is basically saying that.
    D4MVPon April 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love the way Trent sings this song. The chorus is amazing.

    As for the meaning, I'd imagine the speaker is someone in a government position while people are rebelling against the Parepin dosage in the water. I love how Year Zero shows viewpoints from all kinds of people in 2022.
    abhproon April 04, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song is about that sort of thing, society become more and more capitalised, business orientated, people just taking things for themselves, hedonistic, greedy leaders of countries, companies, etc. "The biggest problem with the way that we've been doing things is, The more we let you have the less that I'll be keeping for me"
    psychedanon February 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat if G stands for something a little more simple like Government? Trent could be writing about George Bush, but don't you think he'd rather keep blaming Government.
    desiredroseon April 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYour only angry cause you wish you were in my position

    should be You're, not Your
    xenodolfon April 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok, so thusfar we've got:
    George Bush
    Global Warming

    Here are my additions:
    G - the gravitational constant
    Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft
    thats all
    rockbassarton April 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is primarily about greed - I agree that there are definitely other meanings that you can read into it, but it is mostly about greed. Not only has Trent Reznor said this, but, if you download the file off their website and open it in GarageBand, there's a part where there's a crowd chanting 'greed.' I would have never noticed had I not been able to see it isolated in GarageBand... so yeah, mostly greed, but I agree that it has other implications.
    thiswasntmeantformeon May 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is set in 2022 so it's not about George Bush, you morans who keeps saying that.
    NINININon February 24, 2009   Link

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