"Requiem for Dissent" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
Oratory of hope and glory, a whisper and a rhyme
An effigy, a soldier out of time
Citizen and patriot, you can't be far behind
The funeral is weighting heavy on your mind

[Chorus:]
Requiem
Bring the dissident from slumber
Requiem
Raise the rebel from his grave
Requiem
Sound the revolution's thunder
A monumental blunder averted and betrayed

Dig around the cemetery, a record of the day
Friends and neighbors in stages of decay
But the saddest thing of all eludes discovery
The stimulus of this somber ceremony

[Chorus]

The sanctimonious minions - how they grovel at the feet
Authority is populist deceit
Pity yet another casualty's demoralized decline
Just a victim of irrational design

Requiem
Requiem
Requiem

Bring the dissident from slumber
Requiem
Raise the rebel from its grave
Requiem
Sound the revolution's thunder
A monumental blunder averted and betrayed


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"Requiem for Dissent" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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    General CommentThese lyrics are done all wrong, if you don't know what they are don't put them up.

    Oratory of hope and glory a whisper and a rhyme
    An effigy, a soldier out of time
    Citizen and patriot you can't be far behind
    The funeral is weighting heavy on your mind

    Requiem
    Bring the dissident from slumber
    Requiem
    Raise the rebel from its grave
    Requiem
    Sound the revolution's thunder
    A monumental blunder averted and betrayed

    Dig around the cemetery a record of the day
    Friends and neighbors in stages of decay
    But the saddest thing of all eludes discovery
    The stimulus for this somber ceremony

    Requiem
    Bring the dissident from slumber
    Requiem
    Raise the rebel from its grave
    Requiem
    Sound the revolution's thunder
    A monumental blunder averted and betrayed

    The sanctimonious minions how they grovel at the feet
    Authority is populist deceit
    Pity yet another casualty's demoralized decline
    Just a victim of irrational design

    Requiem! Requiem!
    Requiem
    Bring the dissident from slumber
    Requiem
    Raise the rebel from its grave
    Requiem
    Sound the revolution's thunder
    A monumental blunder averted and betrayed
    willstrife9fjgon May 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think "But it’s sad to see ‘em all they _______________?" is supposed to be "But the saddest thing of all eludes discovery"
    Grabbalon June 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is "But the saddest thing of all eludes discovery."

    There are also minor mistakes such as "dig around THE cemetery, instead of a cemetery."
    Erroriston July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so "no control"
    knowoneon July 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's exactly what I was thinking, knowone!

    I love this song. One of the best on the new album.
    Nerdcore_Wormon July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, in the chrous, it is 'raise the rebel from his grave.'
    I agree, this song sounds as if it is off of No Control.
    Erroriston July 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits the dissident from slumber

    and rebel from his grave
    Mephisto22on August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere is my understanding of the song:
    The requim is a Catholic Mass known informally as the funeral Mass for its focus on praying for the souls of the dead. Many classical songs were created for this Mass.
    Looking on this from that angle, this is like an opposite requim for all the dead and particularly for the punk spirit and the revolutionists who have stopped fighting (a sort of death). Rather than praying for these souls to make it to the afterlife, this song tells them to get back up and fight.
    I think this is a powerful rallying cry for people to start standing up for what is right rather than let it die.
    maxbenon September 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti wish the people who post the lyrics would just read the cd sleeves i see many flaws in this one
    hellrazoron February 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHi all! I learned english by translating BR songs (i speak french), and still have problems with some lyrics. so would s.o. tell me what is the "monumental blunder"? is it sarcasm about revolutionary utopia? don't understand where the fuck is the mistake, when all song seems to talk about waking up and acting.. thanx
    kaustik999on July 27, 2008   Link

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