Hey there, Son of Adam
Hey there, Daughter of Eve
Help me sing this tear gas riot song
To some fresh faced police
They won't even know what hit them
When they lift their Roman shades
And the people's song comes pouring in
On a brand new day

You who damn the river
You who changed our mountain's name
First we want denali back
Then we're taking on Washington's states
You give death as a consolation
You know only hate and rage
You paid a dowry for your child's rights
Now she's living like a slave

A prayer came down the wire
It was all in the enemy's code
You couldn't figure out what mercy meant
So you did like you were told
When they finally sent the doctors
Once the fireball went out
There was nothing left but the cockroaches
In a movie with no sound

What good, what good are you?
With your cynical flag and your Roosevelt room
What good, what good are you?
With your Cherokee trail and your unattended tomb

Go ask Hunter Thompson
Go ask Hemingway's ghost
It all catches up with you
Once you get just a little too old
Take a hard look in the mirror
It's a thing that you cannot see
Your shadows alone but the day is young
It just wasn't meant to be

There's no blankets for the winter
There's no oil in the lamp
And I'd like to write my congressman
But I can't afford the stamp
You want me to pay my taxes
So you can propagate your lie
While there's barefoot dudes down in New Orleans
Looking like they're gonna die

Yeah, you who quote the legends
You who poisoned all of my dreams
You pinned all of the medals on
All the boys from Omaha Beach
Hope you haven't got too lazy
I know you like your apple pie
Cause the working poor you've been pissing on
Are doing double shifts tonight

What good, what good are you?
With your cynical flag and your Roosevelt room
What good, what good are you?
With your Cherokee trail and your unattended tomb


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    General Commenti saw him 2 nights ago and before the song played he said "this is more of a marching song than a protest song"
    thetwobecomeon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI saw him last night and he mentioned that this song is like when he's reached a breaking point with the government and the leaders etc. Right before this he played Tom Petty's 'Walls' and he mentioned how he still sees so much good in the world. I like how he juxtaposed the two.
    The World Owes Meon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like the new sound if this is any hint to the next bright eyes cd then you can count me in for being really pumped
    yourworstisthebeston December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so amazing. " the working man you have been pissing on..." holy shit. this song gives me the chills the instrumental is so different than what bright eyes are nknown for, but its beautiful. I think bright eyes wanted this song to have a 70's influence. Since it is a war protest song/ govornment protest. But it rocks. and that is all that matters. I hope bright eyes puts this one on the next album. Because its beautiful.
    yssim63on January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw them play this live. It was so heated and angry. I loved it.
    nonnycrieson January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI heard him play this at Radio City MH and it was like nothing I'd ever heard b4, such intense energy! Before he sang it, he said something like "I don't even like talking about this... but the way things are going, it's enough to drive peaceful people to violence" - I know that wasn't verbatim, if somebody remembers this please correct me. Thx.
    williambleakon February 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthttp : // youtube.com / watch?v=EEnUooiVMbY
    williambleakon February 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw them perform this in Washington DC a few months ago. I was completely blown away by the power of this song.
    "Yeah, go ask Hunter Thompson,
    Yeah, go ask Hemmingway's ghost,
    It all catches up with you
    Once you get just a little too old."

    That stuck out to me a lot.
    SimplyExiston May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeouch. I love how sort of helplessly pissed this song sounds...In a lot of ways it feels like a hearkening back to Fevers and Mirrors days, rather than anything on Cassadaga.
    But yeah, pretty much a diatribe against weak, tightfisted governments that step on the people who hold them up:
    "And I'd like to write my congressman
    But I can't afford the stamp"
    ...how incredibly telling is that.
    ABookOnAShelfon January 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis was released on Conor Obert's "Outer South" =]
    Nice_Heartxon April 07, 2009   Link

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