There's a government whip
Cracked across your back
Where the order of the day
Is don't listen attack
See the blood run down
In your bushwhacked town
Revolution is the gimmick
Of a jokerless clown
Another volley's just the ammo
For the taxman's gun

Talk, don't talk if you've nothin' to say
Walk, don't walk if your feet don't know the way

In requiem for a dying song
Hear the shimmy and the shake
From a futile war
With the sun that lights the day
Brings the darkness and the prize
Of another great shame
But with you my love, with you my love
With you I will return
In requiem for a dying song

Grab the barrel by the face
Shoot the order, release
Shove the bullet in you pocket
Turn away and retreat
See the terror in the eye
Of a bloodshot child
With only rubble in his belly
And the promise of lies
Operation liberation, tell me you can decide

Talk, don't talk if you've nothin' to say
Walk, don't walk if your feet don't know the way


Agony from every corner
On every street
Ignite their loss of self
With bitterness...explode...explode

Lyrics submitted by one_irish_rover

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    General CommentI just came across this one a minute ago on an internet stream. Sounds pretty "full" to not go all exaggerating straight away. I mean full in a good way. Very nice sound and to me it sounds promising regarding the new Album. Didn't even know they were about to release new stuff...can't wait though. Haven't paid much attention to the lyrics yet, just wanted to leave a quick comment. Might come back later for my thoughts on the meaning...see ya!
    LessThanStakeon March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt makes me feel like just gettin' a group of surly rebels together and goin' apeshit.
    Communism57on March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgoing apeshit sounds good about now.
    Pyro_man09on April 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is the first song I heard by Flogging Molly, and, frankly, it's great. The lyrics are pretty strong and the music syncs well.

    I like the idea behind the song too. I think the lyrics are basically saying that government is too controlling and pushing the limits of democracy and the like. And, it's true. This song screams "Anti-Establishment!"
    XBloody-SunshineXon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPut this song into the context of the American Revolutionary War and you got all types of meanings.
    Sockeyeon October 18, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems like it's about a growing sense of disillusionment regarding the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and their campaign in northern Ireland.
    Talenton January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Provos aren't the problem. They gave up armed conflict with the Good Friday Agreement, in 1998. The only active wings of the IRA are the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA.. Maybe the Original IRA.
    one_irish_roveron June 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"In this song Flogging Molly take a stab at the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. In an interview with the Herald Tribune, leader/vocalist Dave King explained that recording the album in his native Ireland enabled his band to spread their wings and try different things: "That's what was great about moving back to Ireland, and seeing what's happening in Iraq and having a new perspective. It's just so wrong. If lessons can be learned in Ireland, it can certainly happen anywhere. We really needed to move back. It was good for our writing because it brought it all back home. It opened our eyes a lot."

    This song is about the Government telling people what to do and how to live, and to act as they say. And how the army recruits people from towns, killing them off in war but patronizing them and making people feel opposing views are unpatriotic. And how the taxpayers pay for the military, which kills their friends or family members as we sing songs in a church over their senseless deaths because of a war that doesn't advance our civilization but puts us further behind. The human race is destroying this earth, and making us look bad when compared to any other living thing that exists. Also how we invade countries with oil and take away natural resource income from people who are poor when that money could go towards building their own country.

    AbsentMindedon June 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if Green Day took any inspiration from this song when they wrote Holiday?
    MaximumDepthon March 17, 2013   Link

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