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Our fathers have been entangled in things He's been squandering, he's been squandering And we don't do a thing, 'cause we're busy and think We're just wandering, we're just a-wandering like fools His son is his prize, he tells a few lies He's got his father's eyes, it's in his father's eyes And he thinks in his mind that he's just getting by But he's a compromise, he's just a compromising fool And the stance that we take isn't much to bear Yeah, we leave things to change on their time And our failure to care for it leaves us blind 'til we're tired and we're crazed in the mind Now he lies on his back, and they tell him it's that It's just a heart attack, it's just a heart attack Too late to return to the ones that you've earned No they don't give it back, no they don't give it back to fools And the stance that we take isn't much to bear Yeah, we leave things to change on their time And our failure to care for it leaves us blind 'til we're tired and we're crazed in the mind I've been, I've been silent



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"Fools" as written by Karen Ann Poole, Anders Sven Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, Henrik John Janson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +4
    General Comment:excellent,excellent song. pretty sure its talkin about our failure as a generation to act to fix the worlds problems. also theres a criticism of our current government and our parents generation and theyre failure to fix the things they did
    drufuson April 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think he's right, these lines are telling:

    He's been squandering, he's been squandering
    (As in potential)
    We're just wandering, we're just a-wandering like fools
    (Without aim)
    But he's a compromise, he's just a compromising fool
    (Compromising ideals and your values so that you can "just get by")

    And the stance that we take isn't much to bear
    Yeah, we leave things to change on their time
    And our failure to care for it leaves us blind
    'til we're tired and we're crazed in the mind

    This stanza is so obvious.

    Now he lies on his back, and they tell him it's that
    It's just a heart attack, it's just a heart attack
    Too late to return to the ones that you've earned
    No they don't give it back, no they don't give it back to fools

    Brings in the theme of mortality and alludes to wasted potential.


    It could be about a single person, or it could be about generational politics, I lean towards the ladder.
    0BadFaithon July 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:the very last part of this song gets me "i've been i've been silent" his voice, dayummmmm.
    omagod990on October 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction:I think there is a small mistake in the lyrics, on the 2nd to last line in the 3rd verse.

    I'm pretty sure it should be

    Too late to return to the ones that you've **hurt

    Also elephant shell, He definitely says "leave things to change on their time" it makes perfect sense. Meric is saying we all take the path of least resistance, usually the apathetic and passive approach to the situation. Instead of taking action we would rather sit back and let things run their own course, or let a problem work itself out.
    lallson February 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I highly recommend this song. These guys are going places.
    xiphioson March 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's just a heart attack, it's just a heart attack.
    nineandninetyon April 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I've listened to this song many times. I'm still trying to figure it out.
    AshedEyeson June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Drufus may be right, but it could also just be about someones experience with their father. The third/last part is clear, but it's hard to tell what exactly it's referring to. Something to do with someone's father or something bigger that has to do with society?
    AshedEyeson June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:latter*
    0BadFaithon July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Drufus and OBadFaith are correct. Not only is this a great song (my favourite part is the electric bridge), but its lyrics show how much Im gonna miss George W Bush.
    bkat004on October 18, 2008   Link

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