"Business Suits and Combat Boots" as written by and Derek Nadon Alissa White- Gluz....
Does history guide you or do you set out to change it?

Breached, not broken
Breached, not broken

Do you set out to change me?
Thank you for that you giant human rat
Fuck your skinned-alive designer wear
Fashion shades and salon hair
Heels to help where nature failed
Artificial teeth and nails

The wasp's nest expands

So, clap your hands
It's her, the one black woman who's success you don't credit to Affirmative Action
The way of the future is corporate sponsors raising your kids
Maternal love is nothing compared to what seven dollars gives
Put in, suck out plastic body parts
It's the ever-growing industry of cosmetic arts
Bombarded with idealized shots, dysmorphic, self-destructive plots

Physical flaws are a mental blank, a mental blank
Physical flaws are a mental blank, a mental blank

So pay your surgeons, it's your parents who you should thank
These eyes are blind to several hundred left behind (lest we forget again)
But the border is breached but not broken
Who tries to find the several hundred left behind
When the border is breached but not broken?

Co-existing in a twisted society
Where youth is a crime and wasteful sweat-shop expenditures is how luxury is defined.
Now the KKK has found a new masquerade
Fuck your self-claimed supremacy
You hide your face and your shame

Identify right and wrong when all fact is merely opinion
You cannot know the sweetness of victory without first dwelling in the agony of defeat

These eyes are blind to several hundred left behind (lest we forget again)
But the border is breached but not broken
Who tries (who tries) to find the several hundred left behind
But the border is breached, the border is breached, the border

(These eyes are blind) to several hundred left behind
We forgot again


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"Business Suits and Combat Boots" as written by Derek Nadon Alissa White- Gluz

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    General CommentWell the title gives an insight into how buisness is like war, it makes money and they are both alike.

    "Does history guide you, or do you set out to change it?" This simple intro statement is asking quite a personal question, are you controlled or do you control yourself?


    "Fuck your...
    Skinned- alive designer wear
    Fashion shades and salon hair
    Heels to help where nature failed
    Artificial teeth and nails"

    This section clearly states how fashion comes from the living animals. Of course some parts cannot be taken without killing said animals. It also attacks the false nature humans have gained, so in order to "better" ourselves we need to wear something in order to identify with our environments. In doing so we must be fake to achieve perfection.

    "The wasp's nest expands"

    Wasps as anyone knows are quite useless animals to humans, and very dangerous to anything they can sting. They are like an army, and so are humans as the metaphorical nest of buisness expands.

    "It's her!
    The one black woman who's success you don't credit to Affirmative Action
    The way of the future is corporate sponsors raising your kids
    Maternal love is nothing compared to what seven dollars gives
    Put in, suck out plastic body parts
    It's the ever-growing industry, industry of cosmetic arts!
    Bombarded with the idealized shots, dysmorphic, self-destructive plots"

    This starts with pointing out the black people that are ignored, on top of that it has an influence of feminism. Even today such discrimination occurs. The corporations in this world do seem to raise kids, such as the tv. A simple cartoon character can influence a childs life more than their own parents if left long enough. Again it also pays note to being false and becoming part of the expanding buisnesses and control brought by it. In effect it all causes a social norm that grows until it becomes the main norm and thus those who dont conform are frowned upon. However its all self destructive in the end as humans of the ignorant nature become more robotic to the world being created around them.

    "Physical flaws are a mental blank"

    When people become self conscious of their physical attributes they become distracted and thus cannot think so easily in logical ways.

    "So pay your surgeons
    Its your parents who you should thank"

    Sarcastic comment revealing that the parents are to blame for their kids upbringing. Well in effect this is true, as I mentioned before with the tv example.

    "These eyes are blind to several hundred left behind
    (Lest we forget again)
    But the border is breached but not broken
    Who tries to find the several hundred left behind,
    When the border is breached but not broken?"

    I believe the chorus is in honor of those wise enough to break the mould and fight against the norms. Unfortunately these brave people are fighting against the world due to such individuality. Of course, the masses dont like anything different from them. So we may breach the line, but not break through with all humanity.

    "Go-existing in a twisted society
    Where youth is a crime and wasteful sweat-shops expenditures is how luxury is defined
    Now the KKK has found a new masquerade
    Fuck your self-proclaimed supremacy
    You hide your face and your shame!"

    The world in all its negativity is in the starting line. The young in society are seen as deviants before they even have a chance to prove their innocence. Also we all know that sweat shops in many countries pay low wages for hard labour. In the chain it becomes out luxury to use what they make, and yet humans dont think of what started that chain. Then we get the mention of supremecy, the song examplifies the KKK which are still even now a powerful racist group who always find new ways to attack the other ethnicities. Of course with their costumes they hide their face behind a white veil.

    "Identify right and wrong when all fact is merely opinion
    You cannot know the sweetness of victory without first dwelling in the agony of defeat"

    We are told by the media what is "fact" in their opinion. Isnt it strange how they make what they say seem a reality. What is right and wrong? Were the Germans the bad guys in the world wars? Its all a matter of opinion. And the last line here simply makes it clear that without hardship you will never know how good things can really be.

    This is my take on the song.
    Makoorakooon September 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyrics are explaining how females are becoming focused on making themselves look as beautiful as possible more than anything else.

    Just my opinion.
    pikaXgrind333on March 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Pika, but as usual Alissa has managed to add in her bit against animal cruelty. Woot for her.

    I also think that it also brings about the aspects of a stereotypical girl who wants to make herself beautiful in the media's eyes:
    'The wasp's nest expands...'
    TiniBoomon March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree
    stagnateon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow,I've had this song in my pod since it first premiered. I've heard it so many times, and i never thought the lyrics were this great. Wow< people dont write meanings like theses anymore. I feel ashamed that i love this song, and it took me this long to sit back and take it what she is actually saying. I love it
    UndyingAzureon December 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah I would have to agree with Makoorakoo. It's a song about the self-absorbed, money-driven, media-influenced ignorant fucktards out there. Heh. ;}

    Amazing song, gives me chills even reading the lyrics.
    electronicaton February 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all the comments above and would just also like to add that to me it seems to be about how consumerism is just taking over people life and hey dont care where the product comes from or how its made or the wages the people who made it are paid as long as they get it. this song has made me open my eyes to the world and its terrible flaws.
    GS307on October 24, 2011   Link

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