Running around this run-down, one-horse town.One of these days, they're gonna crucify me. How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable it is to be young, dumb, and have lots of money. We will sit upon this grassy knoll, holding hands and stroking handguns, with pristine souls, and even my own mother will tell you I am an asshole, but underneath it all, there is an apathetic heart of gold. So who will be saved, from the least to the greatest men? Because even Honest Abe sold posion milk to schoolchildren.

The blood drive came to Glen Rock High in a white bus with red letters on the side and a long shiny needle they brought to suck me dry like missionary misquitoes in the sky. Now you're doing time for stealing candy from a babe because all the kids in Ridgewood have got cell phones these days and if you wear a mask, they can still read your license plate and a wireless line is a terrible thing to waste. Because the more we think, the less it all makes sense, tonight we will drink to our general indifference.
Lamb of God, we think nothing of ourselves at all. So, Death, be not proud because we don't give a fuck about nothing and we only want what we are not allowed.


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    General Commentthanks for posting all these lyrics thiagozero i can't make out the words for most artists and i don't know enough about music, to not get into the words.
    koh2on October 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think just the title of the song albert camus, says a lot about the band and the lyrics general meanings. all the songs are like if a character in a camus novel was speaking through a song. it's a 5 minute condensation of french existentialist dread. and i think a lot of the songs are similar to that. it's a realization that they have the world figured out but a feeling that it doesn't matter in the full picture...because life is in general rather pointless and unfulfilling...if i was a girl i would give them a hug.
    koh2on October 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite band to quote in a facebook status and I am in no way embarrassed to admit that.
    as for the song it's the same depressing, pessimistic, blunt, know-it-all crap that is in just about all of their songs
    enjoy it
    rebelmidgeton June 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHow weary, stale, flat and unprofitable it is to be young, dumb, and have lots of money... I know where some of that comes from -

    'how weary, stale flat and unprofitable the world is' is one of Hamlet's lines... A similar sort of existential dread, I suppose.
    mothearon October 18, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionPatrick Stickles was having one hell of an existential crisis when he wrote this album.
    imdanoon December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove the John Donne Quote. These guys are so fucking good.
    Henleyon February 03, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe first section of the this song is rife with references from Camus' works "My own mother would tell you I'm an asshole" is I believe is reference to Meursault from "The Stranger" not crying at his mother's own funeral. "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable it is to be young, dumb, and have lots of money" I think is existential despair. "who will be saved from the least to the greatest men?" is a reference to the absurdity of death
    kierkegaard73on November 07, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIt was very interesting to find this album (it found me actually) once I was in the process of reading and writing papers on The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus, and The Fall by Albert Camus for Freshmen English . I'm gonna try to explain as much as i can, but I'm gonna be a little lazy on the citations. Some of the connections between Camus and this song that I find are:

    The Absurd--The lines "the more we think, the less it all makes sense/tonight we drink to our general indifference" and "Lamb of God, we think nothing of ourselves at all. So, Death, be not proud because we don't give a fuck about nothing and we only want what we are not allowed. " is reflective of the Absurd. The Absurd is the connection between man's ability to reason (and his desire to know absolutely), the infinite complexity of the world, and the insurmountable gap between the two. (myth A simple example: Man wishes to be God, but only God is God. The "more we think, the less it makes sense" and "we only want what we are not allowed" parts indicate the Absurd and the parts "we drink to our indifference" and "we think nothing of ourselves" indicate the effect of the Absurd, apathy.

    Innocence--"An apathetic heart of gold" "holding hands and stroking handguns, with pristine souls" Camus' philosophy assumes that people are innocent. "there may be responsible persons, but there are no guilty ones." (myth 67) The speaker also states to the Lamb of God (a symbol of innocence) "we think nothing of ourselves," which means that we are not innocent or guilty.

    So is there some grand statement about life from Camus and this song? Kind of. It would take me much more time than I feel like spending to fully examine it. The statement that I do find from them is just that life is what we experience, not what we fantastically wish to experience. (Fantastical in that it is impossible. Wishing to cure cancer can be possible. Wishing to know the exact way God created everything in a human lifetime is not possible.) Just as Sisyphus has to roll a boulder up a mountain for eternity, humanity "wants what we are not allowed"
    Guchaedranon December 19, 2010   Link

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