"American Flags" as written by and David Shannon Bazan Yuuki Matthews....
Though reticent to represent
They waive as their
Beloved repubic bleeds
The victim of insatiable greed
Criminal acts
Dressed up in the flag
So no one can disagree

Then went crack the camel's back
It started out in front of the capital
A hundred coming down from their flag poles
It'd gotten so bad
Even blue white and red
Refused to take it anymore

American flags
Are hunting the fortunate sons
To swallow them up
And bury them deep into the ground

Present tense the president
Is calling for diplomacy or a truce
A dozen more are filling the room
Now down on his knees
"Lord they're coming for me!
For doing what you told me to"

American Flags.



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    General Commentthis is SUCH a badass song. suprised the lyrics weren't already up.
    Jsorb8997on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAmerican Flags

    though reticent to represent
    they wave as their beloved republic bleeds
    the victim of insatiable greed
    criminal acts dressed up in the flag
    so no one can disagree

    then went crack the camel's back
    it started out in front of the capitol
    a hundred coming down from their flag poles
    it'd gotten so bad even blue white and red
    refused to take it anymore

    american flags are hunting the fortunate sons,
    to swallow them up
    and bury them deep into the ground

    present tense the president
    is calling for diplomacy or a truce
    a dozen more are filling the room
    now down on his knees, "lord, they're coming for me
    for doing what you told me to"
    ryanisarealboyon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAmerican flags "waive as their beloved republic bleeds"

    Why does it bleed? ----> It bleeds because the republic (The United States) is "the victim of insatiable greed" However, we are not allowed to question this greed because those "criminal acts" are "dressed up in the flag". It is unpatriotic to question anything dressed up in the flag... even crime.

    "Then went crack the camel's back" and a hundred of those waiving flags came down from their flag poles to hunt the fortunate sons and swallow them up (like when we wrap our soldiers who die in war) and burry them deep into the ground.

    Present tense the president (Bush at the time this song was written) is "down on his knees" praying "lord they're coming for me for doing what you told me to." Basically President Bush is asking God why the public as angry with him over a war God instructed him to wage. How could God be wrong?
    DrSpence1on June 28, 2010   Link

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