"Do Not Obey" as written by and Jason Costa Oli Herbert....
Never one to be held back or held down
I'd write my name so the king could see
I will follow the true declaration
And find some hope in what mankind could be

I've worked so hard
Let my deeds be my witness
And let my words flow through everyone
When free men stand
Against what would bind them
No hope for tyrants
We will over come

Do not obey
No masters now
Do not obey
Not subjects
We have held on for so long
Do not obey

Talking heads tell the masses the story
They shape the lie in the schools and the TV
Our fathers work and intent is unwritten
By the lazy who don't know they're free

I hear the story and it makes me determined
To spread the word that we can't just lay down
What we read and we see drawn before us
Is a lie and we must hold our ground

It's found in you
It's found in me
From birth to stone
We remain free as always


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"Do Not Obey" as written by Michael Martin Jason Costa

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    General Commenti think this song is about taking no bullshit in general and stand up for what is right
    freezedrysealdanon October 14, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is a commentary about the general paradigm shift in human beliefs. People no longer take the bible seriously. Phil is a Christian so this would make sense. "I'd write my name so the king could see", I think means he has his name written in the book of life. "I will follow the true declaration", This would seem to be the bible. I think the bulk of the song is about disregarding "truths" of a secular humanistic world. "Do not obey", "They shape the lie in schools and TV" and "What we read and see drawn before us is a lie". Strongly seem to point to the general acceptance of atheism (or at best agnosticism) and evolution.
    swatherdudeon December 06, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningit's about standing up for what you believe in and not taking bullshit from anyone about it.
    All That Remainson December 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfor me the song about being an american citizen. the first half of the song is bout the ideals of the founding fathers. "I write my name so the king could see." is about them signing the decleration of independents with the rest of the first half acting and standing behind those ideals. the second half is about how complasency, anderson cooper/bill o'relly depending on your political view, and the willingness of people to serender there freedom with out of a fight is destorying the country from the inside. what Phil is saying and is hoping that we will stand up for what we beliefs in.
    zero11001on December 30, 2009   Link

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