Here in the few remaining moments we have left, just what do you propose we say in our defense? That much was decided before any one of us were born? That we were nothing more than objective observers to the madness and throw up your hands in sadness? “We’re powerless to change anything anyways.” So just lay back upon your death bed and gaze idiotically back up the chain of command from which we receive our directives. I guess it’s just common sense to preach what ought to be but ensure it never is in the present tense.


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    General CommentThis is my favorite Propagandhi song.
    Quankerson December 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about people who complain about how the world is but don't try to change it, hence the quotation of "We're powerless to change anything anyways", which is used to justify not doing anything to achieve what they believe should happen. And the closing line backs this up as well:

    'I guess its just common sense to preach what ought to be but ensure it never is in the present tense.'
    RobotLeninon April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAt the end of mine, it has a secret song about Astaroth, and the lines Come come come to the sabot come to the sabot Satan's there
    xMattyohhxon May 26, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationalso rhythmically the intro is so weird, I can only make sense of it by counting 16+4 over 2, then 10 over 2 in the little chords before the songs starts in earnest. It must have been a pain to write :)
    elcarlitormaximuson June 07, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"I guess it's just common sense to preach what ought to be but ensure it never is in the present tense."

    Can anyone tell me what this line means exactly?

    This song is amazing.
    TheFeeshon November 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThat was already explained in the first comment, can't you read?
    Ryanrock88on October 14, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretation@TheFeesh, It's representative of people who want change but aren't willing to go out and actually do anything about it. "To preach what ought to be, but ensure it never is in the present tense." Basically saying how things should be but not doing anything about it and ensuring that it doesn't happen or isn't in the present tense.
    Minikamion September 10, 2013   Link

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