"People Say" as written by John Baldwin Gourley....
Save me, I can't be saved
I won't
I'm a president's son
I don't need no soul

All the soldiers say
It'll be alright
We may make it through the war
If we make it through the night
All the people, they say:
What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more
All the people, they say.

Share with me all of your pain
I won't
Share your love
I need all your love

All the soldiers say
"It'll be alright,
We may make it through the war
If we make it through the night
All the people, they say
"what a lovely day, yeah, we won the war
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more
All the people, they say.

Save me, I can't be saved
I won't
I don't need no love
I'm a president's son

All the soldiers say
It'll be alright,
We may make it through the war
If we make it through the night
All the people, they say:
What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war.
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more
All the people, they say

It'll be alright, It'll be alright
It'll be right now
It'll be alright, It'll be alright
It'll be right now

It'll be alright, It'll be alright
It'll be right now
All the people, they say


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"People Say" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    General CommentIt's about how the soldiers are in strife, "we may make it through the war if we make it through the night". While the people on the other side see them as expendable. "may have lost a million men but we got a million more". It's sad. All the people, they see.
    Slamboneon January 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentPortugal the Man is one of my all time favorite bands and this is one of my favorite songs. Listening to the lyrics I thought it was obviously about war. However after watching the music video I slowly realized that this song is not meant to be taken so literal.
    I think it talks about how corrupt the government truly is, not just because of war.
    The line "I'm a president's son..." I think it's expressing us as citizens under the order of our president, not literally a "president's son" but the group of citizens.
    This song is symbolically representing how brainwashed citizens are and how we are blindly following the orders from the corrupt leaders of our government. (shown in the music video when he was blindfolded.) I think People Say has a deep meaning and the band tries to convey the message that it's all "about war.." but after analyzing the lyrics it is a lot more about the corruption of our government and how citizens are doing nothing about it, we are brainwashed to believe that it is okay.
    kayrocks1216on July 07, 2015   Link
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    General Commentout of the three that are leaked right now this is definitely my favorite! do you and the sun are super duper good too though
    _lowerDisforME_on June 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing. cant wait to hear the new cd. i think for the chorus after he sings "we may make it through the war if we make it through the night" he sings "all the people, they see" instead of "they say" like people get coverage of the war brought to them but remain ignorant. unless someone they know is involved in the war somehow, then who cares? we have a million more men that will go to war after a million die.
    myherson June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about the war on terror and in Iraq and how ridiculous and unnecessary it is. It is certainly a reference to Bush and his achievements in presidency.
    skamandoon June 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's actually "all the people, they sing"

    via the lyrics booklet
    HomerunHenryon October 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment“Save me, I can’t be saved” — opening line from Satanic Satanist

    “…I don’t believe.” – closing line from Satanic Satanist

    “These two lines are like bookends to the new album. They tie into the way my dad and other people escaped to Alaska in the 70s, and represent their proud independence and courage. The album’s last line finishes the thought of the first line. It was Alaska. Everything we’ve gotten to be and everything we’ve gotten to go through, we’ve been lucky enough to have what we have.”

    — John Baldwin Gourley
    brknon October 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about the human cost of war.
    brknon October 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust a thought, but I believe when this song refers to "the war" it could also be analogous to human trafficking. In the video there are a group of guards in a small room overseeing blindfolded prisoners that appear to be forced into labor by working as telemarketers and crocheters. What's interesting is they all have been branded with a triangle. What this symbolizes is unknown to me.

    Then again, the symbology could be an analogy of a country's flag and how said country have soldiers, who are "prisoners" to the military, which "forces" them to work.
    Cydonianon March 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOk this is kinda a stretch and I do not know my theory 100% but maybe someone else can help me out and expand on my theory.

    So Cydonian talked about the music video with sex trafficking and how the prisoners had triangles branded on them. Well Portugal has been known to believe in the Illuminati and I do not know about all their albums, but in "In the Mountain, In the Cloud" they have a triangle symbol on the album art to represent the Illuminati.

    So maybe when he says the lyrics, "I am president's son, I don't need no soul", he is talking about his theory on the Illuminati, and how people in power sell their souls in order to become a part of this cult type organization for world power.

    Understand, I do not believe that the Illuminati runs world events and that all the richest and coolest people in the world are a part of it...but I've heard from many people that PtM does have connections to it.

    So I don't know, but its a theory.
    rmbecker23on February 18, 2014   Link

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