Eager to burn old glory
But the colors are too faded
I've been abandoned by America
Or have I betrayed it?

We plant freedom in a foreign land
But you can't reap the rights we've sown
With a working man's hand
You don't have the body
Quite like you used to
Before the Military Commissions Act
Was voted through
and process is due to you
But when you're charged with nothing
In the system there's nothing that you can do

We are a new Rome and we cross the Rubicon
And back at home the republic's all gone
As we wait for smoke to clear
What else do we have to fear?

I went neighborhood walking
And street corner talking
To call my people to action
But there's no stopping them from shopping
Somebody slammed a door in my face
Somebody said I'm with you
But it's too late to save this place

And he said I was once like you
And I used to protest too
But the powers that be are too great
So walk away from your rebel fate


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    General CommentThis song is about the war...
    "Crossing the Rubicon" is a popular idiom meaning to pass a point of no return. It refers to Caesar's 49 BC crossing of the Rubicon river, which was considered an act of war.

    The Military Commissions Act basically gives the US the ability to imprison enemy combatants, "when you're charged with nothing...in the system there's nothing that you can do"

    The last part is about how Americans don't give a shit about the war, they just keep doing things like going shopping instead of trying to help put an end to the war.
    alecw19on August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about an activist reaching a point in life when they (i've) feel like they done everything to learn and grow and educate other people about the movement. But my life is only so long, when capitalism has it's teeth engrained into our culture, people continue to shop or disregard and revolutionary changes. I think this song is about just giving into the culture that we (i've) been raised in. I agree with the interpretation before me, but to me this song is about reaching this point when you can only control your own thoughts and feelings, lazy and passive americans will just continue to want more for less.
    radicalrapsbearon November 17, 2009   Link

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