"The Children" as written by Christopher E Keating, Anand Mathew Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton....
Now kid, I know I haven't been a perfect man
And I've avoided doing things I know I can
But if I learned one thing, the tattoo on my arm will burn into my thumb
It would be that

You must stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done

Now Old Man Schmelling was a formidable foe
But Ambling Alp was, too, at least that's what I'm told
But if you learn one thing, you've learned it well
Until you must get past yourself
They'll run but they can't hide

You must stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done

And when those thunder clouds are crying in the skies, in the skies
And when those fireflies keep shining in your eyes, in your eyes
Keep your mind for the time, with your ass on the line
Keep your feet, feet sliding to the side, to the side

Now, the world can be an unfair place at times
But your lows will have their complement of highs
And if anyone should cheat you, take advantage of, or beat you
Raise your head and wear your wounds with pride

You must stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done
Stick up for yourself, son
Never mind what anybody else done


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"The Children" as written by Christopher E Keating Anand Mathew Wilder

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    General Commentexcellent! I was looking for these. thanks. btw I think there are a few minor mistakes on the transcript above. may want to look into them.

    We are children and we'll give you trouble
    If we don't like what you're doing
    And we thought forgetting is wrong

    Now we're satisfied, but when we're not
    We are taking lives and making drones

    That awful void we plant in front of us reclaims a child
    Dadadada dada dadada dadada dada
    Dadadada dada dadada dadada dada dadada

    We are the children, not the youth, not kids
    But is not time to pretend, my friend
    This might just be the end

    Shadow life that sits outside your doors
    Will live inside your walls, beneath your floors

    That awful void we plant in front of us reclaims a child
    Dadadada dada dadada dadada dada
    Dadadada dada dadada dadada dada dadada
    arnfdenoon May 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty straight forward song. Great opener to the album. I love the ode to MGMT: "We are children, not THE YOUTH, not KIDS. It's not TIME TO PRETEND. Simply marvelous!
    kjv39on May 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGoing to point out the obvious,

    "We are the children, not the youth, not kids
    But is not time to pretend, my friend
    This might just be the end"

    reference to MGMT
    srsizzyon March 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIs the "my friend, this is the end" a Doors reference?
    Ironsauceron February 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningHuh? Looks like someone changed the correct lyrics to the lyrics of the next track "Ambling Alp".
    ya done goofed, Saladfingerz
    Desreveron December 09, 2013   Link

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