neon and strobe, the eyes don’t go beyond
the glow
they want to protest but lost the focus
now they’re latching on to any cause
snapping down like any jaw
mulch from the demagogues
acting like they’re demigods

it starts with the link
moves to the sinking
moves to the chain gang moving to the brink
rules are the same
game speak in doublethink
with the action based on guilt
holier than thou type thing
but you did your part
you gave your hundred bucks to NPR
you joined the co-op now
bought the hybrid car
switched to peace coffee
went to three rallies
then wiped your hands with sanitized solution
good deeds tallied
consumer movement seeking absolution
redesign the treadmill, still ain’t moving
desperately run in place
reapplied the laws of the bluest eye
and the made the truest shade of grey
so we truly fade away
like it or not you’re standing here stranded
you didn’t buy the tape and plastic
still copped the panic
you switched it up now you’re buying all organic
screaming save the planet
but you won’t even save your neighbor dammit

so where do we go
now that we know who’s paving the road
oh no no no
are you saving your soul
or braiding the rope that’s making you choke?
and so it goes
they throw the line our caustic
they’re rolling out the product
they hit you in your heart aiming for you pocket
you can’t ignore the profit
Michael Moore the topic
now tell me that your time is really all
that philanthropic

neon and strobe the eyes don’t go beyond the glow
they want to protest but lost the focus
it’s a cycle, no less
out of place, grotesque
step with cold flesh towards a cause with
warm breath
seeking comfort in the moment, missed the omen
everyone screaming change but rebuild it the same
new wording same adage, go ask Alice
grab your mallet, you better get ready to
earn your callous
the master’s tools will never dismantle the
master’s palace

so where do we go
now that we know who’s paving the road
oh no, no, no
are you saving your soul
or braiding the rope that’s making you choke?
and so it goes
they throw the line our caustic
they’re rolling out the product
they hit you in your heart aiming for you pocket
you can’t ignore the profit
Michael Moore the topic
now tell me that your time is really all
that philanthropic


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    General CommentThis appears to be a critique of the yuppie consumerist environmental movement in the USA. SIMS cites the paradox of a "philanthropy" which is founded in elitist materialism that fails to help one's neighbor.
    BenjamminAdamon April 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDamn, did you get that from:

    holier than thou type thing
    but you did your part
    you gave your hundred bucks to NPR
    you joined the co-op now
    bought the hybrid car
    switched to peace coffee
    went to three rallies
    then wiped your hands with sanitized solution
    good deeds tallied
    consumer movement seeking absolution
    redesign the treadmill, still ain�t moving
    desperately run in place
    reapplied the laws of the bluest eye


    Him calling neo-environmentalists nazi's (blue eyes)? It took me a long time to figure it out.
    Whitey666on May 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song definitely criticizes the US government and its seemingly infinite ability to put profits above it's own people. But it also shows that its not only the government that is the problem, but the peoples' as well. It seems to show that people just jump on the bandwagon, many of the lyrics, as said in the comment above describe it perfectly. I feel as if he's saying that spreading awareness and buying hybrid cars and organics won't solve any problems because it all goes back to the economic problem. The government makes money off of consuming, and that is the only thing America does anymore, we produce and sell very little here, besides bombs, tanks and guns.

    I really also enjoy the fact that he put in references towards The Bluest Eye and 1984, both really fuckin good books.

    "reapplied the laws of the bluest eye
    and the made the truest shade of grey"

    "rules are the same
    game speak in doublethink
    with the action based on guilt
    holier than thou type thing"

    Sims is the man, and people need to listen to what he's actually saying. We need to have a little bit of solidarity as a nation, and maybe with time, as a species, but we need to stop living in constant fear. Constant fear of outsiders and each other.
    Misanthroperofhateon February 20, 2012   Link

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