There's a secret we wanna know
But you keep it for your own
And all the kids wanna know
Where do I belong
Where do I go?

And they tell you
Why generation

There's a secret we wanna know
How the hell are we supposed to know?
How to live in the 21st century
When every move you make every one can see

So they tell you
Why generation

(Solo)

I remember the morning on my parents bed
TV screen was burning through my head
There's a bad mad man in our land
What did he do, will we ever understand?

And they tell you
Why generation


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    My Interpretation(Double post, used wrong flair before, don't know how to eddit.)
    This is probably about being born into Generation Y, which is a term for people born between the early 80's and early 2000s.

    I think it's written in the viewpoint of kids/young adults growing up at the turn of the century who are just trying to figure sh*t out. They want to know who they are and what to do next with their lives. It's a complicated time to come of age considering the major economical, societal (things like social media, everything's on display now, "when every move you make everyone can see") and political changes placed before them.
    They're criticized by the older generations, but the older generations aren't really giving them any useful insight on how to progress in this day and age, and they really want to know. "There's a secret that we wanna know, but you keep it for your own." and "How the hell are we suppose to know how to live in the 21st century?"

    I could be wrong about this, but I think the last verse is about watching the news on 911, an event that really helped shape the climate GenY has had to grow up in. Almost everyone was transfixed on the television that day, kids included, and I think it was was especially shocking and confusing for the young people watching it.

    "I remember the morning on my parents bed
    TV screen was burning through my head
    There's a bad mad man in our land
    What did he do, will we ever understand?"

    I feel like "bad mad man in our land" is either referencing the president or one of the major terrorists of the time.
    floridamanon September 04, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably about being born into Generation Y, which is a term for people born between the early 80's and early 2000s.

    I think it's written in the viewpoint of kids/young adults growing up at the turn of the century who are just trying to figure sh*t out. They want to know who they are and what to do next with their lives. It's a complicated time to come of age considering the major economical, societal (things like social media, everything's on display now, "when every move you make everyone can see") and political changes placed before them.
    They're criticized by the older generations, but the older generations aren't really giving them any useful insight on how to progress in this day and age, and they really want to know. "There's a secret that we wanna know, but you keep it for your own." and "How the hell are we suppose to know how to live in the 21st century?"

    I could be wrong about this, but I think the last verse is about watching the news on 911, an event that really helped shape the climate GenY has had to grow up in. Almost everyone was transfixed on the television that day, kids included, and I think it was was especially shocking and confusing for the young people watching it.

    "I remember the morning on my parents bed
    TV screen was burning through my head
    There's a bad mad man in our land
    What did he do, will we ever understand?"

    I feel like "bad mad man in our land" is either referencing the president or one of the major terrorists of the time.
    floridamanon September 04, 2015   Link

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