At Harold Edward's Elementary you pay respect to Our God, Our Flag, Our Military. In grade 3 I had a written composition about the global threat of communism. And I was the luckiest 8-year old McCarthyist of 1979: I spent spring break on the flight line of a base in the Carolinas- the U.S. version of my dad had signed us in. And 12 years later, the Gatling I'd touched that was strapped to the nose of a U.S. A-10, separated flesh from bone and honed its' skills on "lesser humans". And thus confirmed the suspicions earned in the 7 years preceding about the lies I was told and if the truth be known, I'm probably better off believing (well, they said I'm better off believing... somehowbetter off believing). But how could they do this to me? Born head first and brought up ankle deep. And maybe you're a lot like me- identified for 14 years without a choice. Terrified the morning you woke up and realized that if and when you jump ship, you either swim for shore or drown. Don't let the fuckers drag you down.


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    General CommentGreat song.
    nofutureon June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentpretty much says it all. Not to hard to understand
    nofutureon June 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentget 'em while they're young. that's what the nazi's did. high school indoctrination on an impressionable mind. fuck joe mcarthy.
    bluetearson December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLove your enemies, that's what this song means to me. They were also born head first and ankle deep.

    But some people are able to grow out of their skewed world view faster than others.

    It's musically brilliant. You've just got to love the pause after "In grade 3 I had a written composition about the global threat of communism." And the strong ending is incredible.

    'when you jump ship, you either swim for shore or drown. Don't let the fuckers drag you down.' - I guess this could refer to way ideologies polarise people and 'you're either with us or against us' mentality.
    tariqabdullaon August 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLove your enemies, that's what this song means to me. They were also born head first and ankle deep.

    But some people are able to grow out of their skewed world view faster than others.

    It's musically brilliant. You've just got to love the pause after "In grade 3 I had a written composition about the global threat of communism." And the strong ending is incredible.

    'when you jump ship, you either swim for shore or drown. Don't let the fuckers drag you down.' - I guess this could refer to way ideologies polarise people and 'you're either with us or against us' mentality.
    tariqabdullaon August 06, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about Chris Hannah growing up in a conservative family and how he questioned it and then "jumped ship", seems kind of like Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Ass, You Sonofabitch Pt 2.
    waffles93on October 03, 2009   Link

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