As human beings, we're a complex thing
Sometimes so beautiful, other times so vain
We've built an empire, the blood is on our hands
Genocide and the chains that bind
The consequence ahead

Oh, you ought to know
Oh, you ought to know

Wrote about in history as if it's all O.K.
A race of people murdered another one enslaved
Now our world crumbles, it's happening within
Open your eyes and realize
The world we're living in

Oh, you ought to know
Oh, you ought to know

If we could focus on important things
Live and let live true freedom, not everyone's the same
No more war for your god, no more war for your race
It's our world, it's what we make it
Make it a better place

Oh, you ought to know
Oh, you ought to know

We can change the world that we're living in
Live and let live true freedom
Let the reign begin

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    General CommentThis song expresses our country's view of the world. We rape, pillage, enslave, and wipe out an entire race of people so that we can prosper. If we just stop justifying these wars, for religion, race, rocks, land, whatever it may be, we can change this world. It's called "Consequences" because, in the first verse, it says that "our world crumbles, it's happening within. Genocide and the chains that bind, the consequence ahead." And, as September 11, 2001 showed us, the consequences for our misuse and abuse of people finally caught up with us. And now we're all on the verge of a third world war, with possibly no victors this time. Our world is definitely crumbling, but "we can change the world that we're living in. Live and let live true freedom, let the reign begin."
    MetallicaBowleron May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's really a great song. Possibly their most underrated.
    Paradoxon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both these posts, This is anti war and the world is only gonna end by mans will, we can change the world.
    D&Wrootbeeron July 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song gives me hope of humanity one day comming to an understanding that we are pushing our existance to a grand test that we may never recover from. Great song, not just because of the kickass solo but also the emotion that gets across to the listener. Assuming the listener is listening lol. This song by far stands out to me the most on this particular album. last year in 11th grade we had an assignment to present a song to the class and i chose Consequences, unfortunatly nobody cared or listened closely, only my teacher, she said it was a beautiful song :) which made it worth it. nearing in 2007 and all thats on the news is hate and war and dumbass shows that require people to turn off their brains, lets hope for a better year
    Brixton89on December 31, 2006   Link

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