"Join The Ranks" as written by and Principe/mcilrath/barnes/mohney....
With your eyes glazed and half-smile
Explain to me the details of your God-given right
You point your finger in my face
But you can't remember what you did last night

It's all fun and games ?til you try to justify
It's all fun and done ?til you question the choices in your life

Join all the millions of victims who prescribe to this mediocre life
And all these years have been lost looking for something that you'll never find

It's all fun and games ?til you try to justify
It's all fun and done ?til you question the choices in your life


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    General Commenti think it's about drinking...i should be a detective!
    Josiahon August 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about drinkin, drugs ect. "living a mediocre life"

    What I wanna know is since Tim's lyrics are usually observing others, does he just write this way and the songs are actually criticizing himself? Or are the songs actually criticizing others. Don't get me wrong, the music is amazing either way, but that would be somewhat hypocitical considering some of the lines in "Six Ways Til Sunday"

    btw, I've always thought a lot of the lyrics (not all of course) are actually about himself, but written in a different perspective.
    crackerron December 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell he's not talking bad about the person really. It's more of a truth hurts kinda thing. The things he's saying are seemingly more of an attempt to open the eyes of the individual(s) that he is talking to, than to make fun of them.
    joshponvilleon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's more of a truth that others need to know.

    Like the qoute "Fear not those who argue. But, those who dodge.

    He's complaining for the best, just like Josh is saying: To open thier eyes, just like i've used these songs, or my own to try to get to people. Not only that, but just talking to them.
    Emothsta_Punkon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, it's more of a truth that others need to know.

    Like the qoute "Fear not those who argue. But, those who dodge.

    He's complaining for the best, just like Josh is saying: To open thier eyes, just like i've used these songs, or my own to try to get to people. Not only that, but just talking to them.
    Emothsta_Punkon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHe's contronting someone who's hypocritical and Iresponsible.
    tjtech12on October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's definitely about drinking and being mediocre. I hate mediocre people... And crackerr, I don't think it's about himself, 'cause isn't he straight edge?
    MissNeuroticon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt could be drinking OR drugs, either way it's pretty clear it's some sort of substance abuse.
    eyelinerloveon January 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti dont think this song is completely about drinking
    "it's all well and done till
    you question the choices in your life"
    the second half of the chorus seems to suggest the person he's complaining about is perpetually drunk, not literally, but intellectually asleep. the type of people who can detail their "god-given rights" and think they're so smart, but really arnt awake and just get by though life "prescribed to a mediocre life". They just by what they've been told. I think the line "with your eyes glazed and half-smile" is talking about just that and not the person being drunk that second, since he couldnt remember what he did LAST night.
    aardvarkscanflyon September 26, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningdefinitely as others have said........

    sounds like Tim's getting at this half-baked "mental strength" that many have (a misguided headstrong attitude I suppose) that pushes them to beat on everyone who they think is trying to take something from them ("explain to me the details of your God-given rights ") but they are so confident and misguided (to the point of arrogance) that they can't recognize when they are taking from themselves
    erycon July 20, 2009   Link

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