We're all presidents,
We're all congressmen,
We're all cops
In waiting.

We're the workers of the world.
There is the elite and the dispossessed
And it's only about survival,
Who has skill to play the game

For all it's worth,
Reaching out for a scary kind of perfection.
Let's try to keep
As much emotion out of this

As possible.
Let's try not to remember any names.
We'll do it for our country,
For our people,

For a moral vision.
United, we'll make them remember
Our history,
Or how we like to be told

How we like to be told,
And we rock,
Because it's us against them.
We found our own reasons to sing,

And it's so much less confusing
When lines are drawn like that,
When people are either consumers or revolutionaries,
Enemies or friends hanging on the fringes

Of the cogs in the system.
It's just about knowing where everyone stands.
All of a sudden,
People start talking about guns,

Talking like they're going to war
'Cause they found something to die for.
Start taking back what they stole;
Sure beats every other option,

But does it make a difference how we get it?
Well, do you really fucking get it?


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    General CommentThis song is a critique of the leftist movement in general and the labor movement in particular, which is pretty trenchant coming from a very apparent lefty (for the record, I am as well). It's at least more self-aware and critical of leftist politics than most punk rock polemics. The lines about "we're all presidents, we're all congressmen, we're all cops in waiting, we're the workers of the world" is an acknowledgment that class divisions are imaginary and fungible and that today's dockworker or plumber might be tomorrow's authority figure holding down the next generation of working people. Gabel then talks about how debate is contextualized in starker, less personal terms, about "survival" and playing the system, about how the definition of the self is instead recast in terms of "a country...a people...a moral vision". The idea of arbitrary social and class divisions is reiterated in the refrain which, if you listen to it in context, is a criticism of movements that boil very personal politics down to "us against them" until "all of a sudden, people are talking about guns, talking like we're going to war because they've found something to die for". Like, how did we get there? We went form point A to point D with no stops in between and in doing so have missed the point of leftist politics, which is about building a better, freer society, not enriching yourself at someone else's expense.


    MeenoMoeon June 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commentgreat song!
    finchkidon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is the best!
    AgainstMeStaron August 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of best against me! songs
    TheYoungAndDeadon August 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhoever posted this made a lot of mistakes...wow
    x15lifetime15xon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsuper song, i love it
    Orpelon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah, these lyrics are way fucked up
    DesktopConfessionalon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best Against Me! song so far. The version on their self-titled is the best, in my opinion.
    rbergin@satx.rr.comon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthier best song. well one of them. amazing voice.
    TheCasualties12on April 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthier best song. well one of them. amazing voice.
    TheCasualties12on April 16, 2003   Link

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