* Born to die, and you get to sit and watch your TV set.
Believe the lies before your eyes, credit cards & apple pies!
50 stars to blind your eyes, 13 stripes to hypnotize!
Free thought is gone, you'll never see your just a pawn.
You'll die tomorrow but today your empty dreams just fade away
evaporate, dissolve to hate, while you survive and wait until a lifeless fate.
Your stupid lives just piddle on.
You slave for others, then your gone.
I just can't escape the lying,
moment we are born we're dying,
(and it's) such an ugly sight.

** We have no rights.
We have no future.
No reasons why...
just born to die.

Your dumb self can't appreciate the freedom in my thought,
the weak sense of autonomy when I'm tripping in my squat.
That empty void was never filled,
but the dreams of others you helped kill...
You justify. Will linger on.
Don't you know your dreams all die the day your born?

** We have no god.
There's only ignorant bliss.
No reasons why...
We're born to die. (just born to die)

*Going to bed, god is dead, lies & truth are in my head.
Your history, economy, society... it isn't me.
It's all on you, reality, it's what you do, it's what you make.
The truth in lies, the freedom dies.
the mind it numbs, the spirit breaks!
*** (With) all our rights,
it kills our future.
our reasons why:
We are born to die. (just born to die)

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    Mr. is right, its easily mixed up all the time. but yeah this song is about jus what life is, you are born and pre distined to die, but hey, its not all that bleak, its how you live it, not how long.

    thelastpunkkidon July 16, 2006   Link
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    I love how he says "you get to sit and watch your TV set", as if its a privilege. This song is so perfect.

    angstyteenageron January 04, 2009   Link
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    awe man. i went to a leftover crack show last weekend and it was total chaos. This song rocks ass. It tells about life and what it really is. We are born to die.

    nerdypunkchickon May 02, 2002   Link
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    leftover crack/choking victim dominates the competition

    YerGodIsDeadon June 02, 2002   Link
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    In the last verse it's suposed to be "Your history, society, economy... it isn't me" I just wanted to point that out

    Mr Melancholy111on June 08, 2002   Link
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    Gotta love this song.

    Yersiniaon February 19, 2007   Link
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    This song is about athieism and american culture

    burnallyourmoneyon November 17, 2010   Link
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    beatiful. nomore is needed.

    Lowenon December 16, 2008   Link

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