Empty factories to the east and all our waste
The shape of things that came show on the broken worker's face
To the west you'll find a silicon promised land
Where machines replace our minds for systematic profit plans
Course of human progress staggers like a drunk
Its steps are quick and heavy, and its mind is slow and blunt
I look for optimism, but I just don't know
Its seeds are planted in a poison place where nothing grows

It's 1989, stand up and take a look around
Weather's bitter tension, it seems, is sinking down
Drunk with power and fighting one another
Every hour shows the winter getting harder

There's a freeze up
(There's a freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up
(Freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up
(There's a freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up coming

One nation stands the tallest radiating blinding light
Plastic and florescent energy robbing us of sight
Set in our way, content with our decay
We wave the flag of freedom as we conquer and invade
Ever ask yourself, "Where's my place in this hell?"
But no one's there to tell you, 'cause they don't know that themselves
Well-rehearsed lines from our elated politicians
No longer offer solace, we can see the self-destruction

It's 1989, stand up and take a look around
Weather's bitter tension, it seems, is sinking down
Drunk with power and fighting one another
Every hour shows the winter getting harder

There's a freeze up
(There's a freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up
(Freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up
(There's a freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up coming

(Let's go)

Just one political song, just one political song
To drop into the list that stretches years and years long
Just one political song, just one political song
To drop into the list that stretches years and years long

Static and division is increasing like a storm
We are shelter
We are forewarned
Nothing can be changed except ourselves
Nothing can be changed except ourselves
There's a freeze up
There's a freeze up coming
There's a freeze up
There's a freeze up coming

There's a freeze up
(There's a freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up
(Freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up
(There's a freeze up coming)
There's a freeze up coming


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Freeze Up Lyrics as written by Jesse Michaels David M Mello

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    I absolutely love this song, everything about it is so awesome. I listen to it whenever I can. I suggest you hear it, definitly.

    lemon_punkon May 15, 2002   Link
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    Yep. This song rules. "We wave the flag of freedom as we conquer and invade." Greatness. OpIvy was great.

    GivingMyselfToAsheson May 18, 2002   Link
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    So true, so many great bands have covered this song too. The porkers, Reel Big Fish, etc. At warped this year it was a huge surprise when Area7 who were headlining the Australian leg played freeze up for their second last song, was pretty schmick

    Smaxelon May 22, 2002   Link
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    Yeeeehhh QUALITY song!

    PEDOPHILE_PUNKERon May 29, 2002   Link
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    YEEEE!!!!! man this song kicks soooo much ass..... My fav OPIV tune.......pretty sad tho how true it actually is.

    Skankin'InThePiton June 05, 2002   Link
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    ahhhhhhh this song is so good. Op Ivy is just...right. I know if they had not broken up we would not have rancid...But seriously...OP IVY WE LOVE YOU.

    rachel mon July 08, 2002   Link
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    also the hippos do a great cover of it. kinda goin into a little rap in it. good stuff.

    comeanddiewithmeon August 17, 2002   Link
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    this song is about the cold war(freeze up aka cold aka nuclear winter) which was still going on at the time it was written and the united states foreign policy. Its about how the U.S is hypocritical. fighting a war conquering and invading in the name of freedom. It is also very anti-capitalism as it jabs at consumers. It also says that revolution could be coming hence the line about the broken down worker.

    theskagodon March 10, 2003   Link
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    This is one of my favorite Operation Ivy songs. The lyrics miss the spoken part during the bridge, though (the best part!):

    Static and division is increasing like a storm! We are sheltered, we are forewarned! Nothing can be changed except ourselves! NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED EXCEPT OURSELVES!

    mouse_clickeron October 08, 2004   Link
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    my favorite passage from this song is:

    one nation stands the tallest radiating blinding light plastic and fluorescent energy robbing us of sight set in our way, content with our decay we wave the flag of freedom as we conquer and invade

    great great great.

    Zedd138on November 30, 2004   Link

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