when the people of the country have forgotten how do disagree and the national economy is said to be o.k. and the wages that you get will help you to forget will you keep your ideologies or throw them all away? when the system has you beaten even though you haven't eaten cos you can't afford to eat and drink to keep your brain alive you blame the system for the weather but carry on as ever you got to work at half past 8 and come back home after 5 you can go blue in the face talking about the human race how they got to outer space but it never stopped the wars and how the whole of this humanity is based on greed and vanity the ones who make decisions are the ones who make the laws you're still in this society so what's your main priority? remain in the majority who never really cared? or cultivate the hate to annihilate the state are you prepared to die for your beliefs or just to dye your hair? the anarchist the nihilist but can you prove that you exist to a population who just insist that you're just a bunch of fakes? you can not change the system until you change your own restrictions communication and conviction got to kick until it breaks

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    General Commentwow nobody commented? its about how people think they are "punk" but the only thing they ever do is dye their hair and say they are hard core, never taking any real action for their convictions
    neveroddorevenon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits about how "punks" label theirself "punk" 'cos they just look "punk" on the outside [fashion]
    fatpunkon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song kicks ass. as for being punk, todays of "punk" is defined by how many green day pins you can fit on your my chemical romance book bag.
    bassplayereadgon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBut of course it's not just about that. It's telling you to actually take action rather than just talking about problems or whatnot.
    mechon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt is talking about how punk is going out there, making a stand, useing your voice, not just wearing a greenday Tshirt (and greenday is NOT punk by the way!)
    jellobiafrafanon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdon't just talk the talk, walk the walk.

    michellethezombieon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all of you, but no one seemed to add that its mocking us in a way, as a sort of motivation "Are you prepared to die for your beliefs, of just to dye your hair?" Its poking at us, making us want to get out and do something. Jello, don't make statements like that. Punk is what you make it, I don't care if they aren't your government hating punk rawkers, if they can get someone to get out and do something to better the world, then who are you to say they aren't? Think before you type
    StillNotDeadon October 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow, this song is much deeper than most of you seem to give it credit, I mean you have taken one or two lines that may or may not be about the punk lifestyle and made those the whole song...

    Anyway, the song is about describing the conflict a socially and politically aware person goes through when everything and everyone around them is working against them. Most of the song describes all the temptations someone has, to just assimilate and be done with it. The song basically states this in the first sentence:

    "when the people of the country have forgotten how to disagree and the national economy is said to be o.k. and the wages that you get will help you to forget will you keep your ideologies or throw them all away?"

    They further restate this with:

    "so what's your main priority? remain in the majority who never really cared?"

    The song also makes it clear that you shouldn't simply put yourself on a pedestal, although you should consider the fact that things are not the way you want them to be. With this information you should further do something about it, regardless of whether you belong to a tired ass musical subculture or not.

    The main idea is to stick to your guns, not to be tamed, that sort of thing.

    Neonsolidon November 06, 2008   Link

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