sleep on pillows made in Singapore
wrapped in comforters
sweating through sheets
drink your coffee in the morning
flown in on airplanes across vast seas
and your houses made of wood
central air
central heat
you got your furniture of particle board
your doors are locked for safety
and you walk in leather shoes
pants of denim
a black cotton sweatshirt
and you do what you do
cause doing can start to form a habit
and you drink all night long
and you sleep through the morning
and if something doesn't break
i'm just going to go, go fucking insane
and you sweep and mop the floor when it's dirty
you do the dishes when the sink's full
and when the refrigerator's empty
well its time, its time, its time, its time to go to the store
you put your books on a shelf
clothes arranged in the closet
you hang the things on the walls
that you dont want to be so easily forgotten
i hate these songs
i hate the words
that the singer is singing to me
i hate this melody
i hate this stupid fucking drum beat
but i'm not going to tell anyone
what i'm really thinking about
keep them conversations on the surface
just keep on smiling,
just keep on saying everything's going to be all right

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    General CommentI couldn't disagree more darkknight.
    I believe that he is singing about the routine life of a middle class citizen who is frustrated by the monotony of his surroundings. Regardless of his luxuries (Central air, heat, comforters, furniture, books, etc) they are still material possessions that offer no real value or worth. He feels angry, pent up, but cant speak his mind for reasons unknown reasons, perhaps due to societal pressures . this only causes him more emotional distress, causing him to emotionally spiral into more frustration. I believe that this person, the nameless "you," represents a part of us all, how we wish to break away from the boring, the routine, and the monotonous, yet most of us don't speak out because we are too scared or afraid of the repercussions.
    TheDrafton January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat song..damn good live... IGNORANCE IS BLISS

    I think this song is talking about commercialism and how the average person can care less about the fact that nearly everything they own was made by exploiting the people of developing countries for cheap labor,

    Also how they block out other problems in the world by just going on with their day as if nothing matters they "just keep on smiling"
    Napoleon Soloon May 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree totally. I remember the first time I listened to this song, unlike any other track on As the Eternal Cowboy, I immediately got exactly what this was about. I mean, it is my own interpretation, but I didn't even get that with the other songs. On a related note - the reason why I love Reinventing Axl Rose more than this record is because the overall vision that Tom had was so much more...I don't know how you'd say it...user-friendly? I don't know, that's just me, though.

    In any case, GREAT fucking song. It talks about the typical day of the typical person and how they don't even think about it. In this case, Against Me! has done the thinking for them, and I think it'd be cool if this song opened some people's eyes. Not to say that I nor Against Me! want everyone to think the same, but I think they're really on to something with this song.
    sacrifice_for_life1on June 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is definatly the best on the new record. Actually it's this song that shifts my favor from reinventing axl to eternal cowboy. oh man the fucking breakdowns.
    and yeah, it might be the best of their set live.
    EZLNon October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagainst me! always writes the greatest lyrics. this is no different. they manage to speak the truth in every song and you can sing along and nod your head and know exactly what they're talking about. i fucking love this band.
    covet____on November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion... it seems to be about routine and how everything is all the same. our lives our so predictable. and the last several lines reveal the second theme, which is that of that we never let anything out that should be let out. the truth is so repressed. originality and creativity are repressed. and society is regressing in part because of this. beautiful song.
    jonbashon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, I love that song, too .. And yes, it's right .. But are Against Me! different? Do'nt they sleep on pillows made in singapore, too? Don't they wear jeans of denim and a black cotton sweatshirt that were produced with exploiting?

    It's easy to tell how reckless and ignorant we are .. But It's hard to make it better .. Got it?
    sidewalk91on March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWord.
    Squevenon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsidewalk91, it is probably true that they do, but that may be partly their point. We all live this life in this society, but we do not all speak out.
    Imberon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfuckin good
    j.acobon August 15, 2006   Link

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