"Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever" as written by and Brett/graffin Gurewitz....
Drop dead, it doesn't matter, she said
It only hurts when I laugh, she said
Sometimes it's never a crime
To spend the day in bed
She made certain that the curtains were red
To drape better by the light they would shed
She leaned back, tilted her head
And this is what she said

You can't win, think it over again
I can't win, look at the trouble I'm in
We can't win and we're stuck here together
Yeah, I hope it will last forever.

Don't ever dare to hope, he said
So I'm never let down too bad
I know there's nowhere to go
So I'll just stay here, instead
He knew better than to pull at a thread
They unravel like the thoughts in his head
He looked out, it filled him with dread
And this is what he said


With good books and looks on their side
And hearts bursting with national pride
They sang songs that went along for the ride
And the other side complied
They said, "Hey, man, where do you reside?
"And could it be mother's superior lied?
"And is it possible too many have died?"
It's only natural to reply


Lyrics submitted by Aerion, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song IS 1984. "If you want a picture of the future, then imagine a boot stamping on a human face....FOREVER!" - George Orwell
    andyroo2004on September 23, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song parallels 1984 quite nicely. It goes right along with the hopelessness of beating the party. It is in someways a synopsis of the ending.
    Mephisto22on April 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe title is actually taken from a line from 1984. When Winston is being interrogated by O'Brian in the Ministry of Love, O'Brian tells him how in the future, even more absolute power will be maintained by the Party through even more suffering by the population. He says "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face- forever."
    weatherveinon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment1984 more like 2009. only they hide what's going on. why do all the good people die because they know that government sucks and life isn't going to get better. all of you who are happy don't know shit. we're living in the same type of world as the dudes in 1984 only they're keeping it hidden and letting you believe that freedom and equality exist. it fucking doesn't you hear me it doesn't! we're all fucking slaves and mindless robots except for a very few.
    elliott666on March 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm, my guess is this song is about the how empires come and go and how each one has left a scar on the face of the earth and mankind in their efforts to maintain their power. Every empire throughout history has foolishly believed that they are somehow different from the preceding empire and the certitude of their "difference" shared amongst its leaders meant[to them] that they'll last forever. Thats my interpretation.
    wrinkledPholeon May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds to me like it's about someone who is initially a political activist, but then he finds someone who is either neutral or holds the opposite view, and he ends up suppressing his views in order to keep hooking up with this chick.
    leserpenton May 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt could also be about how politics are really important until they start to interfere with real life - most democrats wouldn't refuse to date a republican, they would just keep quiet about politics, and vice versa
    leserpenton May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is very 1984, if you've read it, and you should.
    Securitron5kon July 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about that last desperate moment when you realize all the diligent activism you've gone through has resulted in so very little. Politics is an incredibly ugly world, the quintessential cultural biproduct of humanity's biggest flaws. The ideals we hold to make the world get better, will probably never be accepted or understood to be effective, and in the end all we can do is comfort each other. It also encapsulates the disillusion of idealistic, graduating college students upon entering the real world, with the intent of changing it.
    xvpatchvxon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentStraight out of the book. I think the first two verses are saying that that humanity is always aware that everything could collapse at any moment, but they try to ignore it, because they might as well enjoy it while they can. Third verse generalises it further, two sides in a war, both just going along with the war, but neither of them can ever win.
    Latchkey Kidon October 10, 2004   Link

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