"A Simple Plan" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
The plants and the factories are perfectly run
The workers and bosses are living as one
People are equal people are good
People are working as hard as they should be
It's food for my family and clothes for my kids
The class war is over and everyone wins
It's such a simple plan
To take it like a man
But I'm not sure I can
We fought for a decade corruption and greed
It gave me a purpose a reason to breathe
But now that it's over now that we've won
It's back to my bedroom alone with a shot gun
To think of my family no longer compels me
With all things in common they'll manage without me


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"A Simple Plan" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General CommentI feel most of the comments here are overanalyzing the song and it's very straightforward. The man has taken part in a revolution to create a perfect society, but ends up being suicidal after accomplishing that. It's not because there's necessarily anything wrong with the society that was created, it's because of the type of person he is. I've known some people who are depressed and have low self esteem, but are doing something really important--activism, raising a child--and are driven solely by the importance of that task. Losing the task would be wrenching, even if the task is over because you succeeded.

    The first verse describes the new society; the second verse describes the work that went into it and how it defined the man's life. Now that the goal is achieved and he's no longer needed, he feels like he has no reason to live. He can't talk himself out of suicide with the idea that he needs to work to support his family, which is apparently what he's done in the past.

    I get the feeling he always wanted to die on some level, but talked himself out of it with his obligations to society and his family. Now that the obligations are gone he has no reason not to.
    mockingsmileon January 11, 2016   Link

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