Don't just stand there watching it happening
I can't stand it
Don't feel it
Something's telling me
Don't want to go out this way
But have a nice day

Then read it in the headlines
Watch it on the TV
Put it in the background
Stick it in the bag
Stick it in the bag

For the beautiful occupation
The beautiful occupation
You don't need an invitation
To drop in upon a nation

I'm too cynical
I'm just sitting here
I'm just wasting my time
Half a million civillians gonna die today
But look the wrong way

Then read it in the headlines
Watch it on the TV
Put it in the background
Stick it in the bag
Stick it in the bag

For the beautiful occupation
The beautiful occupation
You don't need an invitation
To drop in upon a nation

Don't just stand there watching it happening
I can't stand it
Don't feel it
Something telling me
Don't want to go out this way
But have a nice day

Then read it in the headlines
Watch it on the TV
Put it in the background
Stick in the bag
Stick in the bag

For the beautiful occupation
The beautiful occupation
Don't need an invitation
To drop in upon a nation

The beautiful occupation
The beautiful occupation
So much for an intervention
Don't call the united nations


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The Beautiful Occupation Lyrics as written by Francis Healy

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    i got an account because i was amazed that noone had commented on the real meaning of this song: the u.s. war in Iraq. This obviously a satire on the manner bush went about invading Iraq. Because Bush had no legal reason for going into Iraq, the best he could do was use faulty information to try to scare the rest of America into believing it a worthwhile cause. If you kept close attention to the news during the first year of occupation, you'll notice that bush constantly changed his reason. originally (if you can remember) it was because of very vague reports of ryacin and possibly enriched uranium. It was only much later, when neither of these panned out, that Bush changed his focus to "WMD" (in the chemical sense, because evidence was found that Saddam had tested chemicals on kurds) and eventually "terrorism" (no connection to al qaeda). This song shows how frustrating it is that so many american's act like sheep and actually support this dispicable man, the main reason being because they don't pay attention to what's been happening. According to the exit polls of the 2004 election, 64% of postgraduate citizens voted for Kerry, in other words the smartest of the smart. This song, instead of seeming outwardly hostile, has lines like "the beautiful occupation, you don't need an invitation," making a joke of how little some american's care that we went to iraq and are losing troops without a good reason (invitation). The last line, "don't call the united nations," should give it away, because the U.S. was actually told by the UN security council NOT to go in, but we did anyway. I don't know how I could make this any clearer. Fantastic song by the way.

    restlessdragonon February 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I agree with lategreats, it def. has to do with the war in Iraq...

    Half a million, civilians gonna die today... Look the wrong way...

    SMUSER17019091on August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i really dont understand wat this song is supposed to mean but i still love it...

    shootingStar527on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is definately very political. the lyrics seem to be describing how everybody is just turning their back on whats going on in the world as if its nothing to do with them. the typical "its not my problem". I think this is one of frans strongest songs. very meaningful.

    sOCS479on February 13, 2005   Link
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    First I hadn't understood it at all; but I liked it, like the one above. But you really need a clue how to look at this song if you want to understand what it means. Their web site helped me though. But to look from a different point of view doesn'it also remind you our "beautiful" occupation in people's lives as friends or someone you know? I think that knowing a person, (meeting the first time), putting him/her into your inner world is something that changes you forever. Sometimes people make beautiful occupations into others' lives. Without a permission, enters your life and changes you forever... Do you ever feel it?

    vusion February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this song is just about war in general.

    LDGon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this song is just about war in general.

    LDGon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is without doubt about Iraq. The whole album is about war and politics. The title of the song refers to the occupation of Iraq.

    lategreatson August 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    There are also I believe some mistakes in the lyrics...

    1

    "Stick it in the back Stick it in the back"

    It should be

    "Stick it in the bag, Stick it in the bag..."

    2

    "Up to city come I'm just sittin here I'm just wastin my time Half a million civilians gonna die today They looked the wrong way"

    It should be:

    "I'm too cynical, I'm just sitting here, I'm just wasting my time, Half a million civillians gonna die today, But look the wrong way..."

    SMUSER17019091on August 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    Fran wrote this before any mention of wars, but he had this weird feeling that it was coming, and he could do nothing about it. The song is about feeling helpless. I love this song. When I first listened to '12 Memories' this was the song that jumped out at me. It's still one of my favorites.

    Ulrikkeon September 02, 2005   Link

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