[why don't you open me up]
candy cane girl
don't you know your name girl
[yeah]
twelve people gonna ask you just the same girl
what a world
christmas once a year girl
that's three hundred and sixty four tears girl
so when christmas finally comes
and nobody's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to hang around
think again girl
[why don't you open me up, huh?]
candy cane boy
don't you know your name boy
nine people gonna tell you just the same boy
you're a lone son?
in the middle of a million
and nobody knows how to talk to children
oh, when christmas finally comes
and nobody's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to get a new toy
think again boy
[oh]
oh when christmas finally comes
and noone's got a gun
and you think it might be fun
to make a stand
think again man


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    General CommentI always thought that what it was actually about was gun crime amongst young people, and how important socialisation is in leading to it or deterring it. Like, when it says "don't you know your name girl/boy", thats a very clichéd thing for adults to say to young children, the kind of thing you get at family parties (i.e christmas) when you're young and you hate it, thus, 'nobody knows how to talk to children'. If you take the "dont you know your name" line as representative of 'negative' socialisation/upbringing (which could be anything from not teaching your children right from wrong properly to not paying them enough attention), then this can be seen to lead to antisocial/criminal behaviour, and obviously included in that is gun crime. And you do hear alot about young, bored children finding their parents guns (obv in America, right to bear arms and all that) and accidentally using them, or using them without fully understanding the consequences. I am rambling quite alot here but hopefully you catch my drift!
    Nomdeplumeon September 28, 2008   Link

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