"Oh No" as written by Eliot Ferguson, Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Yuri Lemeshev, Sergey Ryabstev and Rea Mochiach....
Sometimes when facing common trouble
When whole town is screwed
We become actually human
Act like Prometheus would
Suddenly there is more humor
And a party tabor style
People ringing one another
"Yo man, how was your blackout?"
Suddenly there is more music
Made with the buckets in the park
Girls are dancing with the flashlights
I got only one guitar
And you see brothers and sisters
All engaged in sport of help
Making merry out of nothing
Like in refugee camp

Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
It is possible any time anywhere
Even without any dough
Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
The forces of the creative mind are unstoppable

And you think, all right, now people
They have finally woked up
But as soon as the trouble over
Watch them take another nap
Nobody is making merry
Only trotting scared of boss
Everybody's making hurry
For some old forgotten cause
But one thing is surely eternal
It's condition of a man
Who don't know where he is going
Who don't know where does he stand
Who's dream power is a bottle
Put away in dry dark place
Who's youth power is well buried
Under propaganda waves
Who's dream life is in opposition
To the life he leads today
Who's beaten down in believing
It just kinda goes this way

Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
It is possible any time anywhere
Even without any dough
Oh yeah, oh no, it doesn't have to be so
The forces of the creative mind are unstoppable

Lyrics submitted by sloathy, edited by rsnows

"Oh No" as written by Eugene Hutz Eliot Ferguson

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    General Comment"Yo man, how's your blackout?!"
    Eugene was supposed to have written this during the blackout in the northeast states a few years ago.
    I personally think Eugene's energy and passion comes from his underlying philosophies... this song is a good example of that. Sadly, and ironically, it seems inevitable that most of his messages will be lost on the masses who eagerly await "Start Wearing Purple" during GB's shows. More reason for Eugene to keep campaigning with his ideas...
    FijiGirlon December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, just describes how human nature can be good sometimes. In the downtrodden times, we seem to make the best of things, and act the most 'human'.
    Pandoruson January 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhen we all need help we stick together so we can save ourselves but when everything is back to normal we are constantly at war with each other and our creative fortituve goes to waste where we are all forced to think the same act the same and be the same just so we can get enugh smpaty and respect to scrach by in our own economic hell hole to be considered sane
    gypsybaxton April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. The idea of simple disasters being our chance for redemption: The sudden adventure and danger and excitement of a blackout, for those who aren't too deep into the delusions of electricity (I'm not saying I ain't). The intimacy and carefree need for one another when a natural disaster rips our sad little homes apart. The beautiful, untouched contrast of all of these elements suddenly bursting over a consistent, dull suburban lifestyle. What intrigues me the most about this idea is the After: Once the power is restored and policeman points at our former homes, telling us to return, back to our primetime TV and fast food and celebrity facts and meticulous lawncare...What will we do? Will this finally be "IT"? THE Revolution that "lets" us abandon our petty devotions inside? Hah. This idea, into which Eugene doesn't delve (he sings that this carefree mutiny could happen anytime, anywhere...but doesn't address any thought of opposition or the After) I think should itself be abandoned. There isn't "one moment" when true freedom will occur. It's happening now and deep inside the little moments that let us feel that almost-untouchable and feral unknown pleasure, such as these blackouts Eugene mentions. True revolutions happen in the head, and spread.

    Also, there's something about the wavering in vocals in the way they sing "oh no" on 1:42 that reminds me a lot of the Dead Kennedys. Then again, this band as a whole really reminds me of them.
    onethinwallawayon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentiaw fijigirl
    groundfloweron May 06, 2008   Link

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