If you've done nothing wrong
You've got nothing to fear
If you've something to hide
You shouldn't even be here

Long live us
The persuaded we
Integral
Collectively
To the whole project
It's brand new
Conceived solely
To protect you

One world
One reason
Unchanging
One season

If you've done nothing wrong
You've got nothing to fear
If you've something to hide
You shouldn't even be here
You've had your chance
Now we've got the mandate
If you've changed your mind
I'm afraid it's too late

We're concerned
You're a threat
You're not integral
To the project

Everyone has
Their own number
In the system that
We operate under
We're moving to
A situation
Where your lives exist as
Information

One world
One life
One chance
One reason
All under
One sky
Unchanging
One season

If you've done nothing wrong
You've got nothing to fear
If you've something to hide
You shouldn't even be here
You've had your chance
Now we've got the mandate
If you've changed your mind
I'm afraid it's too late

We're concerned
You're a threat
You're not integral
To the project


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  • +1
    Song MeaningThe clue is in the fifth and sixth lines of the song and in the pronunciation of the word as “integral” instead of the more accepted “integrel” (deliberate spelling error to high light the pronunciation).

    The whole song is based on a book by Yevgeny Zamyatin, called “We”. The book portrays a nightmare state where every moment of every individuals life is planned, plotted and controlled by a hyper totalitarian government that calculates all the probabilities of peoples behavour (“Where your lives exist as information).

    What must be remembered is that Neil Tennant is a very educated man (History degree) and has shown in previous songs that he is very well read ( re:
    “I was faced with a choice at a difficult age
    Would I write a book? Or should I take to the stage?
    But in the back of my head I heard distant feet
    Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat”).

    So it should not come as a surprise that he should use classical Russian literature as inspiration for his work. Although I do not disagree with the above comments (they are valid and well presented) but if we are to be pedantic about this song we must say that it is about a book, and it is Yevgeny Zamyatin's book that is about the “New World Order”.

    Incidentally “We” is a good book and I can really recommend it to anyone who likes conspiracy theories or has ever read (and liked) George Orwell's “1984”. Also audio books for free does a good audio book of it.


    Remember, Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean that they are not out to get you!
    promethius7on February 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEasy. A song about promotion of comforming with the war on terrorism. Easily said as "if you have done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to fear" so thus, give up your rights because you are safe.

    WRONG!

    This is promoting the New World Order proven by the lyrics

    Everyone has
    Their own number -- Social Security Number or 666 soon to come.
    In the system that
    We operate under - Government
    We're moving to
    A situation
    Where your lives exist
    As information -- The loss of our privacy
    One world - New World Order
    One life
    One chance - 9/11
    One reason
    All under
    One sky
    Unchanging
    One season

    Unmistaken.
    Mode000on March 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeyond the 9/11 implications (which I'm somewhat reluctant to accept) this is a song in general about systemization of humanity, one that has appeared in many science fiction works. There are also some echoes of Communism and the ideal of the Collective without individualism, and the ideas that those who are accused of parasitism are expelled from the system. I feel that the 9/11 interpretation is a bit too subjective, given the use of this idea for many many years beforehand.
    AthenAltenaon March 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth Mode000 and AthenAltena pretty much covered the song, it's meaning isn't very hidden and quite clear.

    The two crucial parts for me where these:

    "Long live us / The persuaded we"

    The people of Europe and the United States have willingly given up a lot of their civil liberties in exchange for the promise they will be protected by the government, hence the long live us part. Persuaded is a rather negative word and it seems to hint that the new system isn't all that positive after all.

    "You've had your chance / Now we've got the mandate / If you've changed your mind / I'm afraid it's too late"

    The legislation that was pushed through the parliaments by the governments gives it unprecedented power to track, investigate and arrest innocent citizens. The United States wire-tapping scandal is the most obvious example, but so are the national ID card, the arrests of people who aren't charged with any crimes. Sometimes going as far as Administrative Detention, under which detainees are held without charge or trial and detention orders can be renewed without limits. People who would seek to turn back some of these new legislations run a serious risk of being the victim of them; I'm afraid it's too late.

    Let's hope the people of Europe and the United States don't end up in the history books as the generation that willingly submitted to the exact same oppressive governments their grandparents fought against in World War II.
    FreeRasaon October 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has been around for a while now, but by chance my MP3 player randomly selected it and just struck a chord. Every few weeks another piece of legislation is passed that restricts the rights of ordinary citizens or gives authorities the rights to monitor the actions of everyday people. Perhaps this song can be considered to be a sort of anthem for those who have had enough and want to take control of their lives back.
    Dynamooon May 23, 2008   Link

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