"Midnight Regulations" as written by George Pettit, Jordan Hastings, Chris Steele, Dallas Green and Wade Macneil....
I find myself concerned
For the common man, these days
Evil are the minds
That push the divide
Forced to live a life
In fear that his future is on the wane
Midnight regulations
Midnight regulations
Burned his candle down
Working to make ends meet
But what can be done
About the way things have become
Fingers to the bone
Ready to admit defeat
Midnight regulations
Midnight

Brother! There is no charity
For the common man
When he is in need of relief

And now he's hanging on
To his final stitch of faith
So, here's to all the years
Of deaf ear fallen prayers
Rich men behind closed doors
Are trying to keep him in his place
Midnight regulations
Midnight regulations
Oh, all you common men
You need to fight for a new way
Old hearts, we need to mend
It's time to start again
Palace walls dismantled
Brick by brick, you will have your day
Midnight regulations
Midnight

Brother! There is no charity
For the common man
When he is in need of relief

They say just to hold onto your hope
But you know if you swallow your pride
You will choke

Brother! There is no charity (there is no charity)
For the common man
When he is in need of relief (when he is in need)
Brother!
Brother!
Men!
Men!
Midnight Regulations
Midnight,
Midnight regulations


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"Midnight Regulations" as written by Dallas Green Chris Steele

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    General CommentThe best song on the new album, without a doubt.
    It's about the working class, and how much of a struggle they've got on their hands these days what with evil corporations and businesses taking all their money and hope and freedom. They are beaten down to a life of drudgery and hopelessness, forever stuck in a cycle of poverty and dead ends.
    And Alexisonfire are telling them to revolt, to bring about revolution and change to the way the world works in terms of the poor man.
    Wambson June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's exactly what I thought!
    Probably the best song off this album!

    The switching vocals are awesome.
    alxpowaon July 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWambs, agree for the most part but I think you're looking a little too low on the social strata. This sounds more about the middle class. After all, there is charity for those at the bottom, the people on stuck in a cycle of poverty and dead ends. This isn't about the poor man standing up and taking back, this is about your average man, with an average sized family, in an average sized house with an average car, standing up and taking back all the freedoms and hope that is being taken away from them from those with power.

    For instance,
    "They say just hold onto your hope
    But you know if you swallow your pride
    You will choke."

    For the average man who works for a corporation or the government, they continually hear how things will get better, how they can make advances within the structure they work, but it never happens. If those people stand up and think against common thought from the top, they can usually find themselves with a pink slip. It's become the Gulag without torture.

    You could even argue that 'Midnight Regulations' are the constant regulation from government over business which the common man never hears about, which in turn makes large businesses in to conformist structures since common business practices are increasingly being treated as unethical or outside of the law. This has brought about things like sexual harassment seminars and ethics seminars on a regular basis in the work place. For instance, if you are a salesman with one of these companies, setting up a golf outing with your potential customers is considered unethical on the basis that you are "buying" business. Being yourself is no longer as important as being the model human being, because we live in a sue-first culture. Just think of what Sarbanes-Oxley has done to business here in the States. As an average man, this kind of nonsense has made me truly sick. Good song though!
    ludichrisspeedon August 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLudichrisspeed, reading your comments and then reading my own again, I agree with you completely and that's pretty much what I was thinking, I just wrote it all down wrong. My comment sounds like I think the song's about the poorest of the poor. However, I always think it's about the same kind of people Boiled Frogs is about.

    These people aren't below the poverty line, they're not going hungry or living in squalor. They have nice homes and cars and go on holiday every year to someplace warm. But the people they work for have backed them into a corner and now they've no freedom.

    That's what I meant to say.
    Wambson August 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"They say just hold onto your hope
    But you know if you swallow your pride
    You will choke."


    Chills, every time.
    Gibbonbyteon October 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthalf these lyrics are fuckin wrong!
    tudon June 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRather than go Into depth about what I think the songs Lyrics, I will simply give the definition to a Midnight Regulation. Midnight Regulations are the laws or 'Regulations' passed by a US president during his final sixty days in office.
    freowinon December 30, 2012   Link

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