"Waves" as written by John Baldwin Gourley and Brian Joseph Burton....
You can't fight a war with nobody to fight back
But if we get to digging to the bottom of the stack
We'll sell it to the youth and you never know, maybe
You'll get back home and you'll see your baby, oh

We'll just act like we care

All we're needing is a reason, it don't need to be clear
Singing songs to the news, it can play to their fears
Someone's got to die and you don't have to love him
But the military's still got more in its budget, oh

We always need more next year

No one cares about the waves
At the bottom of the ocean
And at the bottom of the ocean
It's always blue
No one will remember
'Cause nothing lasts forever
And everybody's looking
For somebody to use

When you don't bring them home and the war hasn't ended
There's still money there and that money needs spending
The powers that be, we got to do what we do
If they never know it then they'll never feel used, oh
Like I often do

To all the pretty girls out there looking for heartache
Crying, "All I wanted is to be your baby"
And all the pretty girls out there living with heartache
Crying 'cause they're never going to see their baby, oh

We just act like we care

No one cares about the waves
At the bottom of the ocean
And at the bottom of the ocean
It's always blue
No one will remember
'Cause nothing lasts forever
And everybody's looking
For somebody to use

No one will remember
'Cause nothing lasts forever
The world is always changing
And it's always blue
And it's always blue


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"Waves" as written by Brian Burton Asa Taccone

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    My InterpretationThe song is about war, obviously.
    But the metaphor used here is that we only see what happens on the face of the war that the media shows us.
    'All we're needing is a reason
    It don't need to be clear
    Singing songs to the news"

    They show us the waves that break on the beach.
    But no-one cares or sees the waves at the bottom of the ocean that are just as present as the ones on the surface.

    No-one sees every soldier that goes off to war, and what they contribute.

    Their ripples have just as much an effect on the wave that break on the shore and without them the ones on the shore could not exist. But no-one cares.

    No-one sees, No-one will remember the work they did.

    No-one cares about someone that they don't know has died.

    But they will make heros out of some...

    'Someone's gotta' die and you don't have to love him'

    And it will all be worth it to the government

    And all the heartache caused
    'We just act like we care'
    mpodon June 04, 2013   Link

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