Rationalize values it's so easy to succeed
Keeping your eyes on the prize excess

Camped outside laissez faire
People understand me there
Don't talk to me we'll get along just fine

Blowin' out your mores
Herny Ford tradition plays on
Idel minds left the emergency brake on too long
Underneath the city lies the ruin of mankind

The excavation was a financial success
With artifacts of gold
The arrowheads went straight to the Smithsonian
The rest was melted down and sold

Substantial gains
Minimal losses are tolerable
As long as the machine keeps running fine

Cannibals
Functioning on pheromones
Rational thought lost to instinctual


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    this song is about how capitalism destroyed a civilization, then another civilization comes along to capitalize on the ruins of the previous civilization--cannibals. this song is meant to depict capitalism as a never ending machine thats only worried about profit.

    nicemoaton April 15, 2002   Link
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    Clearly this song is about how we fucked over the Native Americans. For instance: "The arrowheads went straight to the Smithsonian, the rest was melted down and sold." Yes, this song is indeed commenting on our capitalist society, but also it is commenting on the way we have essentially genocidally wiped out the Native Americans but now we put their "artifacts" on display...oldironside...I understand completely...but really...where would we be without capitalism? And yes, NOFX wouldn't be anywhere without the capitalist system they claim to be against. Think about it.

    RobotRockon September 24, 2006   Link
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    I am disgusted that great songs such as "Dig" have little or no comments, when mediocre songs are off the scale with comments! Listen up on the good stuff people!

    donutboy yumon April 12, 2002   Link
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    This is such a good song!! EVERYONE LISTEN TO IT!

    DeadKennedys18on June 09, 2002   Link
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    the second line goes "Keeping your eyes on the prize, success, success"

    Smaxelon September 11, 2002   Link
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    Nofx are the gods of West Coast punk!!! "...as long as the machine keeps running fine" Fck the government, fck the machine, and f*ck the man!!! YEAH!!!

    zeroauthorityon June 29, 2003   Link
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    this song is ace, its got such a good meaning to it! What other band could ever do a song like this? Every nofx song has a different meaning and cover topics that previously had no songs written about it.

    mjstokes85on May 19, 2004   Link
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    The ultimate irony is that without capitalism, these guys would merely be less famous California punk trash.

    oldironsideon August 04, 2006   Link
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    That is true about the song lyrics RobotRock. Where would Americans be without capitalism? There is a lot of answers for that, but probably belongs on a political forum. I think a better question is where would Native Americans be without capitalism? I think the term "fucked over" is better known as genocide. Numerous languages, cultures and an entire race wiped out, but it happened in america, so we just shrug.

    Unknown81on June 19, 2008   Link
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    hahaha .. i heard accoustic version .. its cool ..

    rippnerson May 01, 2010   Link

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