All origins are accidental
You've got no papers and
No roads lead home anymore
Chance is the root of all

Place position all maps are
Random all scales are wrong
Legal illegal no passion
For the difference legal

Illegal false premise forge
The nation may all your
Borders be porous free
Transmission smear genetics

See est la vie yawn yawn yawn
I can't stifle my boredom
So why not act your age fear
Of contagion the violence of

A fence builder's dream that
Masks the phrasing of
"All the pleasures of home"
Legal illegal I want to go home


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    This is a difficult concept to get to grips with, but he's basically saying where you are or where you're from is purely a matter of chance. Therefore, there's no such thing as 'home', and all wars over territory are ridiculous. Also, how can it be illegal to just be in a certain place? The idea of borders and countries and immigration is all bullshit.

    rich79on December 19, 2004   Link
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    This song appears to expand on thoughts from Benedict Anderson's book "Imagined Communities" which sets forth the notion of nationalism as a cultural and social issue.

    ricorso.net/tx/ENG312/Teaching/Resources/Criticcs/Andrsn_B/Imagined.htm

    MyOwnHurricaneon October 11, 2011   Link

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