Your basic average super star
Is singing about justice
And peace
And love
And I am glaring at the radio,
Saying that's just what I was afraid of
The system gives you just enough
To make you think that you see change
They will sing you right to sleep
And then they'll screw you just the same

But I will wait
Yes, I will wait for the truth

They think I make a big deal about nothing
But they still think I'm
Kinda cute
They joke about the status quo
To break the ice
Once the ice is broken
I hope they all fall through
'cause this is no joke to me
They don't fool me
With their acts of sensitivity
They too shall pass
Just like everyone
Who's only here for my ass

And I can't wait
Oh I can't wait till they get their due

Baby I've only got a minute
Baby I have to go
A minute is all my life
Will ever allow
Let's grow old
And die together
Let's do it now
Because you'll do all the jobs
No one else will do
And you'll step aside
And you will let me come through
You have all my respect
I'll leave it here when I go
Maybe I never told you, baby
Maybe you don't know

But maybe if we wait
If we wait things will improve
Maybe we just wait
And things will improve
You know, they've got to improve

Your basic average superstar
Is singing about justice
And peace
And love
And I am glaring at the radio
Saying that's just what I was afraid of
The system gives you just enough
To make you think that you see change
They'll sing you right to sleep
And then they'll screw you just the same

He says I know you have to go
You have gone before
We are fighting on two different fronts
Of the same war
But no matter what else
I will do
I will wait for you

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    I think is a song about a relationship that is failing despite all efforts. Of course it also has the political message that Ani includes in many of her songs but for me, at the core it's about sticking around and waiting out the storms of a relationship because you really care about, love, and have a tremendous amount of respect for the other person.

    closer to myselfon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    Exactly! To me, it's equally about a relationship, and the fight for justice. Even, the guy she's with seems to be politically active, also - "fighting on two different fronts of the same war." I love the way she sings "maybe I never told you, baby, maybe you don't know." Yah. I wish she was singin' that to me, hey! Ani kicks more ass than should be allowed by law. I'm just gettin into her older stuff now. God, there's a LOT of it. Heh.

    festijunkon June 09, 2003   Link
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    i think the political message in this song takes way more importance over the part about a relationship. the most poignant line of the song the system gives you just enough to make you think that you see change they'll sing you right to sleep and then they'll screw you just the same

    is super amazing and so right on. tokens, we put people of 'color' in power, or women and say look things are different. but it's not about having a black president or having a women president, it's about changing our consciousness, about realizing we've been raised only to divide. it's about realizing that we think things have changed but really we're even more deeply rooted in our cycle of hatred and discrimination.
    and i think the whole waiting part of the song--the whole relationship part--kind of just shows the dedication these two people have to the cause, thus making it more important than their relationship. which i think is like the ultimate message. we need to step outside ourselves, make sacrifices if we want to see change.

    OliverAstroon December 14, 2004   Link

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