how ready are you
to die for an ideal
what's the connection,
between a lie and what is real
Mother Superior

I've got an angel on my back
I'm one of the righteous
and I'm never going back
no, no, no
I'm never going back

who's that shining forth-right man
about to die behind me
he's waiting for the portress to
send me head over heels
who's that black-heart four-star
general walking up the hill
to ask the liberals nicely
to help, finance his private war

and if I didn't trust that man
when he puts the rifle in your hand
sings you songs of pageantry and grace
and how much you want to bet
on the other side
there's a man with twice your pride
and they put you feet first in an
unmarked grave

there was a time in our history
when we justified by saying
our destinies manifest
now imperialism is the mantra
of the west

see that trigger happy
college boys, love a chance
to try out their new toys
then they wash the city streets
clean, with the blood of infidels

as the fabric of democracy
left tattered in the dust
we could put, another greedy man
into the dictatorial
puppet-show, now
tell me, who do you trust
who do you trust

and an abominable hemisphere
would perpetuate a heart-whole
atmosphere
call it a threat
to national security
call it just a poor-sick face
one more place,
to export cheap labor

hail the monarchy
hail the oligarchy
a potential for anarchy
and we pat ourselves
firmly on the back


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    and nobody trust that man when he puts the rifle in your hand sings you songs of pageantry and grace and how much you want to bet on the other side there's a man with twice your pride and he'll put you feet first in an unmarked grave.

    beautiful song that may carry more weight today, than when it was actually written.

    The song is refering to the ways Americans fail to see the "truth" of war. We are taught that "we" are good that "we" are right and that others are less and wrong. Its never that simple and Good Riddance points out that whatever source of pride and bravery we have others also have...and that we actually fight for much less than some others do. It points out the way wars are waged by powerful faceless persons and fought and won/lost with the blood of men and women bound to a very similar destiny.

    manicmarkuson January 17, 2011   Link
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    Amazing song. Can't believe I'm the first to comment.

    I wanted to correct the lyrics, starting in the second to last verse:

    and an abominable hemisphere would perpetuate a hostile atmosphere call it a threat to national security callin' it just a poor-sick face one more place, to export cheap labor

    mang5000on March 02, 2008   Link

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