I want to tell you a little story
'Cause it makes me warm inside
It's about some friends growing up
And all the things they tried
I'm not talking about staple shit
They went for something more
I guess it was too much dreaming
Too much to hope for
One day something funny happened
But it scared the shit out of me
Their heads went in different directions
And their friendship ceased to be

I'm telling you I want it to work
I don't like being hurt
Something's not right inside
And I can't always put it aside
What can we do, what can we do?


I guess I make it too much shit
Someday we'll look back and laugh

Mr. President, go away
Come back and fuck with us some other day
Mr. Feelings, run and hide
You have no right to what you feel inside
Motherfuckers, quick to kiss
Talk your shit, but don't fuck with this
All I want to know is
Am I holding on? Am I moving on?
What can we do, what can we do?


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    General CommentXmisfitXgirlX I dont think it has anything to do with Ian being bitter at Rollins for joining Black Flag. If you watch the movie American Hardcore, Rollins said he called Ian and asked him if he though he should join the band. Ian told him that he should do it
    poprocksncoke1212on August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOk... so this is my theory on this song.. Henry Rollins and Ian Mackaye were best friends right?(no I'm not actually questioning you, I've read enough stuff on both of them to know). Anyways, so Rollins and Ian grew up together, but didn't do drugs and instead were into music and skateboarding, thus "I'm not talking about staple shit, they wanted something more". They wanted a more positive lifestyle, which just happened to be centered around music. So Rollins and Ian were huge fans of Black Flag, they constantly called the SST hotline trying to find out tour dates and what not and always came to help at shows. Rollins heard that they were having try outs up in New York and so he went and got in. Then he left a couple of days to maybe a week later. Just up and left. I always think this song is resentment and a little bit of spite towards Rollins from Ian for that although they're still good friends. Ian wanted Rollins to stay and play in bands even though Ian was, by then, in MT.
    XmisfitXgirlXon June 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow yeah that is a damn good make up of this song god i love it though
    Tsd8kon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen did henry cahnge his last name?
    Marrrtinon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGrowing up is funny. Couple of friends of mine who I've known for like 5-6 years were playing in a band, and did a Minor Threat cover set at a show in some shitty bar on a Sunday afternoon, and we all had hangovers after carousing together after not seeing each other in at least a year. So we don't keep too closely in contact. And these guys aren't really the greatest or even most loyal friends there are. Honestly, they're not even CLOSE friends. But they're friends. Point is- No matter how weak the relationship, I think I will remember the feeling of that stupid weekend from now til the day I die when I hear Minor Threat, cuz I'll picture them playing it.
    LoganNYCon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe first guy is half right about this song. It's more about the entire DC scene and how everyone changed. Ian and his friends all started out with the same ideas and then they all became too different. Ian and Henry are still friends. In fact, tonight I saw Ian come out with the Rollins band and sing background vocals to "Rise Above" for the west memphis 3. If you want more proof of Ian's discontent with the DC scene, read his lyrics for "Dance of Days" by his band Embrace.
    Rev0lutionSummeron June 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentblack cow of death messed up on this one a little bit. The actual line is "Mr. Present, go away". I think everyone's felt like that before. You just wish you weren't where you are, if only you could go back in time and fix what went wrong or just hurry into the future so you wouldn't be in that situation any longer.

    That being said, I think this is my favorite Minor Threat song. I love it.
    plosionon July 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, i read that this was about him being pissed off about how the scene was going. Ian had a lot of problems with the DC scene in the initial years afte Minor Threat reformed. Listen to 'Selling Out'
    shadowwiththeeyeson September 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmaybe its about ian trying to stay close with the guys in threat, but shit just kept happening and they were getting farther and farther apart. maybe this was written not too long before the tragic break up?

    "someday something funny happened, and their friendship ceased to be...some day, i'll look back and laugh"

    maybe all the fun he had as a member of threat, and he'll look back on what a good time it was.
    minorxxthreaton February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis wasnt made to spite rollins in any sense. when rollins got asked to go play with black flag he asked ian what he shoudl do and mckaye straight up said "go for it" so rollins sold all his shit for a plane ticket. i think this song has to do with the early years of the band but dont quote me, just read the minor threat chapter of Our Band Could Be Your Life, its good and they talk about the meanings of a handful of minor threat songs.
    joshwasingeron May 03, 2006   Link

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