When I asked you to lend me a fiver you said you were already broke
and When I explained you were living in chains you assumed it was some sort of joke
You wanted a job and then got one
And learnt jokes about sex, jews and blacks
Got married to help pay the mortgage Got wound up when you had to pay tax

What happened to you with your ideas?
What happened to all your hopes and fears?
Ex-Teenage Rebel - Same old story

When I asked what you thought of the arms race asking you who's gonna win?
You remebered a man on the telly and said 'I agree with him'
You say everything's alright really
You say that I'm just paranoid
You tell me it's always been the same and there's some things I cannot avoid

So what happened to your old opinions?
The thoughts that you held for so long?
That inspired a thousand rebellions against what was and still is so wrong
You tell me you used to be 'crazy' and paranoid like I am now
You 'soon realized there was no reason why'
So you gave up and soon settled down

And I tell you that you are the problem which is why you dont see it no more
The strength of us all could demolish a wall but you chose to open a door
Living a life of compromise What your supporting is what you depise
Was all that you said just a useful disguise?
Or was it all just those little white lies?
Little white lies to help you survive Is there no guilt in your mind?
Is there no guilt in your eyes?

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    General CommentProbably one of the best songs from the Subhumans. Relalable lyrics toooo.
    antagoniston July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is basically talking about so many punks have "grown up" and abandoned their ideas and hopes and ended up becoming another cog in the system
    ideasnotsoloson December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorites. reality is waiting for a bus is pretty good too. all of subhumans stuff is pretty down to whats happening around us, you listen to the lyrics.
    Ex_Teenage_Rebelon December 19, 2006   Link

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