I talk of freedom
You talk of the flag
I talk of revolution
You'd much rather brag
And as the decibels of this disenchanting discourse
Continue to dampen the day

The coin flips again and again, and again, and again
As our sanity walks away
All this discussion though politically correct
Is dead beyond destruction
Though it leaves me quite erect

And as the final sunset rolls behind the earth
And the clock is finally dead
I'll look at you, you'll look at me
And we'll cry a lot
But this will be what we said
This will be what we said

Look where all this talking got us, baby

Lyrics submitted by Skaman2, edited by Pepsi90919, mark111230

"White, Discussion" as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is such a great angle to take for a critique of politics -- instead of insulting the easy target (politicians), Live goes straight for the ones who accept their medium of empty phrases and political correctness (the people). It seems like they're trying to say, stop arguing everything into stalemate and start doing something! Please! Thought not a great song, a great message.
    ballzofsnoon June 04, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my all time favorite Live song. Lyrics to music its rock to the core. The best song I've ever seen in concert.

    The song is "about the end of the world" as Ed has said numerous times. About how we as humanity have done nothing but fight and argue and complain since the begining of time and its basically got us no where, but now its too late.........
    "And if the final sunset rolls behind the Earth
    And the clock is finally dead
    I'll look at me, you'll look at you, and we'll cry alot"

    And now hes just screaming out while the end of the world is happening
    "look where all this talking got us baby"

    OHH I love this song it gives me goose bumps everytime I crank it up and just drift away.
    LiveFanon January 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor those wondering about the preacher's last words,"You yourselves know perfectly, that the day so cometh," they are derived from a bible verse:

    1 Thessalonians 5:2

    For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
    Pepsi90919on March 02, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about me. Mr. Wright
    prince nicon July 11, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow!...Sarcastic, ironic and...ANGRY! the song rocks. Great lyrics to think about ;)
    AgathaKavkaon May 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a slow burn to a boil. The lyrics are great too and go along so well with the music - they aren't about anything concrete or a definite subject matter, but just do a great job to convey the mood of fighting, war, and possibly, the end of the world. The song title "White, discussion" is a bit of a mystery. Any thoughts on that, and the comma?

    An interesting note is that the album cover to "Throwing Copper" is a painting by Peter Howson. I did a bit of research about him and his art works are quite in line with Live's music - full of angst, apocalyptic imagery, and religious themes. If you think the album cover is and Ed Kowalski's lyrics are intriguing, I would suggest checking out Peter Howson's works too - it's shocking, great stuff.
    stoolhardyon October 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe message is excellent, but I also thoroughly enjoy the song. It's simply astounding all-around.
    Skaman2on June 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great song! What cd is this on?
    tenserockon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's Track 13 on Throwing Copper, the last one except for that bonus track.
    I really love this one, the cynicism implicit in it. Rare for LIVE, but it works for them just as much as love and peace does.
    Artemisianon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvery angsty very awesome. One of my favorites EVER!
    Somber_Eyeson January 08, 2006   Link

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