Next Thursday you're invited to watch Rising Tide's live coverage of a gala tribute in salute to Ronald Reagan. Host Haley Barbour joins special guest Lady Margaret Thatcher in celebrating the former president's 83rd birthday. Tickets are 1000 Dollars a plate but you can see the event free on GOP TV.

Images of perfection, suntan and napalm
Grenada - Haiti - Poland - Nicaragua
Who shall we choose for our morality
I'm thinking right now of Hollywood tragedy

Big Mac, smack, phoenix r, please smile y'all
Cuba, Mexico can't cauterise our discipline
Your idols speak so much of the abyss
Yet your morals only run as deep as the surface

Cool - groovy - morning - fine
Tipper Gore was a friend of mine
I love a free country
The stars and stripes and an apple for mommy

(Conservatives say) "There ain't no black in the Union Jack"
(Democrats say) "There ain't enough white in the Stars and Stripes"

Compton - Harlem - a pimp fucked a priest
The white man has just found a new moral saviour
Vital stats - how white was their skin
Unimportant - just another inner-city drive-by thing

Morning - fine - serve your first coffee of the day
Real privilege, it will take your problems away
Number one - the best - no excuse from me
I am here to serve the Moral Majority


Cool - groovy - morning - fine
Tipper Gore was a friend of mine
I love a free country
The stars and stripes and an apple for mommy


Zapruder the first to masturbate
The world's first taste of crucified grace
(And we say) there's not enough black in the Union Jack
(And we say) there's so much white in the Stars and Stripes


Fuck the Brady bill!
Fuck the Brady bill!
If God made man they say
Sam Colt made him equal


Lyrics submitted by ecureuil, edited by robcoz98

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  • +4
    General Comment

    It's not that nice about england either. Just about racism and the racism that is still present in our society. Focusing on America.

    MissDon August 30, 2002   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation

    The song title means what it says. It is based on the idea that if "white America", i.e. the political elite could just be honest and own up to it's own citizen's that it corrupt and looking after it's own interests then it would implode.

    The reality is that a lack of gun control and available drugs in the poverty ridden areas of America means that the white elite don't have to watch their own backs - the poor can just appear to dwell in a cesspit of their own making.

    The song wants to illustrate that America isn't the land of the free it claims to be - it wants to show that has developed into an apparent land of make-believe, fantasy, Hollywood and mass produced shite. Big Macs and the "American Dream".

    At the begining the lyrics show that some people are prepared to pay $1000 for plates of food in celebration of people who did nothing to develop the country and litterally looked after their own endeavours and didn't give a toss for anything else. After all why should they? These elitists have got everything to loose by helping anybody else out, their world would just fall apart if they did, it would destroy their own personal "American Dream".

    Just think about it...

    On inspection the American Dream appears to be a highly self destructive philosophy that billions of people buy into through fear and fabrication.

    badstyleon January 13, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    REFERENCES.

    The title is a quote from Lenny Bruce and is most likely shortned to fit on the album cover. But that IS how it's spelt and it's NOT a potshot at American linguistics.

    Grenada-Haiti-Poland-Nicaragua = all places where the US military have fought

    Tipper Gore = For my fellow brits, she's Al Gore's wife and, long story short, she's the reason for those bloody 'Parental advisory' stickers on CDs.

    Union Jack = UK's flag, in case you didn't know.

    Moral Majority = movement of rich conservative christians that started around 1979 who believe in pro-life, censorship and the suppression of homosexuality. I'm sure Jesus would dissaprove of the cunts as much as most sane people do.

    Zapruder = In case you've been on Mars for the last 50 years, this fella had hand-held camera footage of the Kennedy assassination. Back and to the left. Back and to the left....

    Sam Colt = Gun manufacturer. The lyric is a popular saying.

    Brady Bill = named after the fella who took a shot at Reagan and didn't finish the job, unfortunately. The bill legislated the five-day waiting period for guns in the US.

    The higlight of the album to be sure, and yes, the sample IS an advert for a real event... the horror the horror.

    Omnicideon March 19, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Conservative say: there ain't no black in the union jack Democrat say: there ain't enough white in the stars and stripes

    No difference between progressives and conservatives when it comes to the issue of race is what I think they're saying here. Interesting that they used Conservative instead of Republican, expands the song beyond being just America.

    My fav bit is the bit about privilege, they're saying that most people don't care about social problems so long as they have their little comforts.

    fourgangeron January 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Big mac: smack: phoenix r: please smile y'all Cuba, Mexico can't cauterize our discipline Your idols speak so much of the abyss Yet your morals only run as deep as the surface

    a simple reference to river phoenix's overdose and what that does and doesn't mean to society in general. it speaks of a lack of understanding and empathy, and i would assume big mac refers to the disposable nature of pop-culture icons

    BBBSon December 06, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It's really clever how the music in the chorus (cool-groovy-morning-fine etc) is made to sound really... patriotic and jolly. You can't help doing a little American dancer style salute while listening to it, which makes it such a contrast to the rest of the lyrics.

    manic4manicson November 04, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It's so hard to tell with early Manics when they're being sincere, when they're being sarcastic, and when they're just saying something controversial for the sake of being controversial. That said the gun control element of this song doesn't seem sincere to me, and Finland's quote seems to back that up.

    As for the anti-American sentiment of the song, I think that while it's criticising America, I think it's also criticising both Americans who believe that their country is the only one to suffer the problems discussed (i.e., the song is saying that the USA's problems are no more important than anyone else's, despite what Americans might like to think) and Britons who hold up America as an example of All That Is Wrong without being willing to address the similar issues we have over here.

    stygimolochon November 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This is the proper title. It's one word, not separate.

    ecureuilon September 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    And by the way blind rockstar, we really don't need some fucking skater whose favourite band are one hit wonder thickheads commenting on what way the manics choose to have their song titles.

    my nothingon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    America took action to suppress socialist - potentially communist - uprisings in Grenada, Haiti, and Nicaragua (and Chile, and Guatemala...), in case anyone was wondering what their relevance was. And I've since discovered that the title was inspired by Lenny Bruce, a controversial American comedian who strongly opposed censorship. Info courtesy of manics.nl, if anyone's interested.

    richeyeon January 10, 2006   Link

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