Friday, April 11, 2008

The defining song of my generation...

There's a song by NOFX that really defines how I feel for my generation. While it may not speak for me entirely, it sure as hell picks up on how I'm feeling. It's called "The Decline".

It's a 19 minute punk rock epic that I am sad more people haven't heard. While I don't agree with everything said, I think the tone of the song is exactly what people need to hear and feel in the times we live in. Honestly, as I said before, I worry about what children I may have because of the nation that we have been living in. Arrogance and greed cannot be what controls us, but compassion and trust.

Here are a few excerpts. I apologize for the length, but it is a 19 minute song. I've pulled out what I consider to be the defining lyrics. If you haven't heard of this song, or NOFX in general, I recommend picking up "Wolves in Wolves Clothing" and listen to the song "Jesusland". It will change your life.

"...
Add the Bill of Rights, subtract the wrongs
There's no answers
Memorize and sing star spangled songs
When the questions
Aren't ever asked
Is anybody learning from the past?
We're living in united stagnation
...

The Christians love their guns
The church and NRA
Pray for their salvations
Prey on the lower faiths

The story book's been read
And every line believed
Curriculum's been set
Logic is a threat
Reason searched and seized

...

America's for sale
And you can get a good deal on it
(A good deal on it)
And make a healthy profit
Or maybe, tear it apart
Start with assumption
That a million people are smart
Smarter than one

...

Place a wager on your greed
A wager on your pride
Why try to beat them when, a million others tried?

We are the whore
Intellectually spayed
We are the queer
Dysfunctionally raised

One more pill to kill the pain
One more pill to kill the pain
One more pill to kill the pain
Living through conformity

One more prayer to keep me safe
One more prayer to keep us warm
One more prayer to keep us safe
There's gonna be a better place

...


Save us
The human, existence
Is failing, resistance
Essential, the future
Written off, the odds are
Astronomically against us
Only moron and genius
Would fight a losing battle
Against the super ego
When giving in is so damn comforting

And so we go, on with our lives
We know the truth, but prefer lies
Lies are simple, simple is bliss
Why go against tradition when we can
Admit defeat, live in decline
Be the victim of our own design
The status quo, built on suspect
Why would anyone stick out their neck?

Fellow members of
Club "We've Got Ours"
I'd like to introduce you to our host
He's got his, and I've got mine
Meet the decline

We are the queer
We are the whore

..."

Honestly, I don't understand people sometime...

1 comment:

Boringo said...

I'll just add that I typically find the problem in this country to be me. I just don't care enough to make the effort to change.

What's on TV tonight, anyway?