Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious... Lyrics - Against Me!
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we're all presidents,
we're all congressmen,
we're all cops
in waiting, we are the workers of the world.
there is the elite
and the dispossessed.
it's only about survival.
who has the skill to play the game for all it's worth,
and reach an obscure kind of perfection.
let's try and keep as much emotion out of this as possible.
let's try not to remember any names.
we'll do it for a country,
for a people,
for a moral vision.
united we'll make them remember
or how we'd like to be told.
how we like to be told.
we rock, because it's us against them
we found our own reasons to sing,
and it's so much less confusing
when lines are drawn like that.
when people are either consumers or revolutionaries,
enemies or friends. hanging onto the fringes of the cogs in the system. it's just about knowing where everyone stands.
all of the sudden people start talking about guns,
talking like they're going to war.
cause they found something to die for.
start taking back what they stole,
sure beats every other option.
but does it make a difference how we get it
well do you really fucking get it
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/pol/an's interpretation | Reviewer: /pol/an | 4/4/13
The way I see it is that it's pretty much a tongue-in-cheek summarization of the anarcho-left movement. They are opposed to violence but usually only on an emotional level. Since they don't recognize private property rights internal conflicts are bound to arrise and eventually they tear themselves apart. I also believe Tom wrote this from his perspective of what he saw in the movement. Being on in the Anarcho-Capitalist camp myself I can definitely see the tongue-in-cheek reminders because I notice a lot of it in my side of the movement as well.
Please, shut the hell up. | Reviewer: whitelocust89 | 6/7/11
Look. Every fucking human has their say on life. Life is a game. It can either last very long or end very fast. EVERY person has their own opinion. I'm NOT taking sides, so just stop making fun(judging) of people over the INTERNET. I'm not saying this because I'm a nerd(loser, lowlife, etc.)
I'm saying this because I am DRUNK. But still, non the less it is still wrong to believe in this "God" thing. Believing in Santa Claus was way more fun then this God dude. Santa gave me presents. What has God given you? Security? So that when you die you "think" you go to heaven cause you're a good person. Give me a break. I have no problem with people believing in different religions. But when I want to be IMMATURE and debate this shit, I speak the truth. BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU WANT TO.
how about this.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/9/10
... Music is art. Art it interpreted many ways. Unless you are the artist,(or the song writer), the song is saying whatever you feel it says. so, you are all right in your own way. But it is interesting reading the debates. But lets keep everyone point of view in mind. :) i just love Against ME! in general :P
Fuck off and talk about the music | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/10
God dammit, you fucks
Go argue your politics elsewhere.
I'm an anarchist, and obviously if you think anarchism is bullshit you shouldn't comment on this song- Are you TRYING to start arguments? Go debate on Redstomp or Revleft or something. This is a site for music.
you folks are all idiots. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/10
this song its about what it is to be an anarchist in this time and age. think about it! look at the history of anarchism, then reflect on the state of our [sad] world, and think about how an anarchist would fit into an insanely consumer-oriented world
fuck anarchists | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/29/10
I love how all of you pieces of shit all talk about how corrupt and evil government is when they provide you security and freedom. Without govt. the entire infrastructure of the world would collapse then people would be brought to desperate actions. Not to mention all of you "anarchists" who live outside of the "system" still have no problem accessing the internet were all of your activity is being monitored. You may as well have a bar code tattooed on the back of your neck.
Anarchy.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/1/09
i think it is partially about losing yourself in the system to a certain extent when your trying to make money and survive, I agree with that interpretation. But before anyone starts musing about the meaning of anarchy--keep in mind, anarchy is simply the absence of government, chaos is a connotation (something people think of when they hear the word, instead of actual definition, if you failed english :P).
so many people talking about the meaning of anarchy have never even opened the dictionary and looked it up........
Actually... | Reviewer: Joe | 1/30/09
I think what they're saying is this: That people (on both sides) have a tendency to see each other as statistics, because it's much easier to do terrible things in the name of a cause if you don't realize who you're hurting. But if we really want to succeed as anarchists, we need to realize we're trying to reach people, and convince them we're what's better for them, not force them by any means necessary, which is actually COUNTER to what anarchy is about.
Clarification | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/19/09
To: Anonymous and the left activism comment.
If you had an understanding of politics you would understand that Anarchy has nothing to do with the political left. In the grand scheme Anarchy is the opposite of Libertarianism. The liberal left is opposite to the neocon right and the viewpoints make a cross. You can actually take a political quiz to see where you truly lie on the political spectrum.
The leftists and the right are becoming the same. They are all fucking neocons. Both are pushing an agenda, both for the love of money and their own ideals. It's a joke.
I am dead center on the spectrum leaning ever so slightly left of the line between left and the right.
The song is about surviving the game.
ehh.... another useless comment about that I think | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/7/08
I think this song is talking to the struggles of being completely different than the system that you are fighting against, and that this may lead you to become what you are trying to over through.
re: definitely mysterious | Reviewer: anon | 8/29/08
"Is Against Me! pointing this occasional hypocrisy in this song, or are they talking more about how we are all labelled as radicals, etc., by mainstream society and we should actually go with this...?"
close.. see, it isnt just the "mainstream" that uses simple labels like "consumers" and "revolutionaries".
and they arent saying that we should go along with it. its satire. theyre pointing out how ridiculous it is for everyone to "draw lines" making everything so black and white. people find a view, stick to it, and oppose everything else, but things are much more complex than that.
the part towards the end talking about how people have found "something to die for"... theyre talking about how far people take things... these things that are based on their ideas of absolute right and absolute wrong. people dont focus on the gray areas. and thats where the problem is. we all have much more in common than we think, but because of the blinders we wear, we dont realize it... and wen end up with unnecessary conflicts.
definitely mysterious | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/27/08
I've loved this song for a long time but I am still a little confused about the full message Against Me! was trying to give out in it. Being involved in leftist activism I have seen a lot of sad divisions occur, only making our protests weaker. Sometimes people who call themselves anarchists actually create a stuck-up, hierarchal system amongst their fellow activists, despite their anti-hierarchal views. Is Against Me! pointing this occasional hypocrisy in this song, or are they talking more about how we are all labelled as radicals, etc., by mainstream society and we should actually go with this...? Because the way I see it, anarchists and and free thinkers ARE hanging onto the "fringes of the system" when they turn against others for having different views or ideas. How much does this accomplish for any of us?
Dude | Reviewer: Gabe | 7/7/07
Nice song to sing around a campfire, this band is fucking crazy!!
Those Anarcho punks are MIGHTY mysterious! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/18/07
This is my Favorite Against Me! song, it just has everything, the live version, the version on ' Reinventing Axel Rose'and the version on the Accoustic EP, no matter what, it sounds great, the lyrics are striking, and mean alot.
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