THE THIRD WORLD

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lyrics

It's hard to hear the truth sometimes
but that's just it! if you don't ask why
they've got you beat, they've left you blind
deaf, dumb, ignorant, and contented like a child
who hears but doesn't understand

starving the poor and calling it "sanctions"
endless war called a "police action"
"enhanced techniques" make torture sound like sex
glamorize brutality, well what the fuck is next?
and when we are gone, it's not like they've said
we haven't "passed on", we're just fucking dead
that judeo-christian mummery
it's not part of my philosophy
how can you take it seriously?
honestly, i'm just looking for some honesty
but if you don't say it outright then it's just not real
so you can rest easy and no one has to feel the pain of
people in the news starving, and slaughtered
it's miles away, that's not my boy bleeding, that's not my daughter
she's safe here with me watching ads on TV
that carve up her self-respect like a butcher carves his meat
but don't worry about the price
as we sow, so shall we reap
nothing can come between you and your meal
cut off from the truth and factory farmed so it's cheap

and produced so far away that you'll never have to see it
where it comes from, what it's eaten, drowning in it's own shit
but never fear! we'll pump it up so you won't get a disease
until the bacteria are immune to every drug that we've made
and the private corporation has your health on a string
and the loopholes insure that you won't feel a thing
money is the real disease and we haven't got a cure yet
but we all own shares in a future of death and debt

our humanity sold for the Department of War
and the next generation left to shoulder the burden
but "responsibility" is an empty conversation
robbing us blind while they exploit our desperation
they shame us for our poverty when they're the ones that made it
and blame us for lacking all the things that they've taken
It's just like it was before
It's just like it's always been
Reclaim the language to free ourselves
And wipe the slate clean

"developing nations" where the third world once stood
but developing into what? and for whom is it good?
a sad reflection of the failure of the west
capitalism, the father who knows best
the government fights to make the dictators fall
then we rebuild their country as a shopping mall
industry in return for the life that we've stolen
opening new markets for Coca-Cola
and back here at home we've got Hollywood stars
to say believe in America and buy a new car
selling the same old shit with a brand new flavor
sexist consumption and non-union labor
the money we spend will safeguard our freedom
but don't ask where it goes, that would be treason!
just keep spending, just keep pushing the cart
and keep on pretending til it all falls apart!

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from SHIT​!​! 12" EP, released November 1, 2014

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