No Fooling

Marcus Surrealius bushchoked at
Mon Nov 1 15:58:00 CST 2004

> They nearly always miss the
point of the song, and I find myself having to explain
that Pete's intent
was to point out that pitfalls of a revolution


Not ONLY that, I think. It's about more than just
revolution, or revolution in the strictest sense I
should say. A revolution is more exciting a subject
for a performer to write about than an election or
your average political situation. But a lot of this
stuff is very general.
It's a warning about believing apocalyptic leaders who
claim only they hold the key to staving off
armageddon. Often they, or the group they represent,
are directly responsible for the problem in the first
place. The current administration is a perfect example
of this very thing.
In WGFA, Pete warns of losing sight of what you're
fighting for, in order to win:

"And the morals when they worship will be gone."

Again, this election is a perfect example of an
administration's professed morals getting put aside.
Also, the ridiculous idea that not being in complete
agreement means you're a traitor:

"And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song"

It's about the fighters getting lost in the mayhem:

"I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive"

And this part is CLEARLY about believing leaders who
are spewing lies to justify their mistakes, no current
administration need be mentioned:

"For I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?"

As a rule, as people come into it money or
political power, they tend to become what they were
against in the first place. A lot of people believe
that as one becomes older and wiser they get more
conservative, which is ridiculous. For example, High
School grads tend to support the conservatives whereas
College grads tend to support the more liberal side. I
see this line as Pete, the admitted socialist as we
saw in the interview, admonishing these people for
losing sight and going instead for their own selfish

"And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right"

This line, more general certainly, warns of the same
sort of thing:

"Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss"

In America's current situation, it's the same "bosses"
who were in charge when we were funding and arming the
very same people who are now using these resources to
attack America. And, as Pete says:


"I believe God wants me to be President."
    George "whacka-do" Bush

Cheers         ML

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