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Anti-Flag lyrics

Album: A New Kind of Army [1999]

Tracks15
 01  Tearing Everyone Down
 02  Captain Anarchy
 03  A New Kind of Army
 04  That's Youth
 05  No Apology
 06  Got the Numbers
 07  No Difference
 08  I Don't Believe
 09  Right On
 10  What You Don't Know
 11  Free Nation?
 12  Outbreak
 13  Police Story
 14  The Consumer's Song
 15  This Is Not a Crass Song
all Anti-Flag lyrics



Tearing Everyone Down
Song: "Tearing Everyone Down"
Artist: anti-flag
Tabbed by speedyfingerz

I thought I'd begun to see a change
But the more things change, the more they stay the same
Back stabbing and name calling, the trade marks of your act
You talk and talk of unity, but divide with your attacks

(You say), "I'd like to see a change,
I'd like to see a change,
I'd like to see a change, but I'm too busy...
Tearing everyone down..."

All us kids, we try to make a change
Some kids start a band, others start a zine
YOU, no matter what your path
You throw a curve in what could be achieved,
Then give up and move onto some other thing

(You say), "I'd like to see a change,
I'd like to see a change,
I'd like to see a change, but I'm too busy...
Tearing everyone down..."

Take a break
from your fights,
try to open up your mind tonight
When you feel
that's complete
then we can tackle this society!

You may not like
everything in life I do...
But that doesn't mean,
I'm not trying to change
the same problems as you

(You say), "I'd like to see a change,
I'd like to see a change,
I'd like to see a change, but I'm too busy...
Tearing everyone down..."back to top
Captain Anarchy
Song: "Captain Anarchy"
Artist: anti-flag
Tabbed by speedyfingerz

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y...

He says that for the punk rock scene he'd give his fucking life
But he's only ever paid to see a show once maybe twice
Instead he stands outside the halls and pan handles for beer
Then sneaks into the hall to deface the bathroom mirror

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y...his name is "Captain Anarchy," but only in his mind
A-N-A-R-C-H-Y...so punk that he's a poser and he'll be one till he dies

You never saw an anarchist with such perfect hair
Or so many ten dollar spikes, or so much punk rock gear
He said he used his welfare checks to buy his boots and plaids
In reality it was all paid for by his mom and by his dad

A-N-A-R-C-H-Y...his name is "Captain Anarchy," but only in his mind
A-N-A-R-C-H-Y...he's anarchy incarnate but only in his (mind)

You know he just can't see Oi! Oi! Oi!
It's up to you and me * * *
I don't want to be * * *
Fighting, let's stride for...SOME UNITY!back to top
A New Kind of Army
LOOK BACK...on history, nothing much has changed
THOUSANDS...of soldiers of all countries, all marching the same
Every nation's leader says that our side is right
Every nation's leader says the time has come to fight
But they use the common people, to settle their scores
It's time that we refuse to fight in any of their wars!

We're looking to start a new kind of army, (that's) too smart to fight, too
smart to die
We're looking to start a new kind of army, (that's) too smart to fight, too
smart to kill...
for you!

JOIN NOW...the ranks of all nations who refuse to go to war
REFUSE...to pull the trigger of a gun for leaders 'round the world
I'd rather fight to spread some tolerance and unity
Than buy into their nationalistic brainwashing
Killing mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, common human beings
Not savages but people, like you, like me!

We're looking to start a new kind of army, (that's) too smart to fight, too
smart to die
We're looking to start a new kind of army, (that's) too smart to fight, too
smart to kill...
for you!
We're looking for a few good men
We're looking for a few good womyn
Who are not afraid to fight against tyranny
But refuse to fight...with tyranny

REFUSE!!!

We're looking to start a new kind of army, (that's) too smart to fight, too
smart to die
We're looking to start a new kind of army, (that's) too smart to fight, too
smart to kill...
for you!

*note: The spelling of the word "women" as "womyn" is not a mis-spelling, but a
result of feminist conscienceback to top
That's Youth
GO!

We were just hanging on the corner, after skating for a few
We were just killing time looking for something new
Then someone came 'long with a guitar, and we just started to play
And we sang Clash songs and the songs of our lives until late into the night

That's youth...That's all...that's all!!! That's all...that's all!!!
That's youth...That's all...that's all!!! That's all...that's all!!!

We'd only been friends for a short time, but in just an hour or two
It was like we'd been friends our entire lives though
And I was so in love with you, but not sure if I should say it
But then I thought, "Yeah, I'm scared and I don't know if I should, but I'll do
it anyway!"

That's youth...That's all...that's all!!! That's all...that's all!!!
That's youth...That's all...that's all!!! That's all...that's all!!!

When all you hear is that, "you can't," or "give up," or "you're a fool"
And you're so sick of all the in crowd and trying to be cool
And still you don't, still you don't know what to do...
But in the end you do your own thing, and you tell 'em to get screwed!!!

That's youth...That's all...that's all!!! That's all...that's all!!!
That's youth...That's all...that's all!!! That's all...that's all!!!back to top
No Apology
Slaughtered by the hands of a butcher
The hands of the butcher were the hands of a "doctor"
And these are the golden days that you want to bring back ?

Making it illegal won't make it go away
The rich will fly to far off lands, the poor will stay and pray
That their back alley abortion is clean and safe

You can't make it go away, so why endanger womyn's lives?
Because the issue here for you isn't life...
It's control! Control of what we do and say
But you'll never gain control - control - control

Is to value life, to move a factory to,
The place that you can most easily fuck those laboring for you ?
That isn't what I call a high value on life

And yet that is the policy of those on the right
Who back the brainwashed Jesus jumpers with the cash flow for the fight
But we won't let you control our lives

We're not gonna be, herded like your flock of sheep
I value life more than anything ...
And your false morals, can't do a thing to brainwash me
I'll never be yours - yours - yours

And there's no justice, in a system,
That's run by greedy old men, who want to control our lives
There's no justice, in a system,
That's run by greedy old men, who want to control our lives

You're not gonna control our lives anymore...back to top
Got the Numbers
You push and push a people, what are they to do?
Soon this corporate run government will be through
You see, it doesn't represent the people anymore
Big business are the pimps and governments' their whores

We don't need more time to talk over a solution
We know what we need, we need a fucking revolution
We don't need your war machine, or your filthy blood stained dollars
We've got one thing you don't have, we've got, we've got, we've got...
GOT THE NUMBERS!
To you the masses are not even human beings
We're dogs that will be grateful for any scraps you leave
But even dogs will only put up with so much abuse
Keep stealing from us like you are we're gonna let loose

We don't need more time to talk over a solution
We know what we need, we need a fucking revolution
We don't need your war machine, or your filthy blood stained dollars
We've got one thing you don't have, we've got, we've got, we've got...
GOT THE NUMBERS!

We've got...we have...
WE'VE GOT THE NUMBERS!

We don't need more time to talk over a solution
We know what we need, WE NEED A FUCKING REVOLUTION!!!
We don't need your war machine, or your filthy blood stained dollars
We've got one thing you don't have, we've got, we've got, we've got...
GOT THE NUMBERS!back to top
No Difference
As I look from this stage at the hundreds of kids in this room with me
The truth is so plain and so obvious, I just can't help to see...
That all of us we are one and the same
Only different in our ages and our names...

How many times have you heard that you're a bore, or you're no good?
I know that all of us have been there, that's why we're all here joined as
one...

We don't need that shit!
This ain't no punk rock clique!
We're as one at the show,
and one after the show!

We don't need that shit!
This ain't no punk rock clique!
Acceptance at the show!
And then after the show!

Society says that we're crazy
With utopian unreal goals
But we're fighting for something we truly believe
And all I can say is I'm glad we do...we do...
And they can say what they want...because our hearts...ARE TRUE!!!
What we've had through these years has been so unforgettable
And what we've had through these years has been so unbelievable
What we've had through these years has been so unforgettable
And what we've had through these years has been so unbelievable

We don't need that shit!
This ain't no punk rock clique!
We're as one at the show,
and one after the show!

We don't need that shit!
This ain't no punk rock clique!
We're equal at the show,
And then after the show!

It's what we want to do!back to top
I Don't Believe
I learned about America from my first day in school
Land of opportunity, land of the free
They told us we were blessed and fortunate
But they turned away my questions on homelessness

I don't believe-I don't believe

Born into a national identity
A citizenship that defines the word "free"
But if we're so fucking free why don't we even get a choice?
I never choose to be a citizen, there was no choice given to make

I don't believe-I don't believe

I don't believe in America
Or the "American Dream"
I don't believe in nationalism
We're all the same
Until the rich old men who control the world find something they can't have
And they send us out there to kill each other, let the rich fight their wars
themselves

I don't believe...
You've got nothing to gain, by fighting for them!back to top
Right On
Pocatello, Idaho: "Punk rock?!?!?! Isn't that the type of music where kids cut
each other with razor blades and knives?"

New York, NY: "You guys were so awesome tonight. Well actually, I'm too drunk
to remember your set, but you're my favorite band...hee-hee"

"RIGHT ON", that's the phrase, to the fucked up stupid things you say,
we say:
"RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON...!"

Newark, NJ: "If you guys think America's so bad, why don't you move to Russia?"

Los Angeles, CA: "What do you mean you don't drink? Drinking's my entire life.
You gotta start drinking!"

"RIGHT ON", that's the phrase, to the fucked up stupid things you say,
we say:
"RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON...!"

Pittsburgh, PA: "Anti-Flag? That doesn't mean anti the American flag, does
it...?"

RIGHT ON!!!back to top
What You Don't Know
It's gonna take some action and some reaction from...
....from me and you
'Cause you gotta stand up and you gotta make demands to...
....obtain the truth
Time after time there are so many secret...
....decisions made
Where we have no choice and no representation...
....and have to say

It's in front of your face (It's in front of your eyes)
But you must open your eyes, if you're to see the truth

They try to tell us as a free we...
....run this country
But nobody wants to talk about the CIA files...
....files we can't see
"NATIONAL SECURITY" concerns a whole country but...
....we have no say
Our "security" blamed for our restricted freedom a game...
....the government plays
It's in front of your face
(It's in front of your eyes)
But you must open your eyes,
If you're to see the truth

When there are secrets that we don't know
Then the ideal they pass as freedom in this country is a fake
When we are left with no right or no voice to choose
Then we're not living in a free and democratic state

It's in front of your face
(It's in front of your eyes)
But you must open your eyes,
if you're to see the truth

It's what you don't knowback to top
Free Nation?
State officials talk of freedom THEY-TALK
In this country that we live in THEY-TALK
Free to be harassed and be beaten by the pigs YOUR RIGHTS-NO RIGHTS
Till your fucking broken, crippled, or until you're fucking dead

They pass laws unfair to gays THEIR-WORK
And separatist laws to keep the non-whites in their place THEIR-WORK
Family values as a smoke screen blowing in your face THEIR TRUTH-NO TRUTH
Family values isn't something that shouldn't be based on hate

Justice presides over them, late into the night
A blind fold covering their eyes but something isn't right...
Under their arms there are shackles on her legs
And the hands that once held up her scales are bound, are bound in chains

And behind their closed doors they conspire through the night MORE WORK-SICK
WORK
And they won't stop until this nation is all straight and all white

They call it a free nation, but all it is, is a nazi nationback to top
Outbreak
The president got caught getting head
So soon some people will be dead
Iraqi bodies scattered around
By the cluster bombs that land in their barracks and their homes

They (i.e. U.S. Representatives) get on T.V. and openly state
That Saddam Hussein should be removed from his place
If anybody said that about the U.S. president
The U.S. military would rip them a new ass

So where is the real terrorist?
In the Middle East or the U.S.?
So who is the real terrorist?
Is it Saddam Hussein or the U.S. president?back to top
Police Story
Tabbed by speedyfingerz
"Police Story"

A black man driving down the street one day
Pulled over by racist boys in blue in Brentwood, PA
There's no real reason, they don't have any right
It's just that in their eyes he's not the correct shade of white...
Driving in a neighborhood that's reigned by whites
Ain't healthy for a black man trying to live a lengthy life
All those cops they walked off free, but him he's in a grave
His name is Johnny Gammage, on of thousands they have slain

We've got no rights...
....when cops can kill
It's not right...
....we live in fear

Patrol man cruising in his car at night
Just looking for some homeys he can rough up in a fight
Pulled over 3 kids in a total rage
Next thing you know there's bodies all over the place
His back up came & they're all acting tough
3 kids vs. 6 or 7 cops all armed with billy clubs
The cops they did it just cause those kids color and their age
They say that's not the truth, but this happens every fucking day!!!

We've got no rights...
....when cops can kill
It's not right...
....we live in fear

Fear of what you're gonna do, when a cop's talking shit to you
Fear of what you're gonna say, when the cops come gunning your way
Fear of what you shouldn't do, when the cops try to provoke you
Fear that on any given day, the cops should take your life away...

They say they're here to keep the peace...
WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKIN' SHIT!!!

We've got no rights...
....when cops can kill
It's not right...
....we live in fear

TAKE BACK YOUR RIGHTS!!!back to top
The Consumer's Song
don't trust them as far as you can throw them 'cause as strong as you
may be you won't be able to move them an inch but you don't have to
believe me go ahead and be the corporate stooge that they trained you
to be and... then you'll see what you get for your loyalty! they call
it "down sizing" but that's just a backhanded saying for the phrase:
"we're gonna screw you, till you're down on your knees... and you
better not try to complain 'cause there's another hundred stiffs like
you, all who'd plead...i'd kiss your ass just for a chance to be a
whore to your company!!!" you see it every day, everywhere, on the t.v.
screen each time a different face or family, but it's always the same
"we worked here all our lives, gave them everything we had and now they
say they're gonna move the factory, to a third world country where the
labor is cheap." but the fact my friend that you don't see is the
money you spend on the goods they make supports their methods of abuse
on the third world scene and in your very own backyard, yes your
country so i won't be the consumer that they want me to be because the
goods i own, aren't going to set me free so i won't buy that crap,
they want to sell me because the goods i own, won't set anyone freeback to top
This Is Not a Crass Song
Tabbed by speedyfingerz

"This is NOT a Crass Song"

You're walking down the street in the middle of the day
The sun is shinning brightly everything is quite ok
But then you hear this song, it makes you stop and yell out, "HEY!"
You might think that it is...

BUT THIS IS NOT A CRASS SONG

You might think that it is but I'm telling you it ain't!
Although I will admit it sounds like something they might write
It's a happy little ditty makes you stop and move you're feet
You might think that this is...

BUT THIS IS NOT A CRASS SONG!

Masterpieces don't usually get written in a minute
But this one took just seconds or even less time to pen it
But don't be too amazed, 'cause it's just got one verse and chantin'
Your might think that this is...

(read this line in your best Cockney accent)
Ahh...right...it's not a crass song is it?

The guitar riff is real savage and it ain't on all that on time
The vocals are so Cockney that they may just blow your mind
And it's got made up words like "icklee", "zicklee", "vin", and "plime"
You might think that this is...

NO! NO! THIS IS NOT A CRASS SONG!

We like to play it in the morning like to play it in the night
Do yourself a favor matey, sing it instead of starting fights
After only just one verse I'm telling you you'll feel all right
You might think that this is...

BUT THIS IS NOT A CRASS SONG!

Play it when you're walking, walking down the street
Play it when you're riding on your bike or on your feet
Doesn't really matter 'cause it's really really neat
You might think that this is...

Ahhh...

Sing it to your mommy, sing it to your dad
Sing it to your new girl friend or the one you just had...back to top
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