Saturday, March 05, 2005

Supersize our tragedy? An extended quote for this week

Last night I had a very disturbing dream. I dreamt that, in order to accomodate Hummers and other SUVs and large automobiles, an increase in the standard size of parking spaces was universally mandated, and that parking lots would thus be expanded in size, resulting in less space for plants, animals, houses and even people!

I hope it was a dream. It doesn't seem too far from reality.

This brings me to an extended quote for the week. This requires a little commentary, so bear with me:

For the last couple of years, I've been indulging a long dormant taste for what I call "angry white-boy rock." You see, you can take the white-boy out of the heartland, but it's not so easy to take the white or the anger out of the boy.

What do white boys in the heartland have to be angry about? Well, lots of things. It might just be a broken heart. I'll admit some of this music is pretty narcissistic. But some of it, in addition to the primal guitar screams and driving carthartic drumbeats, goes straight to the heart of a growing culture of dismay among so many of us hapless U.S. citizens.

Not all of us American white boys are a part of the "redneck agenda," as Green Day so excellently put it on their Grammy-winning record ("American Idiot" - I highly recommend it). There is a species of angry white boy rock music that screams out in protest of the dismal state of American politics and culture.

So, here is the extended quote. I may be at some risk of breaking a copyright here, so please go buy Sum 41's record so they're not angry at me:

Take everything left from me. (All to blame)
How can we still succeed, taking what we don't need?
Telling lies, alibis, selling all the hate that we breed.
Supersize our tragedy!
(You can’t defy me, or justify greed!)
Bought in the land of the free!
(land free!)

And we're all to blame,
We've gone too far,
From pride to shame,
We're trying so hard,
We're dying in vain,
We're hopelessly blissful and blind
To all we are,
We want it all with no sacrifice!

Realize we spend our lives living in a culture of fear.
Stand to salute; say thanks to the man of the year.
How did we all come to this?
(You can’t defy me, or justify greed!)
It's greed that we just can't resist!
(Resist!)

And we're all to blame,
We've gone too far,
From pride to shame,
We're trying so hard,
We're dying in vain,
We're hopelessly blissful and blind
To all we are,
We want it all.
Everyone wants it all with no sacrifice!

Tell me now, what have we done? We don't know.
I can't allow what HAS BEGUN TO TEAR ME down,
Believe me now, we don't know just what
With our backs against the wall.

And now we're all to blame,
We've gone too far,
From pride to shame,
We're hopelessly blissful and blind
When all we need
Is something true
To believe,
Don't we all?
Everyone, everyone,
We will fall.

'Cause we're all to blame
We've gone too far,
From pride to shame,
We're trying so hard,
We're dying in vain,
We want it all,
Everyone, don't we all?

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