Only A Phase

“I’d rather stay a child and keep my self-respect, if being an adult means turning out like that guy-ugh!”(Jello Biafra)

Only a Phase

Are you growing up
Or giving up
You might be older
But that’s not enough
Does your age regulate
What’s right or wrong
You can’t relate
Maybe all along

Have you grown up
Or given up
It really doesn’t matter…
‘Cause you don’t give a fuck
You haven’t lost your convictions
There were never any there
Now you’re part of the problem
And you don’t care

When you were younger
You spoke a little too loud
You talked about things
You knew nothing about
Now it’s all come home
And you’ve lost your spine
There are no facts
When you’re living a lie

You’re forty-five
You’re already dead
You never believed
A word that you said
You reminisce about the good old days
And tell yourself
It was only a phase

By denying the facts
You’re denying the truth
Self respect
A luxury of youth
Believe what you want
And try not to hate
What you don’t understand
And the time that you waste

So close your eyes
And then go to sleep
And try to forget
What you didn’t keep
And tell yourself
That apathy pays
And that the truth
Was only a phase

#lyrics
#GreatMusic -(Spermbirds)

Encouraging Apathy?

Lyrics for Billboard No1 singles have average reading age of 8yrs old. (Well they don’t want to encourage people to think now do they?)
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/lyrics-for-billboard-no-1-singles-have-average-reading-level-of-an-8yearold-10260029.html

Encouraging Apathy?
I often wonder if younger people might be a little bit more engaged with politics if they were exposed to politics a little bit more through the people they look-up to and are obviously influenced by, such as musicians, songwriters, comedians, entertainment in general. I think this because from my early teens onwards, the musicians/music/artists/poets/writers I listened to and read were very political, lyrically etc. There were shows like Spitting Image and comedians/entertainers like Ben Elton, although you could describe those two as somewhat mainstream I’m giving them as an example only.Many of my influences could be described as “anti-establishment” the bands and groups printing their own protest pamphlets detailing the different injustices of the time and what groups/organisations were doing to stand up against the wrongs throughout the world, we may not have had social media but we came together through creativity, art, music, poetry etc, it certainly made me and many others more aware of the world around me, offering different points of view, some I agreed with some I despised, but there was more on offer than a bland manufactured consensus and it was a catalyst that enabled me to question, then look for my own answers and come up with a hopefully informed opinion. Something which I feel seems sadly lacking in those that are influencing younger people these days.

Only A Phase

“I’d rather stay a child and keep my self-respect, if being an adult means turning out like that guy-ugh!”(Jello Biafra)

Only a Phase

Are you growing up
Or giving up
You might be older
But that’s not enough
Does your age regulate
What’s right or wrong
You can’t relate
Maybe all along

Have you grown up
Or given up
It really doesn’t matter…
‘Cause you don’t give a fuck
You haven’t lost your convictions
There were never any there
Now you’re part of the problem
And you don’t care

When you were younger
You spoke a little too loud
You talked about things
You knew nothing about
Now it’s all come home
And you’ve lost your spine
There are no facts
When you’re living a lie

You’re forty-five
You’re already dead
You never believed
A word that you said
You reminisce about the good old days
And tell yourself
It was only a phase

By denying the facts
You’re denying the truth
Self respect
A luxury of youth
Believe what you want
And try not to hate
What you don’t understand
And the time that you waste

So close your eyes
And then go to sleep
And try to forget
What you didn’t keep
And tell yourself
That apathy pays
And that the truth
Was only a phase

#lyrics
#GreatMusic -(Spermbirds)