Welcome to the world, baby boy, I’ll paint you red and white and blue
The indoctrination starts as soon as you come out the womb
Pretty quick we’ll make you stupid with curriculums at school
And if the classroom doesn’t do the trick, we’ll make you watch the news
Pick your team, right or left, pick the red pill or the blue
You can vote, but even if you win, still everyone will lose
Don’t forget to buy designer because Gucci makes you cool
We prioritize material belongings over truth
Get a job that you can’t stand so you can buy some cans of food
Go overseas and die for freedom, there’s some oil we could use
Our democracy exists so that you think that you could choose
But our algorithms make you do what we want you to do
What’s the problem, you’re depressed? Society has you confused?
We got medication for you that you’ll probably abuse.
Tom MacDonald has the most world-relevant lyrics of any artist I’ve heard. I love how he targets aspects of post modernity — the capture of humanity by consumerism, big pharama, identity politics — without falling neatly into any political tribalism. He’s not a republican, a democratic, a socialist, a libertarian — he’s just Tom, a guy singing truth to a compelling beat.
One of the actually positive aspects of the so-called ‘Culture Wars’ is that some people are starting to question the fundamental assumptions that underpin ‘the System’ we live in/under and are actively looking for better alternatives. With a bit of luck and a pinch of hope we might just find a better way – once we get through all the crap it’ll inevitably kick up.
Ehh. most people are consumer-creatures regardless of political affiliation. I don’t know that that will ever change!.
It gives me chills bc he speaks the truth.
OK, you may like this from 2013, if you’ve not seen it, by the same title: