i'll never be a patriot


Written: 2000
Released: 2001 on 'The Ballad Of Ruben Garcia'



Every country in the world
Teaches every boy and girl
That their country is the best
So different to all the rest
But who can't see the irony
Of teaching them this fallacy
When the only seeds it plants inside
Are the binding weeds of national pride


So whether you love your land or not
I don't care I'm not a patriot
We all live on bits of rock
I'll never be a patriot
Line me up and have me shot
I'll never be a patriot

See the politicians smile
They've taught you well along the while
They fill your heads with all that crap
About your place upon the map
So when the soldiers pack their bags
You sing your songs and wave your flags
Like clockwork toys in a trance
They wind you up and watch you dance


So whether you love your land or not
I don't care I'm not a patriot
We all live on bits of rock
I'll never be a patriot
Line me up and have me shot
I'll never be a patriot

So pick your name from off the list
Are they a separatist
A hero or a terrorist
Or just a young idealist
And think about the bombs they plot
The bodies that they leave to rot
And remember each no matter what
Will tell you I'm a patriot


So whether you love your land or not
I don't care I'm not a patriot
We all live on bits of rock
I'll never be a patriot
Line me up and have me shot
I'll never be a patriot

And if one day it falls to me
To die for man's stupidity
I'll fight against a cause I hate
The cause maybe but not the state
For men are men we're all the same
No matter what our country's name
It's only leaders fuck you up
Trying to keep themselves on top


So whether you love your land or not
I don't care I'm not a patriot
We all live on bits of rock
I'll never be a patriot
Line me up and have me shot
I'll never be a patriot

So whether you love your land or not
I don't care I'm not a patriot
We all live on bits of rock
I'll never be a patriot
Line me up and have me shot
I'll never be a patriot
Whether I love this land or not
I'll never be a patriot
I'll never be a patriot

© Philip Jeays 2001
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