Manic Street Preachers — If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Album: This is My Truth Tell Me Yours
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Released: 1998
Length: 4:39
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The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
So if I can shoot rabbits
Then I can shoot fascists

Bullets for your brain today
But we'll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next

Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young and being so vain

Holes in your head today
But I'm a pacifist
I've walked Las Ramblas
But not with real intent

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next, will be next

And on the street tonight an old man plays
With newspaper cuttings of his glory days

And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this then your children will be next
Will be next, will be next, will be next
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 I thought the same thing!

Great Song! I thought it was U2 for just a second...!
A very apt song for the times we're living in right now. 
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.... first time listening to this song, which I have heard hundreds of times, on my HT OMEGA Eclaro2+Bose Noise Cancelling headsets....7->9
An appropriate song for this weekends' events.
fine and finer
 justin4kick wrote:
If you want some background information about the song lyrics, here's an explanation I find very interesting:

General Comment (from http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/62574/)

Before WWII communism was very popular with the left leaning intellectual elite. They saw fascism as a huge threat and thought that by joining the communists in the Spain civil war they could prevent fascism from spreading, help the world, build a utopia, etc. 

Needless to say, they were fairly naive. Many went to fight the fascists without any concept of how horrible it would be. So you had these left leaning university grad intellectuals (like Austin) who had only fired rifles when hunting, enlisting to be fighters and ambulance drivers in Spain. Hence the 
"if I can shoot rabbits 
then I can shoot fascists".

Only once they got there did they start to realize that the communists were just as much puppets controlled by Russia as the fascists were controlled by Germany & Italy (in fact maybe even more so). 

They were young and vain and thought they could win. The fascists were much better equipped and organized and probably had more local support. Many returned to England and America broken men. 
Hence the line 
"Gravity keeps my head down 
Or is it maybe shame 
At being so young and being so vain".
Notice how they had to keep their heads down to avoid being shot.

Many had been pacifists in college, they were idealistic and unprepared. The war wasn't real to them, until they arrived and saw their friends killed. 
Hence,
"Holes in your head today 
But I'm a pacifist 
I've walked La Ramblas 
But not with real intent"

The war became a prelude to World War II, in which oddly enough, the victorious Spanish fascists remained neutral.
“Bullets for your brain today 
But we'll forget it all again”

gongozolo on November 27, 2004
 


 
Plus ça change...


If you want some background information about the song lyrics, here's an explanation I find very interesting:

General Comment (from http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/62574/)

Before WWII communism was very popular with the left leaning intellectual elite. They saw fascism as a huge threat and thought that by joining the communists in the Spain civil war they could prevent fascism from spreading, help the world, build a utopia, etc. 

Needless to say, they were fairly naive. Many went to fight the fascists without any concept of how horrible it would be. So you had these left leaning university grad intellectuals (like Austin) who had only fired rifles when hunting, enlisting to be fighters and ambulance drivers in Spain. Hence the 
"if I can shoot rabbits 
then I can shoot fascists".

Only once they got there did they start to realize that the communists were just as much puppets controlled by Russia as the fascists were controlled by Germany & Italy (in fact maybe even more so). 

They were young and vain and thought they could win. The fascists were much better equipped and organized and probably had more local support. Many returned to England and America broken men. 
Hence the line 
"Gravity keeps my head down 
Or is it maybe shame 
At being so young and being so vain".
Notice how they had to keep their heads down to avoid being shot.

Many had been pacifists in college, they were idealistic and unprepared. The war wasn't real to them, until they arrived and saw their friends killed. 
Hence,
"Holes in your head today 
But I'm a pacifist 
I've walked La Ramblas 
But not with real intent"

The war became a prelude to World War II, in which oddly enough, the victorious Spanish fascists remained neutral.
“Bullets for your brain today 
But we'll forget it all again”

gongozolo on November 27, 2004
 

 papersitter wrote:

Is this the theme for the Trump campaign?



 
{#Laughing} - Given the political orientation of the Manics, I _really_ can't see the Trump campaign using this - would be hilarious if they did!


Amazing song with an amazing message. Thanks RP!
 papersitter wrote:

Is this the theme for the Trump campaign?



  thought the same thing...


Is this the theme for the Trump campaign?


Love the message, hate the song. So ultimately it doesn't matter what the message is.  
 rdo wrote:
Wow, these lyrics are abysmal.

 
I think that's the intention. The band are Welsh and the song references the Welsh volunteers who fought against the Fascists during the Spanish Civil war. And as others have written, it is quite relevant today.
 rdo wrote:
Wow, these lyrics are abysmal.

 
Er, well they're pretty relevant these days, when racist reaction and neo-fascism (such as Hungary's Jobbik party, or Italy's Lega Nord, or France's Front National) are increasingly widespread in Europe, and of course youse in the US have your own home-grown (and well-armed) nazis, one of whom recently committed the Charleston atrocity. The message is very clear, and very true: tolerate fascism now, and your children will suffer the dire consequences. That was the lesson of the 30s, and is equally applicable in these dark days. (And yes, I do know very well what fascism is and where it comes from. )

Kudos to the boys from the Welsh valleys: they're always stayed radical, and have always remembered their roots, even after becoming international superstars.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
The younger generation in the UK don't protest anymore.  They don't even recycle.

 

So true...so unfortunately true....just the same in Germany. I only experience the younger generation mainly as self centered..... 
The younger generation in the UK don't protest anymore.  They don't even recycle.
 oldfart48 wrote:
facist scum run, own and have destroyed this country, open season.......{#Yes}
these lyrics are truth

 
Shut up, we have heard enough of crazy for one day...
facist scum run, own and have destroyed this country, open season.......{#Yes}
these lyrics are truth
 rdo wrote:
Wow, these lyrics are abysmal.

 
I think these lyrics are excellent