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I was a teenage anarchist, looking for a revolution.
I had the style, I had the ambition.
I read all the authors, I knew the right slogans.
There was no war but the class war.
I was ready to set the world on fire.
I was a teenage anarchist, looking for a revolution.

Do you remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?

I was a teenage anarchist, but the politics were too convenient.
In the depths of their humanity all I saw was bloodless ideology.
And with freedom as the doctrine, guess who was the new authority?
I was a teenage anarchist, but the politics were too convenient.

Do you remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?

I was a teenage anarchist, but then the scene got too rigid.
It was a mob mentality, they set their rifle sights on me.
Narrow visions of autonomy, you want me to surrender my identity.
I was a teenage anarchist, the revolution was a lie.

Do you remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?

I was a teenage anarchist.



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    UnregisteredApr 15, 2012 at 2:33 am
    Tom gabel is sad about the fact that he didn't think for himself as a young adult, and that it led to his current life situation in which he has to publicly, through song, state his identity because celebrity has stripped him of it.
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    UnregisteredMar 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    Its a great song by a great band! I have been huge in the punk scene since 1985. This band was one of the first breaths of fresh air in years. I like everything they have ever put out. Why don't you stop trying to break down the song and shut up and listen. You might just understand what the hell he is trying to say!
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    UnregisteredJul 17, 2012 at 11:25 am
    Anarchism is so broad, i consider myself an anarchist thinker yet im not really involved in any forms of activism nor do i live autonomously. Im sure the singer still believes in the books he used to read, im sure from a thinking perspective he probably still is an anarchist, the problems arise from some of the anarchist scenes that are hypocritical in their nature and turn people into something that their not, the real challenge is having beliefs that go against the system but finding the balance inside your self to live a happy life.
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    UnregisteredMay 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm
    Even though i have many idealistic views about how great anarchism could be, i really identify with this song. I often feel as though the system's on autopilot, and that we'll never really be able to change it. Too few in america really care for or know the deep flaws and injustices in the system even as they experience the injustice themselves.

    The minority of people who are willing to do something drastic to change the system would be branded terrorists and their dissent would be crushed, i feel as though there is no way to make enough of the populous aware of the widespread injustice for our numbers to ever be a true threat to the status quo, and so i refuse to call myself an anarchist outright. I wish the world could be that way, but i have no hope and no reality-based reason to believe that it really could be that way in my lifetime, or possibly ever.

    -captainegypt.
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    UnregisteredMar 28, 2012 at 2:54 am
    This song is autobiographical. It describes the singers experiences in the early 00s and his association with plan it x records, which is a riot-folk label. It is directly describing his alienation with the entire scene, which can be very polarizing and overly preachy. I still like some of those bands, but with a grain of salt.

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