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Raise your hands to testify
Your confession will be crucified
You're a sacrificial suicide
Like a dog that's been sodomized
Stand up! - all the white boys
Sit down! - all the black girls
You're the soldiers of the new world

Put your faith in a miracle
And it's non-denominational
Join the choir we will be singing
In the church of wistful thinking

A fire burns today
Of blasphemy and genocide
The sirens of decay
Will infiltrate the faith fanatics

Oh bless me Lord for I have sinned
It's been a lifetime since I last confessed
I threw my crutches in "the river
Of a shadow of doubt"
And I'll be dressed in my sunday best

Say a prayer for the family
Drop a coin for humanity
Ain't this uniform so flattering?
I never asked you a goddamned thing

A fire burns today
Of blasphemy and genocide
The sirens of decay
Will infiltrate the faith fanatics

Don't test me
Second guess me
Protest me
You will disappear

I want to know who's allowed to breed
All the dogs who never learned to read
Missionary politicians
And the cops of a new religion

A fire burns today
Of blasphemy and genocide
The sirens of decay
Will infiltrate the inside



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    21khristineOct 13, 2009 at 2:57 am
    i love this song because it's the whole truth people say green day changed but i say their music just went to another level of punk rock that no one can dare to touch... their music now is more empowering than ever and i hope they come back with another abulm soon.
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    sinnebladeNov 29, 2009 at 5:14 am
    pretty much goin with your meaing HazelDountLovesBullet. Especially "I wanna know who's allowed to breed" Hints that it is an accurate meaning. It seems to touch on issues of what is seen acceptable by the church in regard to sex/relationships, which is still a hotly debated issue in the christian world. Then again it also hints at newfound beliefs and opinions in favor of liberalism such as the lyric "in the church of wistful thinking". But yours is more solid and backed up. Glad to see someone is telling what they think the meaning is as prompted by the site, instead of leaving a generic "I love this song comment" (no offense to everyone else, but their kind of everywhere, and go nowhere) Still undecided thought, because some songs could easily have multiple meanings.
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    HazelDountLovesBulletJun 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    This song is the seventh installment of the 21st Century Breakdown story. Its written from Christian's point of view.
    After his epiphany in Last Night on Earth, he has renewed faith in himself and pushes foreward with his attempts to reform. He's turning religion into satire, making fun of the church and the bible.
    *Don't test meSecond guess meProtest meYou will disappear*
    This makes it sound like he has turned to ultimate violence, and murder. Anyone who dares to question him faces his wrath, and possibly their death. He doesn't see it as a crime, he sees it as a necessity.
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    FatalAttraction94Mar 16, 2010 at 1:11 am
    Love this song! :) It’s one of their best off 21st Century Breakdown, and a lot of fun on the guitar

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