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Save me,
I can't be saved,
I won't.
I'm a president's son,
I don't need no soul.

All the soldiers say
"It'll be alright,
We may make it through the war
If we make it through the night."
All the people, they say:
"What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war.
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more."
All the people, they say.

Share with me
All of your pain,
I won't share your love,
I need all your love.

All the soldiers say
"It'll be alright,
We may make it through the war
If we make it through the night."
All the people, they say:
"What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war.
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more."
All the people, they say.

Save me,
I can't be saved,
I won't.
I don't need no love.
I'm a president's son.

All the soldiers say
"It'll be alright,
We may make it through the war
If we make it through the night."
All the people, they say:
"What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war.
May have lost a million men, but we've got a million more."
All the people, they say.

It'll be alright,
It'll be alright,
It'll be right now.



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    UnregisteredOct 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm
    "It'll be alright,
    We may make it through the war
    If we make it through the night."

    I view this through a lens of depression: sometimes its a struggle just to make it through the night, just to make it through the hour... but I know if I can make it through those lowest periods, I have the confidence that I can keep going. ... you can extend that to view the same perspetive the lyric lends to the human condition: if we can just make it through today, tomrrow and next week, maybe we will persevere , maybe we will make it through, maybe we are doing something right.
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    UnregisteredDec 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    The populace is blind and considers the soldiers, who are people like them, and should be valued like them, to be an expendable resource. The line "we may make it through the war if we make it through the night" is to be juxtaposed with "... But we've got a million more", giving more concern and identity to the soldiers as opposed to the people who see them as nothing but a resource
  • u
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    UnregisteredNov 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    It means the writers had a good riff and needed to get some words to it but really didn't have much to say.
  • u
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    UnregisteredSep 9, 2011 at 4:44 am
    It means that the writers are ignorant of worldly events-- the causes of war, the toll of war, the resolution of wars, etc. Ignorant of their audience while claiming "all the people say" whatever drivel the WRITERS put into their mouths.

    This is a classic case of navel-scratching from the comfort of their bed in between bong-hits and know-it-all pontification that misses the mark so badly as to be informative for the rest of humanity.

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