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If vain was a color to paint in you,
Your heart would be the color blue.
Be a gradient from there, until your body met your hair
Which remained a silver.

You are the one they call Jesus Christ.
Who didn't know no rock and roll.
Just a mission made of guns that they give boys in Vietnam.
In a heart that always told you

There's a madness in us all.
There's a madness in us all.

So
Who wrote the rules?
Who wrote the rules?
Who wrote the rules?

They said
Every one of you will never try to lend a hand
When the police men don't understand.

Boys, all you boys
Think you're so American.
Girls, all you girls
Yeah you're so American.

He may not be born of this land
But he was born of this world.
He was born of all the mothers
And the colors of our brothers
And the love that was started.

You are the one they call Jesus Christ.
Who may not know no rock and roll,
There may not be a heaven,
Or a place in which to send ya,
But you know in the end

There's a madness in us all. (x4)

So
Who wrote the rules?
Who wrote the rules?
Who wrote the rules?

They say
Every one of you will never try to lend a hand
When the police men don't understand.

Boys, all you boys
Think it's so American.
Girls, all you girls
Yeah you're so American.

There's two eyes for every one of us
But somebody got there first and took them all. (x2)

Man, oh man
You think it's so American
Man, oh man.
Yeah you're so American (x2)

There's two eyes for every one of us
But somebody got there first and took them all. (x2)



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    UnregisteredJan 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm
    Possibly this is a comment on of course how americans view themselves as the most/ best moral people, when they are corrupt. I also think (much like sleep forever) it is a commentary on how everyone uses religion as a excuse to war and kill. I love this song.
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    UnregisteredJun 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm
    I think this speaks about how wrong our soceity is. And these wrong things are considered positive american traits, or explained away by saying were all z yittle crazy. We should look at the world as our border and not the lines of our country, or the word 'america' theyre just lines and words afterall, were all people of this earth, all mothers, brothers, and children of the same world. Hiding behind and fighting in front of religion. It takes a lot to be able to both see and understand this, since weve been blinded by the media, religion, government, and our basic american upbringing.
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    UnregisteredJun 6, 2012 at 4:49 am
    How can you guys hate on this band so much? The lyrics are poetry, and the actual music is extremely catchy and just plain amazing.
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    UnregisteredMay 23, 2012 at 9:03 am
    I couldn't care less that jesus loves me. Every one has their values and nobody should say that everyone should follow the golden rule which in this case is a christian rule. Furthermore saying someone should live by following the golden rule is a paradox in itself as you would not appreciate having someones else's ethical values pushed onto you. Those kinds of rules invented by religion were meant to manipulate mass population and were specially designed for people who don't have enough self reflection, the people who were unable to set themselves any kinds of limits without some holy book telling them how to respect boundaries
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    UnregisteredMay 7, 2012 at 4:12 am
    Good people want to do the right thing, but we are still depressed 'cause cruddy stuff happens, feeling madness (or incredulous) is because bad stuff still happens. Bad people break the rules because they are bad and it suits them. We break the rules, because they are already broken and we are trying to fix it.

    Use you eyes to figure it out and point out what should be done.

    In america, many people feel that bad things will never happen to them. Most are probably right, nothing bad will ever happen to them.

    Americans and people of all nationalities should all treat people with respect to the golden rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. Not everyone is a christian, but that doesn't mean they are a bad person. Jesus loved them all.

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