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Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

World pollution, there's no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

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    UnregisteredApr 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm
    Having been there during this time in college, I cannot say at all what Lee meant to say in this favorite song of mine. If you take the lyrics at face value from a liberal perspective, half of it makes sense, the other half does not. So, did he mean for it to taken literally, or with a spoonful of sarcasm? And which part is the sarcastic part, and which part is he serious about? The song is contradictory if seen through the Eyes of a liberal. Liberals and socialists today want gay marriage and pedophilia normalized, yet Lee seems to make fun of that, as well as long hairs, which he was. So is he serious?
    He then attacks big government and overpopulation. Being he was rich, did he want more taxes for himself, or less?
    I am going to take this at face value, as that is the exact position I have taken IRL. He doesn't support sexual perversion, he doesn't think taxing the rich is a good idea or is socialism, and We need to stop wars and pollution, but only with sensible solutions.
    The hippies have grown up now, and have taken this country down the drain with their socialist propaganda, and their ignorance of economic solutions.
    So half the stuff hippies support was good, and half is bad. Unfortunately, only the bad has survived in our political world today, while virtually none of the good has been addressed - like overpopulation, sensible environmental concerns (not the baloney global warming hoax stuff), warmongering etc.
    Oct 13 above said it well : America is nearing its last rites, as the dumbing down of America is in full swing, as the patients are running the asylum.
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    UnregisteredJan 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    I always thought he was mocking everyone who didn't at least try to tackle some of the issues back then. When they go into the. I'd love to change the world. Chorus in an almost burnt out falsetto, he is openly mocking all the sheep who just sit and watch. Then in his real, badass voice he riffs off more problems in staccato. Only to fall on the same helpless result. One of my favorite songs ever, and I'm 52 haunting, and great guitar work!
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    UnregisteredNov 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    I think the chorus and probably verses as well are tinged with a bit of sarcasm and frustration. It is certainly frustrating to me to know that this song was written when i was an infant and is still relavent now that i am a middle aged man. Certainly as long as we live in a world where greed is king and human beings are seen as commodities, things will not change. The meek may inherit the earth but they won't take it by force, and their inheritance will have been spent and worthless when the get it. I'll leave it up to you is exemplary of the defeatist attitude that most of the beaten down masses seem to have. Not to get political but obama said yes we can not yes i can. I think it was eisenhower that said, when pressed for reform, you have to make me do it!

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