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Best off cruel intentions
Bounding what they fail to mention
No truth.
All pretention raise your hand to give attention

You'd give it
We'd take it
You'd build it
We'd break it
You silently erase it
You'd feel it
We'd fake it

It's my red star (steal it)
It's my red star (can't let go)
It's my red star (conceal it)
It's my red star
Oh no...

Wasted education
Celebrating imitation
Misplaced admiration
Speaking for a generation.

You'd give it
We'd take it
You'd build it
We'd break it
You silently erase it
You'd feel it
We fake it

It's my red star (steal it)
It's my red star (can't let go)
It's my red star (conceal it)
It's my red star
Oh no...



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    UnregisteredDec 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    The song can interpreted in many ways, and I think they intentionally left it that way.

    For once, it can refer to the (quite childish, but sometimes mentally scarring) "plus point" system many Anglo-Saxon countries (the United States in particular) had installed during the late '80s and early '90s when the "Red Scare" died down, following the decline and collapse of the U.S.S.R. We still have a similar system here in my country, except that these "red stars" are red points given for doing a particular task exceedingly well - the teacher writes it into your books and notebooks with a pen - she can't take it back (well, you have to really misbehave to have it "crossed out", or, you have to barter with the teacher to cross them out in exchange of crossing out the negative black points you got for other tasks).
    It is quite old scientific and psychological discovery that using red to mark mistakes CAN be scarring for some children, and thus, the use of red stars or red points is confusing to their psyche. Meanwhile, giving black points for bad behavior has a certain alluring aspect for kids, proving to be rather counterproductive on the long run.

    The other way to decipher it is by approaching from an ideological standpoint.
    Yes, it IS about communism, but it's rather sincere, considering the topic:
    It's about how those who put their hearts and souls and toiled for the sake of the idea and the revolution, and those who genuinely believed in the utopia it offered, in contrast with the leaders (putting them into the authority position, as opposed to the authority of the backwards-thinking, life-faking educational system in the previous analogy). The controversy of the red star - whether it represented the labor movements and the righteousness of the revolution, or the subsequent violent and paranoid oppression, is still a hard question today, especially in those countries where the symbol has been banned.
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    UnregisteredDec 19, 2011 at 6:37 am
    It's about school. Back then they used to give out red stars for those who were good, and got it taken away when you were bad.
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    UnregisteredNov 8, 2011 at 4:15 am
    Why would this song be about communism (that's the correct spelling by the way) if they don't know anything about it, except what they've learned in school. I think they're talking about the education system here in america. They take out the facts they don't want others to remember to have a seemingly perfect past (or somewhat, considering the civil war). No truth in that. And i think 'misplaced admiration' refers to our admiration of thugs and robbers such as jesse james in our school systems. So, i think this song is referring to our messed up school system.
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    JEnnaBearFeb 28, 2011 at 4:27 am
    these arent "slightly wrong" they are all pretty much way wrong. I have the album and the lyrics are in the booklet, why do you decline requests to correct them?

    CORRECT:

    Best OF cruel intentions
    FINDING what they fail to mention.
    No truth, all pretension
    Raise your hand to GET attention.

    You give and WE take it,
    You build it, We break it
    YOU SIGN AND WE ERASE IT
    You feel it, we fake it

    Its my red star, I steal it
    Its my red star, i cant let go
    Its my red star, conceal it
    Its my red star...ALL I KNOW

    Wasted education
    Celebrating imitation
    Misplaced admiration
    Speaking for a generation

    You give and WE TAKE IT
    You build it, WE BREAK IT
    YOU SIGN AND WE ERASE IT
    You feel it, WE FAKE IT

    these arent "slightly wrong" they are all pretty much way wrong. I have the album and the lyrics are in the booklet, why do you decline requests to correct them?

    CORRECT:

    Best OF cruel intentions
    FINDING what they fail to mention.
    No truth, all pretension
    Raise your hand to GET attention.

    You give and WE take it,
    You build it, We break it
    YOU SIGN AND WE ERASE IT
    You feel it, we fake it

    Its my red star, I steal it
    Its my red star, i cant let go
    Its my red star, conceal it
    Its my red star...ALL I KNOW
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    deadsy20Mar 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    As an example of what i wrote, this is what i mean:

    I made my name after the band Deadsy... because i admire their music and what i feel or believe it means... what if they jsut came out saying they have no meanings and it was all random shit.. which some of it is..

    elijah from deadsy would be a red star and also son of cher hah :) who had a easy entry into the music business. I still love deadsy :P haha

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