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Somewhere in your wardrobe, I'd be willing to bet
There's a t-shirt probably bearing the silhouette of Che Guevara

He was revolutionary, yeah, he wore a cool hat
But behind the design I think you might find it's not quite as simple as that

Che was a bit of a homophobe, Che was a bit of a homophobe, apparently
Che was a bit of a homophobe, Che was a bit of a homophobe


[Chorus]
This is my song in defence of the fence
A little sing along, a anthem to ambivalence
The more you know, the harder you will find it
To make up your mind, it, doesn't really matter if you find
You can't see which grass is greener
Chances are it's neither, and either way it's easier
To see the difference, when you're sitting on the fence


Somewhere in your house, I'd be willing to bet
There's a picture of that grinning hippy from Tibet - the Dalai Llama

He's a lovely, funny fella, he gives soundbites galore
But let's not forget that back in Tibet, those funky monks used to dick the poor, yeah

And the Buddhist line about future lives is the perfect way to stop the powerless rising up
And he tells the poor they will live again, but he's rich now so it's easy for him to say

[Chrous]
I'm taking the stand in defence of the fence
I got a little band playing anthems to ambivalence
We divide the world into terrorists and heroes
Into normal folk and weirdos
Into good people and pedos
Into things that give you cancer and the things that cure cancer
And the things that don't cause cancer, but there's a chance they will cause cancer in the future
We divide the world to stop us feeling frightened
Into wrong and into right and
Into black and into white and
Into real men and fairies
Into status quo and scary
Yeah we want the world binary, binary
But it's not that simple.

And your dog has a bigger carbon footprint than a four wheel drive
Yea your dog has a bigger carbon footprint than a four wheel drive
And your dog has a bigger carbon footprint than a four wheel drive
And so does your baby, maybe you oughta trade HIM in for a Prius

ROCK!

[Chorus]
I'm taking the stand in defence of the fence
I got a little band playing tributes to ambivalence
We divide the world into liberals and gun-freaks
Into atheists and fundies
Into tee-tot'lers and junkies
Into chemical and natural
Into fictional and factual
Into science and supernatural
But it's actually naturally not that white and black

You'll be
Dividing us into terrorists and heroes
Into normal folk and weirdos
Into good people and pedos
Into things that give you cancer and the things that cure cancer
And things that don't cause cancer, but there's a chance they will cause cancer in the future
We divide the world to stop us feeling frightened
Into wrong and into right and
Into black and into white and
Into real men and fairies
Into parrots and canaries
Yeah we want the world binary, binary - 0100100!

The more you know, the harder you will find it
To make up your mind, it doesn't really matter if you find
You can't see which grass is greener
Chances are it's neither, and either way it's easier
To see the difference when you're sitting on the fence
Cause it's not that simple... Maybe...



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    UnregisteredApr 3, 2012 at 6:05 am
    "if you read the tabloid press or any of the letters in any opinion pages or the comments, god forbid, on any website, it'd be easy to become convinced that the human race is on a mission to divide things into two clean columns. This sort of pervasive black-and-white-ism. Everything has to be good or evil. Or healthy or deadly. Or natural or chemical. Our troops in iraq are good and pedophiles are evil, ignoring the fact that some troops like kiddies and some pedos have guns. If you eat these berries or drink this juice, you will be miraculously healthful and you will live forever, but if you take this toxin or have this vaccine, you will get cancer and die or you will get autism and you won't like hugs. And everything organic and natural is good, ignoring the fact that organic, natural substances include arsenic and poo and crocodiles. And everything chemical is bad, ignoring the fact that everything is chemicals... Everything is chemicals. The day they discover yoga mats are carcinogenic will be the happiest day of my life. "
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    UnregisteredJan 6, 2012 at 3:45 am
    This is an excellent song against snap judgements, and about the need to realize that issues are complex and often there's no easy right or wrong answer.
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    UnregisteredDec 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm
    This song describes me like nothing else!!! You guys don't know how long i've been trying to explain this general feeling about the world. Thank you tim!
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    UnregisteredFeb 7, 2012 at 2:09 am
    To me it means that it's a much better position in life to not make your mind up about stuff that is subjective (it keeps you from being able to see other view points). It's much better for truth to maintain neutral territory whenever possible.
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    UnregisteredJan 29, 2012 at 4:55 am
    Tim's saying how sometimes everything's not black or white; it's grey. It's kind of like when good guys have bad characteristics and bad guys have redeeming qualities

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