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Once We Were Anarchists

This song is by Frank Turner and appears on the album Sleep Is for the Week (2007).

Demonstrations got boring
Well it was obvious
That the government was ignoring us
It's hard to drag yourself
Through empty streets
On an empty stomach and no sleep
The shortcomings got clearer
As the price we paid
Got dearer and dearer
It's supposed to be a case
Of give and take
Well I was feeling the give and making a mistake
And I've heard it said
That the unexamined life
Isn't much worth living
And I'm sure they're right
But it's hard to keep on fighting the good fight
When no one else seems bothered, yeah
When no one's on your side
Because I'm young enough
To be all pissed off
But I'm old enough
To be jaded
I'm of the age
Where I want things to change
But with age
My hopes have faded
I'm young and bored
Of being young and bored
If I was old I could say
I'd seen it all before
In short, I'm tired
Giving a shit
I've got friends who are bankers
And it's an easy rhyme to call them wankers
But I must say I envy the way that they live
In a style that's all take and no give
While I'm playing the Lone Ranger
Riding to the rescue of six billion strangers
Armed with only unoriginal songs
And a sense that something's wrong
And I must admit
That I'm tired of saying "no"
All the time
But I must admit
That I don't really know
What would be right
And if politics
Is helping all the people
Then my political career is pretty fucked
Because the truth is
I don't like people all that much
The times they aren't a-changing
Yeah, England's still shit
And it's still raining
And everybody's jaded and tired and bored
And no one lifts a finger because
It's just not in our culture
Our culture is carrion
And we're all vultures
And no one seems bothered by this state of play
It seems that the stench is with us to stay
So I had a go
I tried examining life
It wasn't much worth living
I guess they're right
And I'm tired of fighting a fight
That's not my fight
But so is everybody else
We're all on the same side
Because I'm young enough
To be all pissed off
But I'm old enough
To be jaded
I'm of the age
Where I want things to change
But with age
My hopes have faded
I'm young and bored
Of being young and bored
If I was old I could say
I'd seen it all before
In short, I'm tired
And in short I'm probably fired
If the revolution doesn't want me
I don't give a shit