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The One Who Got Us Out

This song is by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and appears on the album Shake the Sheets (2004).

I know I like doing a lot of talking
Time goes on, I'm talking still
While soldier girls are dodging grenades and rockets
Moms and dads are paying the bill

And they say it's the only way
Oh, it's the only way
And they play like it's a game
Oh, it's like it's a game

Sometimes there's something about my being
On the sidelines doesn't jibe
And I know why the millions of working people
They would fight if they had time

But they say it's the only way
Oh, it's the only way
And they play like it's a game
Oh, it's like it's a game

And what can you say to take the weight away?
I look into the endless bottom and all I want is what should be
And I'm damned ashamed to feel this rotten
Can we reclaim what's been forgotten?

The state of the state don't let me feel so safe
I want to take it to the tired and affronted and all they want is one who'll lead
And I'll put it to you plain and bluntly
I'm worried for my tired country

That look on your face, don't let it go to waste
Take it to the floor of Congress
Look into the core of rotten
Turn into the one who got us out

Written by:

Ted Leo