Youthanasia

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you’ve got to be taught to hate and fear

day after day, year after year

it’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear

you’ve got to be carefully taught

 

Rodgers and Hammerstein

 

here, take a brick

we’ll give you a lead role

i used to do it at your age

my choice was a rag and some petrol

it’s your heritage you’re fighting for

tradition strengthens those arms

building the institution of fear

burning buses and fire alarms

at church and dinner table

you will be carefully taught

to hate all the things your relatives hate

before you reach six or seven or eight

heroes are out in the thick of the night

take this bottle and be one

aim, release, and sit tight

someday we’ll give you a gun

then call you Simply the Best

playing that old Tina Turner

and when you’re under arrest

we’ll pop  in to look after your mother

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