Lyrics Matter: The Most Beautiful Songs Of The Living End

Australian punk rock band, The Living End, came into existence in 1994. Their claim to fame began after 1997 once they released their Double A-Sided single. On the whole, the band has released eight albums, where two of them reached the number one position on the ARIA Albums Chart. You must probably think that being a punk rock band, The Living End doesn’t really care much for the lyrics. But that’s where you are wrong. Let’s take a look at their most popular songs and its wondrous lyrics.

Prisoner of Society

After the success of their third extended play in September 1997, they released Prisoner of Society on 18th September 1998. This song made them the centre of attraction and provided the much-needed breakthrough. The track became so popular that it was used on a motocross game called Supercross 2000. Their lyrics became so popular because they spoke about all the things that we all felt. The situations and the emotions that waged wars in us.

The lyrics of the song goes something like this;

“Well we don’t need no one to tell us what to do
Oh yes we’re on our own and there’s nothing you can do
So we don’t need no one like you, to tell us what to do
We don’t refer to the past when showing what we’ve done
Our generation gap means the war is never won
The past is in your head, the futures in our hands
‘Cause I’m a brat
And I know everything
And I talk back
‘Cause I’m not listening
To anything you say
And if you count to 3
You’ll see it’s no emergency
You’ll see I’m not the enemy
Just a Prisoner of Society”

Tabloid Magazine

This song is from their third album, Modern Artillery and was released on 28th October 2003 and there was something different because Travis Demsey had left, and Andy Strachan had joined them as their drummer. This song was their second single and it spend almost four weeks in the Australian ARIA singles chart. Each line written is true. It’s about something so mundane and normal that we don’t give it a though, but it makes you think. It makes you think about the journalists, editors, everyone involved in a tabloid magazine. The lyrics of the song goes;

Temperamental editors
Searching for the passion
Overpaid and over-rated
Looking for a cash in

Yeah, it’s too late
If you want to read a little
Useless information
If you’ve had enough
With all the troubles with our nation
Yeah, well don’t wait
And you read about ’em

You just can’t sleep without
The pages of the magazine
Don’t believe in all you read
You can’t trust the tabloid magazine
And I’m about to break down

It’s just a tabloid magazine
And I don’t want to break down
I don’t want to break down
Picture hungry journalists
Looking for some action
Running all the stories
Like it’s going out of fashion
Yeah, it’s too late….

Death Of The American Dream

Death Of The American Dream is a song from their latest album, Wunderbar, which released in the year 2018. It is a song has an old school aura about it and people absolutely adore it. The lyrics of the song goes;

The star spangled banner has been torn to shreds
They put a warrant out for Mickey Mouse’s head
Welcome to the factory where nightmares are made
Elvis left the building, Lincoln’s turning in his grave
Can I get a price check on guns in aisle 4?
The madman in the playground wants to start another war!

D.E.A.T.H. of the American Dream
D.E.A.T.H. of the American Dream
D.E.A.T.H. of the American Dream
D.E.A.T.H., know what I mean?

Turn on the TV and the circus is in town
Old Uncle Sam is gonna sacrifice a clown
The Cadillac ran out of gas on highway 55
The Statue of Liberty won’t make it out alive…..

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