Behind The Lyrics: Shackles Of Indoctrination
Thanks for checking out the first Behind The Lyrics article for our new album, Perpetuation.
This one is about the first single, “Shackles Of Indoctrination”.
Perpetuation comes out on April 20th, but you can pre-order it now on Bandcamp.
Caught in between an overwhelming sense of duty
And the instinct to survive
Forced into an twisted chain of daily tortures
A perilous compromise
Coiled into machine-like tension
Told to ignore grueling symptoms
Birthed to slave
To toil in redundancy
Taught to behave
To appreciate hypocrisy
Welcoming the sweet release of stupefied intoxication
Finally numbing the aches of daily blood work
Kneeling down before the kings of stable economics
Kissing the ring on the hand of the chief executive god
Your desire for free will is unproductive
Your frustration with your life is irrelevant
Work yourself down to the bone to produce nothing
Give yourself unto the system till you die
Unless you take it back…
Why do we bear subjugation
And never dare to react?
Allow our lives to be purchased
With riches made off our backs
“Work hard, and save our nation”
Lies told keep us controlled
Meanwhile we grow our knowledge
The truest power we hold
This song is about the frustration and despair many people around the world feel about the realities of their daily lives, mostly having to do with labor and the things we must do to make a living.
It’s also about power, and how we give it up because we’re too afraid to challenge the way things are.
Even though we’ve made incredible leaps in knowledge and technology, a vast majority of people are still forced to work grueling and degrading jobs just to survive. On the one hand we’re building Mars probes and unmanned military drones, and on the other most of us grind away endlessly in order to earn a living. There is a huge technological and resource access gap here that speaks to the true imbalance of power in our system.
Meanwhile, propaganda is wielded against us to make us believe this is all for the best. Every time a group speaks out against injustice, we’re led to believe the are radicals and extremists.
Although I point fingers in a lot of my lyrics, this time around I wanted to direct the focus back at all of us, the people who are directly affected and should be angry about the way things are.
Why do we choose to be subservient? Well, we’re largely raised by the system to continue living in the conditions we were born in. For many of us, daily life drains us of all energy required to think beyond our circumstances. Pressures from all sides try to tell us what to do and what to think, and although we know it’s bullshit, we’re tired, so we listen.
But I see a glimmer of hope. A bigger and bigger portion of the world population is gaining access to the Internet, and therefore to free and virtually unlimited information.
In the past, monarchs could only keep control over their peasants because they kept them ignorant and afraid. I don’t think we’re all that afraid anymore, and I think a lot of us are starting to shed our ignorance as well. We’re coming together and figuring things out. And the more we learn, the more pissed off we’re becoming.
So I guess my point with this song is to say: if you’re not happy with your life, change it. The people at the top want you exactly where you are, so don’t wait around for them to make things better for you. Use the power (knowledge) that you have. If you feel like you have none, start by seeking it out. If you’re reading this on the Internet, you have the gift of information at your fingertips.
Use it to create power for yourself, and make your life better.
On that note, I’ll leave you with a video I watched recently and found uplifting.
These guys may be on to something, so if this speaks to you, check out http://www.freedominfonetwork.org/
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