Re-Education (Through Labor) Lyrics

To the sound of a heartbeat pounding away
To the rhythm of the awful rusted machines
We toss and turn but don't sleep
Each breath we take makes us thieves
Like causes without rebels
Just talk but promise nothing else

We crawl on our knees for you
Under a sky no longer blue
We sweat all day long for you
But we sow seeds to see us through
'Cause sometimes dreams just don't come true
We wait to reap what we are due

To the rhythm of a time bomb ticking away
And the blare of the sirens combing the streets
Chased down like dogs we run from
Your grasp until the sun comes up

We crawl on our knees for you
Under a sky no longer blue
We sweat all day long for you
But we sow seeds to see us through
'Cause sometimes dreams just don't come true
Look now at what they've done to you

White needle's buried in the red
The engine roars and then it gives
But never dies
'Cause we don't live
We just survive
On the scraps that you throw away

I won't crawl on my knees for you
I won't believe the lies that hide the truth
I won't sweat one more drop for you
'Cause we are the rust upon your gears
We are the insect in your ears
We crawl
We crawl
We crawl... all over you

We sow the seeds to see us through
Our days are precious and so few
We all reap what we are due
Under this sky no longer blue
We bring the dawn long overdue
We crawl
We crawl
We crawl... all over you

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Songwriter(s): Zach Blair, Brandon Barnes, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath
Record Label(s): 2008 DGC Records
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Meaning to "Re-Education (Through Labor)" song lyrics (22 meanings)
Red Anarchist April 12, 2014-17:03

The song is a critique of capitalism, and the ruling class' monopoly on freedom. It advocates the destruction, and replacement, of these systems through the means of revolutionary class struggle.
Clarissa August 27, 2012-21:10

This song reminds me of like, communist china under Mao and the people in the communes were sent for re education through labor if they got in trouble for somehing
Matt August 1, 2012-22:49

This song is about rising against in general. Rising up against those who control you. And refusing to be controlled any further.
R. A. fan October 16, 2011-2:38

i think this song is about how the illuminati are bull crapping us and we should fight back because their tired of the human race being slaves if u dont know who illuminati are, look it up
David August 18, 2011-10:02

People say it's about one specific thing, like sweatshops, slavary, but Tim said in an interview the song was originally going to be about re-education camps, but it became about repression in general
James August 13, 2011-17:12

Awesome song by an awesome band but the meaning is so damn true for almost everyone. This song is awesome and has a meaning unlike some other awesome songs I know of.
spineshank155 May 19, 2011-13:41

I think this song is deeper then just under appreciated workers & slavery. It's how we're forced to make a living just to make ends meet & we should rise against this facade called money.
Rhiannon January 25, 2011-14:56

you guys are on about marxism nd slavery but are forgetting it was the nazis that sent people to be 're-educated' in labour and concentration camps btw though- HELLISH SONG hope these come to england!
thinkingformyself January 22, 2011-20:07

you dont have to look at third world countries to find meaning here. To all who still think their nice safe 'jobs' will bring their dreams to reality...lol. wake up.
frantikoala January 18, 2011-15:45

i think this song is all about maltreated slaves that decide to rebel. it's also a message to underpayed workers and it tells them to protest their work conditions.
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