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An ode to the misadventures of our Department of Homeland Security. When so much effort is put into creating the appearance of security, actual security suffers.

Lyrics

written by Brian McGinty
© 2005 Larpin Lane Publishing (BMI)

Well I’ve never known a blue and I’ve never known green
I haven’t learned a lot from the yellows I’ve seen
I haven’t met a soul who can say what they mean
It’s just a game we pretend to play
And I can see it in your eyes that the issue is dead
There’s orange on the rise, but I’m betting on red
A certain type of lie doesn’t have to be said
But we’ll still say it anyway
Cause it’s better than nothing
It’s better than something
It’s better if no one sees
The cure is worse than the real disease
And you take it for granted
As hard as you planned it
Everything’s going fine
Everyone stay inside of the lines
Don’t you dare come out and play
Don’t you dare come out and stand in the light of day
Standing bravely at the border
Of catastrophe and order
Don’t come out from underground
Not until we’re safe and sound

The knight is on the move, but the bishop is out
The king has left the queen with the castle in doubt
Nobody on the board left to finish this bout
Where have all our heroes gone
And I can see it in your eyes, everything has gone red
Opposition’s on the rise, but I’ll bet it goes dead
A certain type of lie’s gonna have to be said
When we sacrifice the pawn
Cause you break it, you buy it
You’ll try to deny it
But everyone else will say
The cost is more than the price you pay
And you know that you’re busted
When all that you trusted
Is fading away so fast
Some deceptions just aren’t built to last
Don’t you dare come out and play
Don’t you dare come out and stand in the light of day
Standing bravely at the border
Of catastrophe and order
Don’t come out from underground
Not until we’re safe and sound

And I wake up
From a calm and peaceful slumber
Unlike any other morning
After any other night
And I pray for inspiration
And I pray for some forgiveness
In the name of all that’s holy
In the name of all that’s right
Let me find the words to say this
Let me gain some understanding
Let me be a voice of reason
Let me be a source of light
So that I won’t betray this moment
And I won’t deny this feeling
I will not retreat in silence
I will scream with all my might

And it’s better than nothing
It’s better than something
It’s better if no one knows
The devil reaps what the angel sows
And you take it for granted
As hard as you planned it
Everything is all right
Everyone just stay inside tonight
Don’t you dare come out and play
Don’t you dare come out and stand in the light of day
Standing bravely at the border
Of catastrophe and order
Don’t come out from underground
Not until we’re safe and sound
Not until we’re safe and sound
Not until we’re safe and sound
Not until we’re safe and sound
Not until we’re safe and sound