Instruction For The Real WorldTry not to breathe, or they'll tax all your airInstruction For The Real World10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Try not to think or you'll give them a scare
Keep your eyes closed or they'll notice you're there
Follow their rules, and their thoughts, and their prayer.
Walk down the street and ignore all the pain
Don't you dare feel remorse, or pity, or shame
Don't think of the millions these people have slain
You just keep in line, stay part of the chain.
Keep your mouth closed, don't speak out your mind
Stay true to the pathway of life you're assigned
Pretend that you don't have a soul, that you're blind
Don't move from your seat, stay at home, stay confined.
Wear the right colour, wear a suit, wear a tie
When told to do something don't you dare question 'Why?'
Watch the concrete days, graphite nights roll on by
Don't dare make a change, stay in line 'till you die.
Don't think of anything, except what you're told
Stay grey and pre-formed; don't break from the mould,
Pretend you believe that the world's lined with gold
Forget that your freedom's bee