Millennial Moaning​/​Generation Me

by The Bulletproof Bomb

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LYRICS

The people
They'll work
The adults
They'll work
Their children
They'll work
The whole world stays in work
Living in a world to waste your time
Living for another place
Living for a life of nine til five
Waiting to save face

Can we try?
Try again?
Can we try?
Try again?

The people
They'll work
The adults
They'll work
Their children
They'll work
The whole world stays in work
Living in the coils of an aging nation
Not enough of us to cause a deviation
Ignored without the fallout from above
'cos we're just young, naive and just in love

Can we try?
Try again?
Try again?

GENERATION ME
Then I think to myself
Then I think to myself
Then I think to myself
Then I think to myself
Little old Davey C
Does he care about me?
Little old Davey C
Does he care about me?
The future's in numbers
But right now, I slumber
Wake when I'm sleeping
The whole world is weeping

What comes next?
After Generation X?

We aren't we
We are Generation Me
We are Generation Me
We are Generation Me

Ralphy hat, falls off skateboard, naughty boy
Mood right now: binge watching in my room
Nosering, micro-fringe, delicate bone structure
Bikini babe, blue cocktail, blue lagoon
Face-swapped a baby and an inanimate object
Big lips, hair sleek, big lashes, eyebrows fleek,
My dinner is this salad, health, lifestyle,
Squad assembling at nandos, chicken, cheeky cheek
Did the news mention that 500 blacks were murdered today?
That 1000 gay people were called fag?
The tories are bastards because they sold the NHS
Sign this petition or you’re bad
Tattoos, weed, vegan, gamer, can’t sleep at night
Picture of dead rock god and a truth he foretold
Skepta and ketamine and my little pony
Its dat boi oh shit waddup
This is really fun, no moaning, no groaning generation me

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NOTES

MILLENIAL MOANING
I never ever wanted to write about politics because it's a whole clusterfuck of things that I can't possibly understand at such a young age no matter how many times I try before the deflation and frustration settles in. But it's clear that our generation is very politically interested in a politically frustrating time and seems to be one of the more common ailments that we suffer. This is especially true for those that align with left-wing politics that young people find the most suiting given their moral-based view of the world in the abscence of experience.

Millenial Moaning is an attempt to capture the young romantic's helpless revolutionary thoughts regarding their country. We are a generation that is not excited by the prospect of the comfort of a career so that we may one day buy a house & start a family, we are a generation that wants fufilment. But the options presented to find this are slim, and high risk. I also tried to be honest to the fact that many of us around the age of 19/20 have very little intellectual solution to our grievances with British politics - we don't really understand it, or any solutions, and the desire to tear everything down is seen by the older generations as little more than a naive whine based on childish dreams.

GENERATION ME:
So what the fuck do we do about it? Open laptop. Open browser. The world outside doesn't seem to care about you?? Fuck it! Who needs it. You, and others like you, are all you need.

It is almost impossible to write or create anything about our generation without the internet as the crown jewell that holds it all together. Social media has given us a mirror to look at ourselves, where we can decorate and manipulate our reflection until we see a perfect version of ourselves. Favourite bands, film quotes, photography, raising awareness of your beliefs, documenting your every breath to make sure you, and everyone else, remembers that it happened.

The result is an absolutely fascinating narscism. But I don't want people to think that this is a criticism: there has NEVER been a better time to be narcistic. The ways you can explore & express your identity through the internet and its infinite audience is an absolute gift to fulfil those vain desires that, I think, we all have. Is it a monstrosity? A little bit, yeah. But it could be the start of something good. Communities can be created, ideas can be spread, loneliness can be numbed.



This whole piece was written pretty quickly after Sportswear Punk, carrying on the ideas of contrast & hyprocrisy within the makeup of our generation's personality and centered around the idea of politics & the internet.

It was also the first time I tried to experiment with form & structure based on this contrast idea from Sportswear Punk, and so I decided to write a song that was actually two songs, the second a direct reaction to the first, kind of like a 'cause & effect' type of structure. The addition of Tom's monologue at the end was a later addition but I think it is perfect tonally in caricaturing the absurdity of a social media timeline.

final note: excuse the reference to the prime minister that is no longer actually prime minister. same shit different smell.
Joel xx

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released August 1, 2016

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