The Great Deceit

Album: Incarnate (2016)
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  • Killswitch singer Jesse Leach penned this political anthem about his unhappiness and fury with the way the world and in particular the US government works. He told TeamRock: "I don't subscribe to it and I don't believe in it. I think the system's broken, and I don't want any part of it right now. That might not last, and eventually I might change my tune, but right now I feel like money, corporations and greed run the world and we're all by-products of their neglect. That's what this song is about."

    "We're entering into a new Reagan era in the United States," Leach continued. "We need to have someone in office for at least four years who's going to tip the balance a little bit back towards the people. Whether you want to call them a socialist or whatever, we need a bit of that. We've been so run dry by the corporations and banks in our country that we need somebody in there who maybe is a bit radical to give some balance back."

    "But let's be totally honest," he added. "Presidents are just puppets and their strings are pulled by people who we don't even know. I firmly believe that. The rich people who own everything make the real decisions. The system is broken and I don't have the answers."

    "This is not the only song that I'll say this on," Leach concluded. "I'm really conscious of letting people know that I'm a regular person. I've got my own problems and I'm not your role model. I'm just a musician, and I'm broken just like you. For me, it's just about being a humanitarian and trying to be positive and show love. That's my political movement."


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