This song continues the album's theme of "the first world manifesto" by claiming that American society is dominated entirely by the wills of large corporations: They tell people what to like, what to buy, and not to ask too many questions. The singer laments in the end that he doesn't know what to do now.
The title is taken from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The line is spoken by Dennis, a repressed peasant played by Michael Palin.
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The lyrics tell us to "Check out Chomsky and Zinn." Noam Chomsky is a renowned linguist, philosopher, and social critic; Howard Zinn was an American historian/political scientist and socialist thinker who wrote the influential non-fiction book A People's History Of The United States (1980). Zinn died in 2010, a year before First World Manifesto was released.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."