Capital G

Album: Year Zero (2007)
  • I pushed the button and elected him to office, and
    He pushed the button, and he dropped the bomb
    You pushed the button, and could watch it on the television
    Those motherfuckers didn't last too long

    I'm sick of hearing 'bout the have and have-not's
    Have some personal accountability
    The biggest problem with the way that we are doing things is
    The more we let you have, the less that I'll be keeping for me

    Well, I used to stand for something
    Now I'm on my hands and knees
    Turning in my god for this one
    And he signs his name with a capital G

    Don't give a shit about the temperature in Guatemala
    Don't really see what all the fuss is about
    Ain't gonna worry about no future generations
    And I'm sure somebody's gonna figure it out

    Don't try to tell me that some power can corrupt a person
    You haven't had enough to know what it's like
    You're only angry 'cause you wish you were in my position
    Now nod your head because you know that I'm right, all right!

    Well, I used to stand for something
    But forgot what that could be
    There's a lot of me inside you
    Maybe you're afraid to see

    Well, I used to stand for something
    Now I'm on my hands and knees
    Turning in my god for this one
    And he signs his name with a capital G

    Well, I used to stand for something
    But forgot what that could be
    There's a lot of me inside you
    Maybe you're afraid to see

    Well, I used to stand for something
    Now I'm on my hands and knees
    Turning in my god for this one
    And he signs his name with a capital G Writer/s: Trent Reznor
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • AnonymousCapital G is a metaphor for God, George W and big government. Trent is clever like that
  • Cruth from Neptune Beach The G does not stand for President George Bush it stands for big government.
  • Angela from Cartersville, Gai really like this song i think the reznor really knows what is going on in the world and was preatty smart to write about it. so keep on rock in to the music. and reznor keep writing trye songs!!
  • Duncan from Boaz, AlThe "you" refers to the general public, being apethetic and voting in the new "God" aka president. The song mainly says that we as a people are taking almost anyone who says that they are in God's will as being amazing and good, and all opposed as being evil. It exposes that, under that system, our rights can be abused. the "capital G" refers to the self absorbtion of the subject.
  • Ryan from Suffern, NyIt must be about God. If you notice in the lyrics, he refers to "You" all the time. Meaning it could be God talking because he gives us free will. "you push the button and elected him to office" "i used to stand for something, but forgot what that could be" the constant grow of new religions give people new ideas of what God wants and stands for
  • Jayna from Katy, TxActually, i highly doubt its about president George Bush. The Year Zero CD is set 15 years or so in the future, as Trent Reznor stated in some of his interviews. Bush wont be president then.

    This is my own personal opinion, though. And i could be wrong.
  • Owen from Syracuse, NyI always thought that the 'G' in the song standed for 'George' as in 'George W. Bush'

  • J from L, CoReznor claimed the 'G' in this song stands for 'Greed', although others interpret it to also mean 'Government' and 'God' as well.
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