Our Lady Peace

One Man Army

One Man Army is about the struggle for individuality. It's about finding the courage to strip naked and set fire to all your inhibitions. It's about cleansing yourself of all the people and things that suffocate your individuality.- Raine Maida,, 19 July 1999

It's very much saying I've figured out who I am and what I think and believe and screw you if you don't understand it. And everything else is just trash and you can put it in a big fat trash heap and burn it because it is useless to me.- Mike Turner, Ottawa Sun, 20 Sep. 1999

The chorus is kind of like this weird anti-chorus where for the regular listener, a program director, it's like 'Are we in the chorus yet?' And we really fought for that song to be the first single because of that. A lot of people would say, 'Are you guys out of your minds? It will be really tough selling it to radio. It's not one of those immediate songs.' But we were like, 'Well, let's be known for that kind of stuff, at least,' the same way 'Superman's Dead' had like 15 different parts that didn't repeat. And everyone was saying the same thing about that. And you know what, it wasn't a No. 1 song, but it stayed in the Top 10 for like 10 weeks and it's a song that I think really affected people on an emotional level. So that's OK with us.- Raine Maida, Asbury Park Press, 2 Oct. 1999


Save me from this space

Take these plastic people
Read their lips, now let it linger
Is there anything that makes them sound sincere?
Tightly hold your hand
Take a deep breath, give them the finger
Are you worried
That your thoughts are not quite clear?
Overlooked, unfit appearance

I remember falling
I remember marching
Like a one man army
Through the blaze
I know I'm coughing
I believe in something
I don't want to remember falling
For your lies

Unbutton your clothes
Undress your soul, show them your vigor
Are those inhibitions easiest to fear?
Take this gasoline tin
Head up high, walk like a winner
Let the bare feet be the last sounds that they hear

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