According to Jay, the line “(…) King George and his rainbow cabinet (…)” refers to George Bush. The U.N. Rainbow Cabinet is the term George Bush used to describe his closest advisors when Jesse Jackson nailed him on the issue of minorities in his administration. It was still mostly made up of white males.
In a 2004 interview, Brett said it was an anti-war song (against the 1991 Gulf War).
Brett on why he wrote Heaven Is falling: "Well, it was anger, it was also frustration because I wanted to do something. And all around me were these kids in punk bands saying to me, hey man, I'm ready to go, if they draft me I'm ready to go."
The part "As I walk beneath the valley, I shall fear no evil" seems to be derived from Psalm 23:4. In the 23rd Psalm, the writer describes God as protector and provider. It is one of the most known Bible passages.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
The "thousand points of light" was a phrase from George H. W. Bush's inaugural address in 1989, encouraging individual contribution to society.
It first appeared on the split 7” New World Order: War #1 with Noam Chomsky. For Generator the song was rerecorded and the drums were played by Bobby instead of Pete. In 2004, a remastered version of Generator was released, containing both versions.
Blender recorded a fast and messy cover version for the album Fuck Hell - This is a Tribute to Bad Religion. The Ataris also did a cover version for the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 compilation.
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