When I (Dave) first saw the lyrics, I said, "William, Tiananmen Square happened in 1989!" He said, "Yeah, but it's been bugging me." As this song is written in response to the Spintunes 6, Round 3 challenge, it's supposed to be about something you feel strongly about. I'd say 24 years of simmering qualifies.
We're not telling you in this song what you should choose, though I think our own bias is pretty clear. We're sick to death of people telling you what you want. The various people of this world demand societies that are both free and socialist, to various degrees. To us, what's more important than whether you side with the individual or the pack is that YOU make the choice. Don't let someone do it for you. And once you've made your choice, stand up and defend it. Be the Tank Man.
As for the style of the song... in the first place, I'm not Chinese; so no, I wasn't about to try for some Oriental song stylings here. In the second place, the event was one in which the students involved were trying very much to adopt Western-style democracy (up to and including displaying a statue of Liberty). A Western-style song seemed to me to be in order. I started with a 12/8 time signature, reminiscent of the old Perry Mason theme song, which not only reminds me of Justice, but of the L.A
. Chinatown near which he practiced. The "nightclub" sound allows for the dynamic range pretty much demanded by the chorus.