A promise, often made more than once over an extended period of time, which the person is either unwilling or unable to keep.
The phrase originated in November of 1999 when Axl Rose
's manager first officially announced the title of the next Guns N' Roses
album, expected to release sometime the following year (2000). The album was not released in 2000, but the promise to release it "next year" was repeated then, as it has been subsequently repeated every year since, without result.
By 2003 the title had become a joke in itself. That year punk band The Offspring
announced they would be using the title for their own upcoming album; a sort of protest against Axl's endless delays, which was commonly interpreted as a statement of "you snooze, you lose," although none of the band members or their representatives ever turned that particular phrase. After being served with a Cease-And-Desist Order from Axl's attorneys, the band released the album as Splinter
Chinese Democracy, should it ever actually be released, would be the first album from Guns N' Roses
since their 1991 release of Use Your Illusion 1 and Use Your Illusion 2, although many fans claim it would not actually be a Guns N' Roses
album despite the use of the name because Axl Rose
is the only original member still in the band.
After she caught Tom in bed with another woman for the second time, he swore he would never cheat again, but Lisa realized it was just Chinese Democracy and kicked his ass to the curb.
Danny's father (not-so-affectionately known as 'the drunk') swore up and down that he wouldn't miss Danny's last baseball game of the season like he had missed all the others, but even at ten years old Danny was sharp enough to realize it was just Chinese Democracy, and his father would not be there.
"I've had enough of your Chinese Democracy! You're never going to do it, so stop promising that you will!"