"Pensacola" as written by and Michael/steinberg Doughty....
Oh pride is not a sin,
And that's why I have gone on down to Wal-Mart
With my checkbook to get you some.

Like waves in which you drown me, shouting
I knoe you must've realized by now
And by the lawnchairs there

Next to the racks of guns
Your self esteem is waiting
Canned up in alluminum

Lyrics submitted by NeoNess, edited by cosmicsea

"Pensacola" as written by Mark Degliantoni Ava Chin

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    General CommentIt's a response to consumer culture? (where esteem is gained/shown in owning things/brands)
    StopDanceGoon June 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell I think the canned up in aluminum line refers to alcohol (beer cans specifically), most people feel better about themselves when they drink.
    pimaxcon July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a person who is abusive to his wife or girlfriend. So he goes to walmart and gets beer, so both he and his wife can get drunk, where the abuse starts, and the wife/girlfriend has to turn to alcohol just to escape it.
    Brenan6on October 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentafter reading doughty's book it's hard not to imagine that this is just a statement to the rest of the guys in the band. or some kind of genuine plea, at first quiet and meek but growing into a scream. sounds like he wrote most of it alone with a drum machine and sequencer. he is singing so softly you can hear the buzz of the recording devices in the background. something very raw about that, it compliments perfectly his state of being at the time.
    akjon April 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is a comment on the somewhat ironic regard in which the lower class holds themselves, like people who shop at Wal-Mart out of necessity and are still radically self-important. That only accounts for the bookends of the song, though, so I'm probably wrong.

    I love how Mike sounds when he sings "I knowwww", though. It sounds raw and fraught with emotion, a perfect crescendo in a song to which I didn't used to give much thought.

    "Your self-esteem is waiting, canned up in aluminum". Magnificent.
    tungstenchecksinon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentred neck drunk!! woooo
    retardotyleron June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAs much as I want to go right along with tungstenchecksin's interpretation, I just don't think it's about class. I think there's something to what she says, though.
    Thunderbolton January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoughty, while an addict, went to Pensacola to get away from everything. There he lived with Gus, his one friend in the extended Soul Coughing group, his tour manager. He said that it seemed like a kind of white-trashy southern town. He was a fish out of water there.

    They drank too much in Pensacola. He's going to buy beer. They go to a Wal-Mart to get it. The experience brings about a negative and dirty feeling, like the first realization that they're addicted to alcohol.
    parkerdannielon November 22, 2014   Link

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