congratulations. stop. wish i could be there. stop.
tell me something i don't know.
is there anything left to know? stop. stop. stop. stop. stop.
accessory accessory accessory accessory accessory accessory
we regret to inform. stop. miss you dearly signed sincerely. stop.
tell me something that i dont' know is there anything left to know?
stop. stop. stop. stop. stop.
accessory accessory accessory accessory accessory accessory
to the time. time. time. time.
i've got this epic problem this epic problem's not a problem for me
and inside i know i'm broken but i'm working as far as you can see
i've got this epic problem this epic problem's not a problem for me
and inside i know i'm broken but i'm working as far as you can see and
outside it's all production it's all illusion set scenery i've got this
epic problem this epic problem's not a problem for me


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    Song MeaningIan MacKaye talks a bit about the song in this interview:
    markprindle.com/…
    guntotingbastardon May 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song is rad. i really like the breakdown at the end. i have no idea what this song is about. it's cool though.
    imnotSxExon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI was reading an interview and its name was about how they couldn't figure out how to flesh out the song fully. they wanted to put more riffs in there. I think that is the epic problem half of the song.
    bamvolstoneon September 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI heard this was a song they worked on since the time of repeater or something. it's def my fave off of argument
    iceburnon December 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe "stop" part between lines reminds me of a telegram. they use to read like that. this a great song with superb lyrics.
    Relapseron January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think its lecture charade.. not accessory
    middle classon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRead the lyric sheet with the album. It's 'accessory'. As far as a meaning, I'm not sure about the first half. The epic problem part has this meaning to me: Sometimes in my life, I can feel like things aren't so great, but in the grand scheme of things, my "epic problem" isn't really that big of a problem, and I can deal with it. Still, I may feel like I am "broken", but other people don't notice anything.
    Mad Slanted Powerson March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, the first half is a criticism to cliched or meaningless messages. He's reading "congragulation" stop. "wish you could be there" stop. His response is "tell me something that I don't know", and notice that it's not another message because there's no "stop." after it. They're saying that those messages aren't saying shit, and it's genius how it's in a telegram form which really highlights how insignificant the messages are since they're told from a complete stranger instead of coming straight from the source. It's the same for the "we regret.." part and "miss you.." part.

    As for the 'accessory' part, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say that the 'accessory' is referring to the person delivering the telegram. He's an 'accessory' to the offense of delivering a personal message in such a impersonal way. No idea on what the 'time' means.

    Overall the first half is talking about conveying messages in an inappropriate manner.

    The second half is kind of straight forward. But the beauty of Fugazi is that they could have two or more messages in one song, and although each message could be deciphered, it's hard to see how they relate to one another. See 'Do You Like Me'.
    1988on March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the US economy and the few people who have the sway to manipulate it. I always heard the "to the time" part as "do the time". If they're an accessory to fraud they ought to do the time. The epic problem is that things aren't as they appear and those in charge are okay with keeping up false appearances. The "set scenery" is what the general public sees and understands to be the truth, but underneath is a tangled web of corruption and greed.
    akparry76on September 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe epic problem is lack of integrity. The first half of the song is the narrator telling someone else "Congratulations" or "Wish I could be there," etc. but in his mind he's telling himself "stop" because he doesn't mean a word of it. I read "Accessory" as "accessory to the crime"; as he's created this fake personality outside himself that pretends to be into things he's not into, and he considers this personality the one committing the lies, not himself.

    The last half of the song talks about how being disingenuous is a problem he knows he has, but in practice he has no problem whatsoever putting on the same facade again and again. "Outside it's all production, it's all illusion, set scenery" and "I'm working as far as you can see" are just further metaphors for the lack of integrity.

    As for if this is the narrator talking about his own epic problem, or putting himself into the shoes of a politician, business man, the government in general...
    realitysoldieron October 15, 2010   Link

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