the sun's a strange light
nothing grows right anymore
scars on every stalk
whose mouth should i use to talk?
the force that marks the routine
temperature whatever degrees
create the bad thing
and lay our heads in it now

it's hard to punch the clock
on the site where production stopped
i'm just a warehouse filled with junk
some somethings for some someones
tacking time with tracking eye tectonic shifts one nerve at a time
i lay my head in it

a hundred plans to fortify
beige concrete foes on for miles
hiding cities under it
fill my mouth with with non-mouth spit
there was a light at the window
there was light under the door
but it's not there anymore

come on over x2

get your shoes on
put your feet on baby

come on over

get your shoes on
put your feet on baby


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    General CommentI love this song. Fugazi are truely talented. I love the build up for this song. It is beautiful.
    popnoiron July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song has nothing to do with ecology.

    I'm prety sure its just talking about the speakers descent into darkness.

    Because basically the entire the speaker comparing himself to this polluted almost post-apocalyptic wasteland and talking about how it wasn't always this way but now it is now.

    I'm not sure whether or not the song has some other overriding meaning, or if this description is all there is to it.
    ecepp7on November 08, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe Argument has very strong anti-war sentiment.Safe to say this song isn't about climate change.

    The entire song is about a guy living in a post-apocalyptic world caused by nuclear war:

    "the sun's a strange light nothing grows right anymore
    scars on every stalk"
    "whose mouth should i use to talk?"
    "temperature whatever degrees create the bad thing "

    The effect of nuclear war throws plenty of dirt and radiation into the atmosphere distorting the sky and the image of the sun. Plants don't grow normally for obvious reason.
    Neither do people, people exposed to intense amounts of radiation may become deformed and as such could develop a second mouth. That line could have far more unfortunate, and morbid, implications though.
    Another effect of fallout is a distorted wind and heat patterns, changes, and fluctuations The last point is unclear to me.


    "it's hard to punch the clock on the site where production stopped
    i'm just a warehouse filled with junk"

    The world is pretty messed up, many sites are sure to be abandoned.
    The second line could mean many things. He could simply be saying that his continued existence is a waste. Or more complexly, he could be saying that his memories of the old world, his stored items in a sense, is a waste since it won't do him any good to have it since he can't change what has happened.


    "i lay my head in it a hundred plans to fortify beige concrete foes on for miles"

    Beige is a very pale brown... probably describing the color the buildings now have. And someone hopes to possibly rebuild cities.


    "(come on over get your shoes on put your feet on baby come on over)"

    Maybe a call to get others to work rebuilding the world. The somber and depressed tone of the outro doesn't go for a show of confidence but they must try.


    Just what I'm getting out of this song.
    Verdakielon January 25, 2014   Link
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    General Commentomg jus one comment on this song!? that's pathetic, this song is soooo goood, the way it builds up over the 6 minutes and that awesome piano bit at the end, but i dnt kno wot it's about? i'm guessin' it's an ecological protest or summit? global warming perhaps? or am i being stupid?
    NEW NOISEon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcan someone please help me out wiv da meaning!
    NEW NOISEon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's definitely an ecological protest, it just doesn't seem like he's happy with anything. global warming, genetically-altered crops, pollution, urbanization...i think he touches on everything in this song. have no idea what the "come on over get your shoes on" part could be.

    simply another fucking awesome fugazi song.
    imunemployedon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can see the ecological concerns in this song but that may be too literal of an explanation. It seems like he's saying, "This is my world, come on over." He's saying you can enter his existence but this is how it is here, be forewarned. And yes, this has to be one of the best pieces of music these guys ever produced, I've never heard anything else like it and I doubt anyone else is making indie rock this sophisticated. But then I never get to hear anything until it's been out for a few years, or it's some kind of new country crap!
    spacemunky_666on October 09, 2007   Link

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