"What To Do" as written by Russell Garcia and Shaynee Rainbolt....
Come on in, sweetie-pie! Have an apple, have some lye...
Leave your friends, righteous and pathetic, standing at the door.
On the books, all your bets favor head-bands and cassettes,
Cigarettes, suffragettes, and bores.

What to do?
Sweetheart, you'll find mediocre people do exceptional things all
The time.
Oh, the ruin will do in your talented mind...
Could've been a genius if you'd had an axe to grind.

When we moved to the city, it seemed the competition got so much
Less pretty
But the mirror's never failed you like this before.
So your revenge on the world will be pencils through your curls
And if wanting ever taught you anything, it's wanting more.
(and more and more and more...)

What to do?
Sweetheart, you'll find mediocre people do exceptional things all
The time.
Oh, the ruin will do in your talented mind...
Could've been a genius if you'd had an axe to grind.
What to do?

When that day finally nears, you'll at least have made it clear
That compassion's just a nicer way of looking down your nose.
It seems that all the people want to do is crowd the streets of
Amsterdam (Pamplona, too),
But the bulls have already come and gone and bellowed all their
Lows.
Now nobody knows

What to do.
Sweetheart, you'll find mediocre people do exceptional things all
The time.
Oh, the ruin will do in your talented mind...
Could've been a genius if you'd had an axe to grind.
What to do?


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"What to Do" as written by Damian Kulash

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    General Commenthave an apple, have some lime.
    iamchristineon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthave an apple, have some lime.
    iamchristineon April 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentno sweetie, it's lye not lime. i'm pretty sure lye is poisonous... it's used in laudry soap a lot.
    okgoon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentah man love this song. when the horns come in its orgasmic
    thedrakeman85on March 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit sounds like a concerned teacher talking to a student wasting all their time with a bad croud...thats what it reminds me of...
    JENN11729on September 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me as if its about a small town girl- probably the prettiest girl there, that wants to be a model/actress. She has these big dreams and goals (apples) but doesn't realize that she doesn't have what it takes (lye).

    Either her friends A) Boost her ego so they can get in on the fame. B) They warn her that she may not make it. But she doesn't believe them. (Leave your friends, righteous and pathetic, standing at the door.)

    She then goes off to the city, where she sees that the competition is much nastier than was expected. (Backstabbing, catty girls going for the same role, ect.), or that there were people better or more talented than her.

    The chorus is advice that is given to her, or her looking back on it in retrospect. Like her mom saying "You can do anything you put your mind to!" Or some other mom-ism :)

    The 3rd verse make me think that she has finally realized that it's hard to make it big, and any compassion she got was just ridicule.

    I'm not sure if this fits, I gave it my best shot :).
    Arcsison March 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti like the line
    "mediocre people do exceptional things all the time."
    it gives me a sense of motivation like you could do anything.

    oh and about the lye.
    yeah its poisonous. if you've seen Fight Club you'll know exactly what it can do.
    mlfm256on May 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Arcsis' interpretation of the song.

    Lye fits in the "model" scenario in that it is used to make Methamphetamine, an illegal drug that can suppress hunger.
    dggeekon June 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLye is poisonous and the Apple can both be interpreted as the Apple from the Bible or the poisonous apple from Snowwhite. The Lye and the Apple are also both contrasts between something good and something bad, which recurres when the song refers to friends as righteous and pathetic.
    Solarioon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMan, am I late to this one or WHAT?

    In any case, I used this specific song as a theme for a few of my super-powered characters in both the games City of Heroes AND City of Villains, because of that one line that just resonates with me, as well as the characters in question:
    "Sweetheart, you'll find / Mediocre people do exceptional things all the time"
    I first applied it to one of my first villain characters, because she NEVER WANTED to be a villain; she was practically forced into that role, and it didn't help her when the main villain group of that setting SPRANG HER from Maximum Detention because she was "one of the Chosen Ones".

    She just wanted to be a scientist in peace. Was that TOO much to ask?

    The sharply contrasting tones used throughout the song just helped cement this as her primary theme song.
    limedogon December 14, 2013   Link

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