"Cop" as written by and Mathew Thomas Skiba Glenn Porter....
Wonder what it was that made you this way
Maybe as a baby you dropped your rattle
And it still rattles you to this day
You better practice your evil looks in the mirror
They don't work on me

Slowly crawling up from the down low
The other cops still call you 'fatso'
Short fuse and a top to blow
Unhappy wife, shitty life, hit the bottle

Your whole world dropped from under you
Left you with sorry excuses
Left you with meaningless things to prove
Like why you became a cop
Why did you become a cop?

Wonder what it was that made you this way
As a boy your toys were taken away
And it still toys with you to this day
You better practice your evil looks in the mirror
They don't work on me

Slowly crawling up from the down low
The other cops still call you 'fatso'
Short fuse and a top to blow
Unhappy wife, shitty life, hit the bottle

Your whole world dropped from under you
Left you with sorry excuses
Left you with meaningless things to prove
Like why you became a cop
Why did you become a cop?
Shut the fuck up.

After my court date
I'll forget about you
I'll tell my cellmate
I'll forget about you

After the jail break
I'll forget about you
After I'm through singing this song
I'll forget about you, I'll forget about you!


Lyrics submitted by oofus

"Cop" as written by Derek R. Grant Daniel Michael Andriano

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    General Commenthmm..i dont think this song is about cops in general..just the asshole ones?..thats what i get out of it
    jackbootyon August 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti dont think this song is an insult to every single cop that exists...probably just the one cop hes singing about, which im guessing is one that busted him for something he felt was stupid and unnecessary. on the '97 thread they were saying he was put on probation for something (probably drugs), which makes a lot of sense when comparing that song with this one..."After my court date, I'll forget about you", that line kind of sums it all up....ive never heard an alkaline trio song that makes a broad and general statement that relates to an entire group or issue...they all have to do with small, personal incidents, so i highly doubt they give a shit who your dad is or what he does for a living.
    spikkit000on March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI used to not like this song so much bc i had no beef w/ cops, but I love the end because it is so true.
    After my court date,
    I'll forget about you.
    I'll tell my cellmate.
    I'll forget about you.
    After the jail break,
    I'll forget about you.
    After I'm through singing this song,
    I'll forget about you, I'll forget about you!

    Edited by oofus on December 11 2005, at 12:45PM

    Bo0shon August 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow. I really hope the commenters at the start of this song spent the last seven years untwisting their panties.

    Seriously. This song is about a particularly mean cop who Matt Skiba had a problem with. One cop. I sincerely doubt he's criticising the entire police force or instigating a discussion on the 9/11 attacks.

    Cool song. :-)
    Yadarfynon October 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me wanna be a cop :)

    The line "The other cops still call you 'fatso'" reminds me of the film Super Troopers.

    Does anyone even care what the song MEANS or we all too busy trading insults and theories?
    d3v01don February 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, this song is asweome!
    maybe its the lack of constant guitars during the verses...
    or the constant guitar during the chorus...
    this song just plain comes together brilliantly, musically and lyricly
    AlkalineThursdayon July 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim a big alkaline trio fan but i really don't like this song very much cuz my dads a cop..but i also don't think its fair that cops get bashed like this in so many song. they are just trying to do their job..sure some of them are asssholes but most of them are just nice guys who got stuck with a shitty job and hate it...ive seen some other songs about cops that are just really mean and haeful but this one actually has a little bit of truth to it. so can we just lay off cops for a while and find someone else to take our anger out on. i know that posting this is only gonna result in a lot of people telling me that im stupid and how much they hate cops but try to imagine whats its like for a little kid who looks up to thier dad to hear something like this. didnt anyone ever look up to their dad...can u imagine how bad you would feel if someone wrote a song like this about your idol...well let me tell ya it really fucks up a kids childhood
    Daddyslittle defecton July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFUCK the police FUCK the police FUCK EM
    NewFoundGetUpKid0on July 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdefect, my dad's a cop, and i'm currently waiting to enter the Police Academy of New York City, so i can relate. I don't know where you're from or where the singer of the band is from, but no cops anywhere are like the fuckin NYPD. Being a cop is not a guy "getting stuck in a shitty job" as you put it. I'd like to see this guy who wrote this song collar a 7 foot psychopath wanted for homicide in the toughest parts of one of the toughest cities in the world. Being a cop is not a job a person gets stuck in, it is a job a person has to go through several tests and tasks and training periods to be found fit to perform, for pay that is not fitting the work that cops do. are there asshole cops? of course there are, because they're human beings, but the good that police do far outweighs the bad. and the "bad" that you people deal with is getting yelled at for loitering outside the 7-11 in your small suburban towns or for doing 58 in a 50. fuck that, you people will never encounter really good cops, you know why? because your not murderers, rapists, or arsonists. those are the people who encounter the good cops, and when those good cops deal with the scum of the earth for long enough, they become bitter, because they're only human. newfoundgetupkid, i would be mad at your comment if i thought you weren't severely mentally retarded. you're probably a sexually frustrated, pubescent, acne-ridden lad who finally found music that speaks to him and covered his jansport with patches and pins. did you work 12 hours a day for over a month immediately after september 11th sifting through rubble downtown and at the garbage dump to find body parts to be identified by forensics so that families could bury their dead? cuz my father did. and so did probably half of the detectives and patrolmen in New York City. fuck them? fuck you, douchebag. And anyone who disagrees, I don't know what to tell you. There are assholes on the job, as I mentioned before, but there are assholes in any and every line of work. People seem to love to focus in on the asshole cops and say "Fuck the police, blah blah blah." I never hear "Fuck the Wall St. guys", well actually I do, but not as much. But you know what I've never ever heard? "Fuck firefighters" And I'm glad I never have, but why just cops? Cops are there to keep people like you safe from murder, robbery, rape, and so on and if they can't prevent it from happening to you, they'll make sure the guy that got you won't get someone else. and if you're gonna bring up "Oh, a guy could kill someone and be out of jail in 5 years, boo hoo" I'm not denying that, and neither will any cop, and that's why they get so bitter and disillusioned. That's the legal systems fault, and lawyers who defend a guy that they know murdered an elderly woman for example. Fuck lawyers, I'd rather hear people say that, cuz lawyers are the fucking lowest of the low. They're pieces of shit who don't care about justice, they look at cases as personal victories, not the big picture, i.e. the benefit of society at large. I can go on all night, but it's 1:15 am, and I have to be in work in less than 7 hours. By the way, I work for a company that does jobs all over the city, and I was recently at a job at 3 World Financial Center. The building was separated from what was the Trade Center (or as non-New Yorkers like to call it, "ground zero") only by West St. So when I looked out of the window on the east side of the 29th floor, I was looking directly into the hole, which i assure you all is fucking gigantic. Anyway, I think I've made my point.
    LoganNYCon July 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLoganNYC..im also from New York and my dad works for the NYPD he was also down at ground zero i saw him maybe once a week for like only 5 minutes that entire month and he told me such horrible stories about it. i'm glad someone else can see things from my point of view because all of these people that are saying "fuck the police" have no idea what that was like. while they were watching it on tv cops like my dad and yours were down there risking their lives to save people and it really sucks that people can still say that they hate cops after all the good they have done. i'm really glad that you made that comment because you put my feelings about all of this into words better than i ever could and you made so many good points. i just hope more people will see it and it helps to change their view of police
    Daddyslittle defecton July 27, 2002   Link

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