"The General Electric" as written by Karl Kippenberger, Phillip Knight, Tom Larkin and Jon Charles Toogood....
You better run
As fast as you can
'Cause this passenger's not a happy man
Start running just as fast as you can

You say, you need a friend
Hey, well so do I
But this passenger's just passing by
Passenger is just passing
Bye.

At your age and stage
You should understand
But you don't care, you got a master plan
Fuck, fuck, fuck 'em all and take what you can

A freezing cold stare
And a flick in the eye
Passengers just passing by
Passengers just passing by
Passengers just passing by

To walk on water you'd sink in the ice
To walk on water you'd sink in the ice
To walk on water you'd sink in the ice
To walk on water you'd sink in the ice

You're holding everything inside,
You're holding everything inside.
You're holding everything inside,
You're holding everything inside.
Don't it feel good just to be alive
Still holding everything inside

You don't know what you want
So you take what you can
Still don't make you a happy man
Start running just as fast as you can

A freezing cold stare
And a flick in the eye
Passengers just passing by
Passengers just passing by

To walk on water you'd sink in the ice
To walk on water you'd sink in the ice
For all things gained there's a sacrifice
To walk on water you gotta sink in the ice

You're holding everything inside,
You're holding everything inside.
You're holding everything inside,
You're holding everything inside.
And don't it feel good just to be alive,
Don't it feel good just to be alive
You're still holding everything inside

And you don't know what you want, do ya'?
Know what you want?
What you want?

You're holding everything inside,
You're holding everything inside.
You're holding everything inside,
You're holding everything inside.(You're still holding)
Everything inside
Everything inside


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"The General Electric" as written by Karl Kippenberger Jon Charles Toogood

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    General Commentthis song fucking rocks! i love the lyrics too. the video clip can get really annoying tho coz of the amps in the back all spaz. but its a cool song. btw people add the lyrics to their new albulm under pacifier. i love semi-normal!
    punkrawkgodesson September 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti was so addicted to this song the first time i heard it. Shihad/pacifier are just amazing live they have so much energy on stage. it seems to be about a person who's life is passing by his eyes, and this person just keeps trying hard to do amazing and risky things but always ends up i trouble. he holds all his emotions inside, but doesnt care. "it makes him feel alive" to live this way.
    Timmon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti just got home from seeing Shihad live (and free too, lucky me), they played this second or third and completely flattened the place with it, great song live

    the whole 'to walk on water you'd sink in the ice' kinda has the same ring to me as 'dont let your life get in the way of living'. its a kind of, why do you need to complicate your situation to get something that you already have
    utasteadrenalineon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think its a metaphor for the prediciment humanity is in. We're all in the same train heading for the same destination-destruction if we keep treating each other like means to an end-"fuck, fuck, fuck em all and take what you can.
    And he's addressing a businessperson, emblematic of that attitude, saying "to walk on water, you've got to sink in the ice" and he looks away apathetic. He thinks he's invincible. To this guy all these people on the train, are just objects, not people-just "passengers passing by"

    ...and shihad's saying they're gonna wreck havoc to those sort of people. Hmmmm

    I wonder if its a reference to the book "you can't be neutral on a running train". Well, it reminds me of it anyways
    cookie dayon May 20, 2006   Link

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