Early '95, well, we got the dough so we could diversify.
Had a lot of money up in bioweapons, which has low liquidity.
Sold a lot of kruggerands and rubles
To a bunch of really weird Swiss guys
And we were rocking.

Took a little while, but we finally got to get our groove on.
We were running weapons to a Cuban in Miami
That just kind of flaked on us
Then there was that time I called John Gotti up
And asked him if his fridge was running.
He can laugh about it now!
We can laugh about it now!

Finally broke it open with the telecom and real estate in Asia.
With a little luck, we nailed fur markets in South America.
Took a little longer with tin and amethyst in Zimbabwe.
A real old boys' network

Got nine satellites in orbit that helped coordination.
Opened up affiliates in Nagasaki, Venice, and Antananarivo.
Joe got caught on board a boat with seven tons of opium.
In a Singapore harbour - color us embarassed!

In the year 2000, the Plan is looking aces.
Got that crib in the Alps and Jason did buy that helicopter.
Gave a quarter mil to The Soundman Phil so he could run for Senate.
He lost in the primary,
But we still love him.

Got a little tip about a ginger ale company from Canada.
Getting run into the ground by a trust fund kid
That thought we could write songs.
Had a couple parties on his yacht and Eric kinda borrowed his girlfriend.
It's gonna be a very good year.
A very, very good year.

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    gyroscopeon February 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the song that first introduced me to the Dismemberment Plan, although the only line I could understand was "Joe got caught on board a boat with seven tons of opium."
    ok_kidson August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenttrying to sing this song makes me quite tired.
    teKion September 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyou can tell this song was written without an ounce of effort or seriousness (being filled with whistles, bells, phone rings) and still manages to be very melodic
    briangotbackon March 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is completely insane. i love it.

    totally worth it for the 'joe got caught aboard a boat with seven tons of opium' line. dig that funk bass.
    gyroscopeon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's really great live. When they do the "Joe" part, Travis bobs his finger accross the room and the crowd mimics. It's great.
    Weasealon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song rocks.
    weezerific:cutleryon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe songs about how they were going to be signed to some major record label with some big bands (which slip my mind at the moment) but were dropped before they were even signed. The song basically says that they would have been rich.
    Mike Is Exceptableon July 30, 2007   Link

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