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Open the basket
Listen to the flute play
Open the basket
Listen to the flute play
Toot toot toot play

Snakes in the basket
Lie to lead you astray
Snakes in the basket
Force to make you betray
Your innermost truth hidden away

Now you're falling down to the underground
Slither down to your lair
Hidden in the many trenches of a hopeless war
Those who were sold out by a corporate board

Carry the casket
Never mind the gun spray
Bury the casket
Pawns in someone's gameplay
Shoot shoot shoot obey

Now you're falling down to the underground
Slither down to your lair
Hidden in the many trenches of a hopeless war
Those who were sold out by a corporate board

Listen to the flute play
Listen to the flute play
Listen to the flute play

Subscription to the spreading of lies
Soldier catches a glimpse of his demise deep down inside
Even he knows snakes come in many shapes and sizes
Many shapes and sizes
Snakes have no hands to be tied

Concoction of malicious lies
Deep inside the general despises himself
Listen to the flute play
Another reptile in line
Snakes without grass cannot hide

Now you're falling down to the underground
Slither down to your lair
Hidden in the many trenches of a hopeless war
Those who were sold out by a corporate board
Now you're falling down to the underground
Slither down to your lair
Forked tongues spread the poison with another toxic sting
So much pain their serpentine inhibitions bring

Oh - listen to the flute play
Listen to the flute play
Listen to the flute play
Listen to the flute play

Open the basket
Open the basket
Listen to the flute play
Open the basket

Listen to the flute play
Listen to the flute play
Go ahead
Listen to the flute play

Open the basket
Oh - open the basket


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Snakes song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentAnd No Doubt's political side comes out.

    Snakes represent hate and war. Just play the flute, open the basket, and they'll come out and spread their poison. Ordinary people "fall down to the underground", get caught up in it, and terrible things happen. It's references to corporate boards and generals show that this song is critical of both sides of a war, specifically the United States.

    Somebody please play this for George W!
    whatslifelikeon September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw "HELLBOY" today...maybe its just an influence from that...kinda sounds like it's talking about nazis.
    Akikoon April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^ what "whatslifelike" said.
    2late4hopeon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt makes me think of the many songs that came out during the Vietname War. It could be about anything that happened in the 80's, however.
    pixagion September 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSubscription to the spreading of lies
    Soldier catches a glimpse of his demise
    Deep down inside even he knows
    Snakes come in many shapes and sizes
    snakes have no hands to be tied

    Concoction of malicious lies
    deep inside the general despises
    himself... listen to the flute play
    another reptile in line
    Snakes without grass cannot hide



    such great lines!!! I LOVE ND!!
    savvy_mouseketeeron July 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard this on the Beavis and Butthead Do America Soundtrack, and I must say that I have never been a big fan of No Doubt, but I do like this song a lot.
    fluxwildlyuncuton October 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI thought the line "Those who were sold out by a corporate board" applies to the music industry, as No Doubt went indie for this album.
    seeingon May 09, 2017   Link

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