"Caution" as written by and Errol Carl James Elijah Natrel Freeman....
Caution is a word that I can't understand see-a-you-t-I-o-n was a word I could not understand walked the dog with a real short leash turned around saw the dog walk me stainless steel and painted glass give me a pulse like a hammer and a mind to match no relief no food no sleep when you're king for a day you're a whore for a week I didn't get it then I think I got it now caution my friend don't step in the water 'til you know you can swim

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"Caution" as written by Errol Carl James Elijah Natrel Freeman


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    General Commentc-a-u-t-i-o-n is a word that i cant understand
    badreligionpigeonon August 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about drug use, quite possibly cocaine. "a pulse like a hammer and a mind to match, no relief no food no sleep" sounds like he's getting high off uppers, no doubt. "when you're a king for a day you're a whore for a week" is the great high you have but the awful comedown afterwards.
    antispaceon May 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentantispace, i completely disagree with you.

    operation ivy's lyrics are usually much deeper than drugs, and i'm pretty sure none of them were druggies.

    this song seems to be about carpe diem, not drugs.
    yos0yskabosson June 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think antispace is absolutely correct.

    skaboss, op ivy didn't write this song to condone or promote drug use-- if anything, it's a warning. it's about someone who wasn't cautious and started taking drugs, and then it got out of hand ("turned around, saw the dog walk me"). then he learns his lesson and offers some advice: "i didn't get it then/ i think i got it now... don't step in the water til you know you can swim".

    don't kid yourself; op ivy weren't as deep as you think. they simply wrote very smart, insightful lyrics, often about urban issues. drug abuse is as good a topic as any.

    can anybody guess as to what he means by "stainless steel and painted glass"?
    thequeenisdeadon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought stainless steel on painted glass was a reference to preparation of drugs. Either the kind of surfaces in toilets or bathrooms or stainless steel blades, mirror, that kind of thing.
    reesheeon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought of a pipe for "painted glass", but nothing specific for stainless steel. So that works with the drug theory.

    it seems to work for drugs, but I think this pattern in seen in all kinds of ways.
    feedbackloopon January 13, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think the steel and glass could mean something about a syringe if the song really is about drug use
    jakesnake19on June 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can see hoe it can be looked on as a drug influenced song, but to be honest I agree with skaboss it has always stood out to me as more of a carpe diem idea, I look at it as a postive energy filled song of awesome :D
    Wackieston August 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is about drug use.

    Everyone thinks they dont have a problem when doing drugs and that they can controll their use(walked dog on a real short leash) but in hind sight addicts really don't (turned around saw the dog walk me)

    Stainless steel and painted glass i think refers to spoons (sterling silver = stainless steel)(use spoons to free base) and pyrex pipes, bowls and bongs (painted glass) which is used to consume drugs.

    The rest of the lyrics describe the feelings of being high and coming down from it(a pulse like a hammer and a mind to match no relief no food no sleep when you're king for a day you're a whore for a week)

    And the last bit is about finally getting clean and telling his story through this song as a warning to us, to have caution when using, cuz they've been there before. Caution was a word he couldn't understand (when he started or someone in the group started) but he's got it now (that he's off of it). Brings it all full circle.
    PunxRUson July 13, 2011   Link

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