I can't write and I can't sing, I can't do anything
I can't read and I can't spell, I can't even get to hell
I can't love and I can't hate, I can't even hesitate
I can't dance and I can't walk, I can't even try to talk

Freddy tried to strangle me with my plastic popper beads
But I hit him back, with my pet rat
Yeah I hit him back, with my pet rat

I can't spit and I can't kick, I can't even be thick
I can't read and I can't spell, I can't even get to hell
I can't love and I can't hate, I can't even hesitate
I can't dance and I can't walk, I can't even try to talk

Freddy tried to strangle me with my plastic popper beads
But I hit him back, with my pet rat
Yeah I hit him back, with my pet rat
Yeah I hit him back, with my pet rat
Yeah I hit him back, with my pet rat


Lyrics submitted by x_melancholy_x, edited by harshal109

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    General CommentIt always sounded like "Freddy" to me, qyola... I think "freedom" makes even less sense.
    yewbarrowon May 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGood song but I have no idea how the whole "freddy tried to strangle me with my plastic popper beads but i hit him back with my pet rat" thing fits into the song. haha, but I like the way Poly rolls her R's when she says rat.
    IMPULSEcontrolon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's "freedom tried to strangle me" not "freddy" but I have no idea what that's about. Great song though.
    qyolaon June 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's about restriction, you can't do anything without being told off and you're lucky enough to be allowed to breathe! Pretty much like today really lol but that's another thing about Poly's lyrics, a lot of them still have a strong meaning/message in today's society. Seriously underrated I think.

    Not entirely sure what the "popper beads" and "pet rat" lines are about though...
    subhumangarbageon July 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that it was just like "I'm not good at anything", (like 'I can't write and sing, I can't do anything...I can't read and I can't spell', etc) but the not being allowed part also makes sense.
    KateIsMySlaveNameon February 15, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Freedom tried to strangle me with my plastic popper beads" - that could be about sexism. Necklaces (or any jewelry really) are usually more associated with femininity than masculinity, so, it actually makes sense to me. I think this is song is saying that girls are restricted by gender roles. The line, "I hit him back with my pet rat" could simply mean that Poly doesn't care and that she will do what she wants.
    weirdogrrlon January 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAnd I also love the way she rolls her R's.
    weirdogrrlon January 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt is a song about how women are constantly oppressed and abused, to the point where they aren't allowed to do anything and no one, including themselves, sometimes, believes they can support themselves. Or, at least that's what I think when I hear this song, and it fits with the whole "Freddy tried to strangle me.." thing. Took me forever to figure this out, so tell me what you think!
    VerbalVeNomon February 19, 2014   Link

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