[written by The Rudiments]

breakin' out the old wailing paddle
pull the splinters out of your skin
ice your knuckle, vow revenge
corporal rule, teach it cruel
hard times, you missed a grand time

ingrained acceptance, invisible scars
take your whippin' like a man and you'll be a winner yeah
don't you wanna shine like the stars
good boys do good girls don't
double standards feeding off the rusty remains of the past

the things we learn from consequence
we're all just figures messed up in coincidence
you live your life by foolishness
the things we least require take priority

who listens to the punk rockers anymore?
spit the fire like before, just like Mark Twain

play the roles away

driving past the billboards with the legs that sell
get yourself a new car & a bottle & the babes will follow you
it's all just fun you see, no one gets hurt
why should we question what is commonplace

the things we learn from consequence
we're all just figures messed up in coincidence
you live your life by foolishness
the things we least require take priority

play the roles away

...in the classroom, in the back row, some old lecture
...in the locker room, there's an asshole yellin' at your mom
...on the bar stool, tryin' not to be, but it's hard to change
...but in the end, who do you think created all the roles that we play?


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    General CommentIt's a cover, and it's about the roles that men and women play every day in modern society and how we should get past that.
    snowboarddudeon October 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it has anything really to do with gender roles (it's a cover of a Rudiments song, and they never seemed to have a problem with gender roles). It's pretty hard to figure out, and thats one of the things I like about it. If i had to give a guess, I'd say like a friends with benefits scenerio gone wrong, but I don't really know why.
    sawyer776on December 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI thought the first bit was about some loser kid getting beat up by his dad, because his dad thinks he is not good enough for him. (Hence invisible scars and "Don't you wanna shine like the stars?" etc.)

    And then the second part is the kid when he is older trying to be accepted by everone else by buying material things (Cars etc.)
    skacore_dudeon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually, scrap the dad bit. It's just about commercialism and people being forced to buy into it, just to be accepted by other people.

    At first it points out how cruel it is, as if it's being beaten in to us via a paddle. Buying material things is not required, but it takes priority. It's common place, and we should question it!
    skacore_dudeon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought the paddle part at the beginning was about fraternities that have dumbass initiation rituals like being hit on the ass with a paddle and saying "Thank you sir, may I have another?", relating it to people doing whatever they need to feel like they fit in. The rest of the song to me seems like no matter how different you try to be, you're always gonna have to conform a little:"On the bar stool, tryin' not to be, but it's hard to change." Sucks, but true. Big D kicks ass.
    ska+punk=skunkon March 31, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaning"ingrained"
    "roles"
    "boys"
    "girls"
    "like a man"
    "legs that sell"
    "babes"
    "why should we question what is commonplace"

    Rudiments were revolutionaries right? Of course this is about gender roles.
    Skuitar21on January 23, 2013   Link

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