"On The Drag" as written by and John C./linnell Flansburgh....
You're only happy when you're sad
You're top fueled and you're bad
Parachute in your back pack and
Your knees under your chin
And your boyfriend's getting mad
At all the time you waste
Trying to put your finger on it
The allure of St. Marks place

On the drag, on the drag
You're all waiting 'round for something
And it's never coming back
On the drag, on the drag
It's a genuine disaster
And it's come to make you king
On the drag

"I won't die until I'm dead,"
Are the first words that he said
Don't try to interrupt him,
'Cause he's never gonna stop
And the time is standing still
With all this time to kill
And I'm trying to walk away
From 1st Avenue to A

On the drag, on the drag
It's a genuine disaster
And we've crowned him with his crown
On the drag, on the drag
We're all waiting 'round for something
And it's never coming back
On the drag, on the drag
We're all waiting 'round for something
And it's never coming back

On the drag, on the drag
We're all waiting for disaster
And we crowned him with his crown
On the drag


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"On the Drag" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General CommentThe lyrics are out of order, and a little wrong (at least compared to the "They Got Lost" version; but there might be multiple versions).

    The song's about a group of teens/posers trying to relive the 1970's punk scene of New York. The "drag" is St. Mark's Place (which is mentioned), a street that was a breeding ground for punks (and other artist) during the 70's. But they obviously can't relive or revive the scene and they don't seem understand "punk" anyways.

    The leader of the group is seemingly very dedicated or delusional but completely misguided and foolish (which is where you get the asinine opening statement: "I won't die until I'm dead"). He's also may be conceded and pompous (Don't try to interrupt him, Cause he's never going to stop).

    They try to recreate the scene but they end up just being bored and wasting their time. The narrator, who has become fed up, realizes the hypocrisy of their situation. He understands the group's leader is perhaps the most oblivious to their failure to become punk (he calls the leader a disaster and says he is the "king" which is a punk contradiction).

    They don't understand the ideology surrounding the punk movement, so they are just trying to experience the elements of punk rock by acting/dressing like punks, getting drunk and contemplating things like "the allure of St. Mark's Place."

    The narrator decides he wants out (As I try to walk away, From 1st Avenue to A).

    The "time is standing still" line and references to time in general might be reiterating that they are unable to relive the past glory of punk. It might also be saying the group is stuck in a phase, and they as long as they try to be punk they can't mature.
    hornytheclownon May 01, 2012   Link

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