I am here
right here
where God puts non asunder
and you
in black dress & black shoe
you do
invite me under
go on
go there
you can see me aging
stars turn
balls burn
coming kids are raging

death to everyone
is gonna come
and it makes hosing
much more fun

every terrible thing
is a relief
even months on end
buried in grief
are easy, light times
which have to end
with the coming
of your death friend

death to everyone
is gonna come
and it makes hosing
much more fun

so strap me on
and raise me high
cos buddy, I'm not
afraid to die
cos life is long
and it's tremendous
and we're glad
that you're here with us
and since we know
an end will come
it makes our living
fun

[death]
death to me
and death to you
tell me what else can we
do die do?
death to all
and death to each
our own God-bottle
is within reach

death to everyone
is gonna come
and it makes hosing
much more fun


Lyrics submitted by sarahsavedlatin, edited by Dante Sint

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  • +1
    General Commentoldham said specifically that "hosing" means "having sexual intercourse"

    so it's a happy song. :)
    candle-endson February 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenturbandictionary.com calls hosing
    "verb: the act of fornication with no regard for the pleasure of the recipient. Usually accompanied by alcohol (see Jack Daniels hosing) and characterized by frenetic intensity."

    and whether this is just a joke slang or not, i think it could fit well with the idea of having sex that's frenzied and intense because of how fleeting life is.
    SparkleRedRoseon August 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have to say, there is a slang. i and people i knew in my younger days, for hosing; which simply meant to give a snappy or crippling joke on someone (usually a friend)...."you were totally hosed!" I just think that oldham's simplicity is his gift. While he is obviously well read( i.e. Heidegger, it was true what one poster wrote about the dif. between dread and fear), it does not mean he has much hidden in hopes of allusion or inference. I think. it would lead to a more simple everyday joy in life being praised. I think.
    hanselmoon November 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, it appears to me as though its meaning is simple enough. It is about birth, life, and death. I am not going to go through every verse but for example; the first verse is about sex, a woman's need to get pregnant before her time passes, ejaculaton "coming kids are raging." I could be wrong but if you look at the song in the terms of birth, life, and, death the pieces fit rather nicely. I am sure slightly deeper meaning exists but I think they are more or less subtle clues as to the author's true characteristics. Or this could be a bunch of b.s.
    whorespiton January 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe brilliance here is in the simplicity and, as in many of his songs, the way he celebrates the drama of living and dying by kinda laughing at it. He means "fucking" by hosing. He's hardly the first person to point out the primal connection between sex and death. He is definitely the first to point it out in a cheerful way I can sing along to at work though, and bless him for it.
    Mama_Birdon September 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy fear death when you're given so much time do whatever you want with the world?
    youeatpoopon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is a tough read, as I can see it as anything from post-apocalypse (hosing!) to anyday life. I have to say the lines
    every terrible thing / is a relief
    even months on end / buried in grief
    are easy, light times / which have to end
    with the coming / of your death friend
    always make me chuckle.
    kshe95on November 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo what's with the burning balls and the coming kids?
    _ellieon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the 'our own god bottle s'within reach' bit. Sort of reminds me of Marx (Religion is the opium of the people), the idea of humanity doing whatever it needs to do to live life despite that death is always approaching. Love the song, but don't listen to it when you are on the down.
    LeslieAnnLevineon February 06, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General Commenthosing = masturbating. rock.
    ericaericaon March 18, 2005   Link

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