"Plastic Cup Politics" as written by and Louis James Schaub Christopher Demakes....

Hello six pack of confidence
Been so many nights since we first met
Glad to see you’ve brought all your friends
For another night of plastic cup politics

Hello Mr. Six Pack of confidence
I’m glad to see you’ve already met
Ms. Twelve ounces of loneliness
And Mr. Plastic cup politics
I see you’re under the influence
Of warm beer and the comfort of all your friends
And I see that Mr. Loud Mouth has had his 40 ounce
And will pass out
I have no doubt
So drop your plastic cups and clear our clouded heads

I keep asking myself if they realize
That their fears are really just the same as mine
Do they know all their insecurities
Are the same ones that are inside of me
As people come and go
Do they know they’re really not alone?
And the life of the party just left
I guess I couldn’t cure his emptiness
Like all the rest
So drop your plastic cups and clear your clouded heads

Here we are, another wasted night
And I am right along the side
Of forty sets of bloodshot eyes
And plastic smiles miles wide
Match plastic cups we’ll leave behind

It’s just another night of plastic cup politics
So drop your empty cups and clear your clouded heads


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    General CommentA very sardonic view on the party scene. "And plastic smiles miles wide match plastic cups we'll leave behind." Empty people basking in artificial, alcohol-induced happiness.
    unc1emoeon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI suppose using alcohol as a temporary escape is fake? hmm....well I guess those who participate in sport are fake as well? or musicians who lose themselves in the music? painters who use oil, water and pigment to escape reality? carpenters who spend all day in the shop to build the 'perfect rocking chair'? those who sit in the rocking chair simply to avoid 'real life' for a temporary bit of time....all these people ( the list could continue ad infinitum)....the point is, people who find a means to escape their own reality temporarily cannot be simply judged as 'fake' or shallow...because any person who has ever dreamed of their future and what they would like it to be would be labeled as fake, if I am understanding your argument - with the song as basis for said argument - correctly.
    LarsFrederiksenon January 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've definately partied with all the people in this song, (Mr. Six pack of confidence, Ms. Twelve ounces of loneliness, etc...), but its not like every party is this way. It all depends on if who you party with. If you hang out with fake people, chances are that you're going to end up thinking this song is really true. But if you hang out with people who are real, then you'll just make fun of the types of people this song talks about.
    sidekickjonon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsadly- this song had a lot to do with me quitting drinking
    isearchtobeloston June 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm sorry but I'm having difficulty understanding what everyone here constitutes a 'fake' person...

    Surely you don't mean physiologically fake...
    LarsFrederiksenon January 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA very sardonic view on the party scene. "And plastic smiles miles wide match plastic cups we'll leave behind." Empty people basking in artificial, alcohol-induced happiness.
    unc1emoeon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't really agree...this can be true with or without fake people. Some people use alcohol as a crutch, whether that be to give them confidence, make them artificially happy, etc... I think that's what this song is saying, and that doesn't just apply to fake people.
    WayneSaysYeson June 08, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about the party scene and how "fake" people drown their self in beer and pretend to have an opinion on things like poiltics. the fake people get drunk, have fake conversations and leave just as fake as they came.

    another way it could be interpurted is applying it ot high school. or at least the one i go to. all the fake people go out, get drunk, and back-stab their best friend. and back-stabing is the birth place of politics. these people rely on the confidence booze gives them to get through the weekend. they never are truely thinking clean and by the time they "drop your plastic cups and clear your clouded heads" they have nothin left but a hangover and the plans for next weekends drunken get-togeth.

    O Joy O Bliss
    Mr.NiceGuyon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about the party scene and how "fake" people drown their self in beer and pretend to have an opinion on things like poiltics. the fake people get drunk, have fake conversations and leave just as fake as they came.

    another way it could be interpurted is applying it ot high school. or at least the one i go to. all the fake people go out, get drunk, and back-stab their best friend. and back-stabing is the birth place of politics. these people rely on the confidence booze gives them to get through the weekend. they never are truely thinking clean and by the time they "drop your plastic cups and clear your clouded heads" they have nothin left but a hangover and the plans for next weekends drunken get-togeth.

    O Joy O Bliss
    Mr.NiceGuyon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. I think the idea is that the narrator sees these people confused or down who think that drinking is going to fix their problems. But he thinks many people feel the same way and that these people aren't as alone as they think. The line that sums it up: "I guess I couldn't cure his emptiness..."
    naytchon June 27, 2004   Link

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