I'm looking at another day to find that I've got nothing to say
Or I'm looking for another way to process what happened on that birthday
And either way, if you're gonna call it art
Then there's a cup in front of you and right away
If you're gonna play your part, you must drink it down
But mind eyes have seen the glory
Of the fields of flowers and factory floors
And my mind's content to lie at rest for hours
Behind my loved ones' doors and if there's a war
Another shitty war to fight for babylon
Then it's the perfect storm in a tea cup
But you must drink it down
And what do you make of the nights
When you thought you'd make much more
Than being too tired to turn the lights out
And too drunk to drink more?
And what does it take to not hear the cynics at your door saying
"It's time the turn the lights out, and you'll want to keep it down!"
So I'm lifting up that poison cup to drink a draught of propoganda
Or I'm giving up that other stuff in hopes that it will make me madder
But either way, if you're gonna call it art
Then there's a cup in front of you and right away
If you're gonna play your part
You must drink it down
And what do you make of nights
When you thought you'd make much more
Than being too tired to turn the lights out
And too drunk to drink more?
And what does it take to not hear the cynics at your door saying
"It's time the turn the lights out, and you'll want to keep it down!"
And what does it say of all the things you've said before
When you're too drunk to turn the lights out
And too tired to drink more?
And what do you save, and what does it feel like to be saved?
And can you "pull - 2 - 3 - 4! pull - 2 - 3 - 4!"
Can you drink it down?


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    General Commentcome on, what a cool song
    youeatpoopon October 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits the bomb :)
    strunkthedrunkon October 10, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Or I'm looking for another way to process what happened on that birthday."

    Ted Leo's birthday is on September 11, so here he's referring to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

    He also refers to the then-impending war in Iraq:
    "and if there's a war
    Another shitty war to fight for Babylon
    Then it's the perfect storm in a tea cup"
    Babylon was located in present-day Iraq, and the First Gulf War was Operation Desert Storm, so that's where the "perfect storm" comes from.
    sublimerinaon November 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe meaning i took from this song was an artists responsibility to make social/political commentary. ted basically saying the state of things aren't what i'd like them to be, and i will not censor myself because the president is fighting his war. i think that "there's a cup in front of you" is basically saying if you want to wear the badge of an artist be prepared to make your statement and accept the criticism you will undoubtedly recieve from those who don't agree with your opinion. ted has seriously changed my life. his lyrics, his music, and his conversations have been a constant inspiration to me.
    655321on November 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentjust a small detail, but he says,
    "Than being too drunk to turn the lights out
    And too tired to drink more?"

    plus, it makes a little more sense that way.
    ohinvertedworldon November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the previous sentiments, but in the DIrty Old Town DVD, Ted's view on the song was more one of a confusion as an artist over whether the message they were giving was deemed worthy at a time that made so many Americans consider mortality as something closer to them than they'd like to imagine. He also expressed regret at leaving the line in about his birthday being September 11th and dismissing the idea as cheesy and accidentally left in.
    ma0smon January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant song. :)
    hermajestyon January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a political drinking song.

    How cool is Ted Leo?
    LittleHondaon January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is the best way you can possibly spend five minutes. you even have 7 seconds afterwards to recover from how great it is
    LittleUnicornBoyon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd what do you save? And what does it feel like to be saved? And can you pull - 2 - 3 - 4, pull - 2 - 3? Can you drink it down?

    Wow! Amazing lyrics. Just drink those words in. This song gives me chills.
    prilla1206on May 10, 2005   Link

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