"Arizona" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
Arizona curled up with California
Then she tried to hide the whole thing from new Mexico
Who knew before he saw them making out in yuma
That she was loving someone new

But California not California how could you
The bully loved her cactus
The underdog her pine
But she would only love one at a time

New Mexico had always hated California
And though he knew that Arizona wore the pants
He got loaded then he started throwing punches
The poor Injun never had a chance

Scissors cut paper
Paper covers rock
Rock crushes scissors
Scissors break apart


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"Arizona" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General Commentit's a love triangle.
    massaaron May 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this pedro song. great symbolism.
    PLANESon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFrom interview with David Bazon on cloakanddaggermedia.com: "It really works better with Nevada and Arizona because they’re kind of spooning in a weird way, but I think writing a song about Nevada and California struck me as being more interesting. The first words came out during a free-write. It was, “Arizona curled up with California.” And from there I pictured these landmasses in this love triangle. The state of California definitely has a demeanor. I think the state of New Mexico does too. I imagined what their personalities would be like if they were people. However, as I was writing, they never turned into people in my mind. They remained huge landmasses that were fighting and heartbroken and in love.
    The end was just a restatement of the story in some ways. Assigning each of them their appropriate rock, paper, or scissors. I think some people find that a bit random, but it’s always made sense to me."
    etcetera_whateveron September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song. I just don't get the 'injun' part.
    _strangeron February 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnew mexico and indians makes alot of sense to me
    impossibledreameron July 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song uses an amazing way of describing a love triangle in such a simple yet round about way. i love it. great symbolism. injun is basically a racist or derogatory term to describe an indian.
    aarongon August 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentscissors cut paper
    paper covers rock
    rock crushes scissors
    scissors fall apart


    this makes me smile everytime i hear it cause it kinda random.

    but now i said that all you phonies are going to judge me and call me stupid and explain to me in your snobby voices with your noses held up in the air talking as if you went to a prep school with your cacky pants and sweaters around the neck judgeing people by the way they look.

    psh
    bwb909on August 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdude you spell "cacky" khaki

    Pedro Rules!
    politik10on August 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI also think it's random. and whoever wears khaki these days? with sweaters around their neck? wtf?
    kozmikon April 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis may sound absurd.
    but i think arizona was the scissors. and even that "landmass" was the one in the middle. it ended up getting it the worst.
    kambridgekidon June 09, 2006   Link

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