A million times a day I try to fail or fail to try
It's an easy way to live, it's a lifeless way to die
I used to hear, "Son, you've got a lot to learn"
I used to hear a lot...like the slow, dull burn
Of paper and tobacco and his bad breath smoke
Singin' "Hey man, lemme tell you a joke"
"Well what's attached to a leash that it made itself?"
"The punchline is the way that you've been fucking yourself."

Sit down, shut up, it's a long ride yet
I'm here to tell you something that's not easy to forget
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a goddamned shame
One day until retirement, it was God's way

I'm ready or not
You're here I come
There's tears on my cheeks
There's tears on my cheeks
From being so dumb

There's proof painted on the roof
And it's raining, and I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, I hate it
(x4)

Things have changed forever
We're the ramblin' boys of pleasure
Things have changed, things have changed forever
We're the ramblin' boys of pleasure
(x2)


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    General CommentTheir best song live, at least from the December show in Minneapolis...close second goes to "100 Resolutions"

    There's just something about getting 150 people to scream "We're the ramblin' boys of pleasure" as loud as they can...
    X405pastmidnighton April 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentgodDAMNit, i'm so jealous. the lawrence arms have only come to miami ONCE (at least in the past couple years), and my grandpa was in the hospital at the time. i want so badly to see them live, it's killing me. hearing that caused me serious physical pain, seeing as how insanely amazing the ramblin' boys of pleasure is. it seems that the lawrence arms are one of the only bands in punk who are actually progressing with their music. almost every band i can think of has gotten worse since their first record, however the larry arms continue to amaze me time and time again. it's weird, they actually became LESS poppy. not that apathy and exhaustion was a "poppy album" per se, but it had choruses and all that stuff (it's still one of the best records, in my humble opinion, of all time), and the greatest story ever told goes back to their old minute-and-a-half-ridiculously-fast style, with more maturity and style. not on the ramblin' boys of pleasure necessarily, seeing as its a slower song, but that's just my take on the record itself. as far as the song goes, i think it might possibly be my favorite on the album. brendan and chris have such perfect vocal dynamics, the dual vocals ALWAYS work. the back-ups chris does on the "i hate it" part give me chills. it's sick. i think my favorite line is "it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a goddamn shame." the close second is: "'what's attached to a leash that it made itself?'/the punchline is the way that you've been fucking yourself."
    drewlermanon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so great
    i'm constantly trying to fail

    i wish i could write like that - :sigh:
    CAfferson May 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone else hear an old man in the background singing the 'ramblin' boys of pleasure' part? because its a really deep voice in the back, and its great.
    wecantalkorjustkisson January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I did catch the old man singing. This is one of my favorite songs by them. Hopefully they'll play it on July 10th when I go see them.
    dyingstarton June 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcould someone please explain the meaning of this song... this is one i cant get no matter how many times i listen to it... especially the whole joke part...
    tsscrowon July 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis reminds me of when a group of my friends went away for the summer. i was dead worried that they'd come back totally different people 'things have changed forever, we're the rambling boys of pleasure', that what it sorta meant to me, but thankfully they've not changed too much.
    nicklaneon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentat a show i was at brendan said this song is about victory records. basically, TLA hates them. not the bands, just them.
    wishuwerehere224on August 21, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"One day until retirement, it was God's way"

    I'm sure this isn't what this song is about, but I imagine this being a tribute to a grandfather, possibly, who smoked and told raunchy jokes. He was in law enforcement and died in duty on the last day of his career. That whole image makes me cry.

    "at a show i was at brendan said this song is about victory records. basically, TLA hates them. not the bands, just them."

    I wonder how specifically it relates to Victory Records? No matter the subject, it's such a sad song.
    ikickedagirlon December 14, 2009   Link

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