"Symbol In My Driveway" as written by and Jack Johnson....
I've got a symbol in my driveway
I've got a hundred million dollar friends
I've got you a brand new weapon
Let's see how destructive we can be

Got a brand new set of stencils
I've been connecting all the dots
Got my plans in a zip-lock bag
Let's see how unproductive we can be

I've got a light bulb full of anger
And I can switch it on and off
Situations that can be so bright
I can't believe
How pathetic we can be

I've got a perfect set of blueprints
I'm gonna build somebody else
Might cost a little more than money
But what's man without his wealth?

I've got a phosphorescent secret
But don't you tell nobody else
Next thing you know
The whole world will be talking
About all the clues they got
They just ain't no use because

I had a mosquito on my nose
Why does a guitar have strings?


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"Symbol in My Driveway" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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    General Commentjack is talking about mr. george dubya bush..."symbol in my drive way"... "phosphorescent secret"..jack's awesome.
    seansonswifeyon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentok well im going to go out on a limb here and say that jack makes a refrence to pot... no he tours with Ben Harper all the time and every one knows that ben has been known to "burn one down" but jack never makes a reference...that is until he wrote symbol in my driveway. 'got my plans in a ziplock bag' a baggie filled with pot which he plans to smoke and 'lets see how unproductive we can be' refering to the laziness construde by the effects of marijiuana
    herbieplaysgolfon October 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think herbie is right on this one
    DjTravTravon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is on an early acoustic album that is not released but can be downloaded in certain places, I don't think this is about George W because I think this early recording was put out around the time GW was entering office the first time and was written befor that....as to the pot ref. I deffinately agree, although in the early acoustic version he says "let's see how productive we can be" not "unproductive", sarcasim maybe?
    cih420on January 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell it's quite clear what this songs intention was. our boy jack wanted to clarify his pot smoking career.

    "lets see how destructfull we can be"
    dub12on January 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis quickie song is so genius. the take on politics is awesome... of course, before reading this this song was strictly about my lack of productivity as a result of the plans in my ziplock bag. Yup.
    bugmenoton January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with a bit of everyone's opinions. I definitely think that this song is socially and very politically conscious. He seems to refer to the mentality of 'our guy' Bush. Jack makes references to "weapons of mass destruction" , nuclear war (phosphorescent secret), genetic cloning (a perfect set of blueprints), and of course his dear old dad, Osama and family, and his bro with the governor status (million dollar friends).

    He may be referring to his pot smoking days when he mentions the ziplock bag. But, I also think that he's calling Bush a dumbass. I mean, if you put in terms of lack of productivity, it makes perfect sense.
    ophelia219on January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI honestly don't understand how you could get that little out of this song. For one, NOT EVERYTHING CAN BE BLAMED ON GEORGE BUSH. The song was written before he was even president, and even if it was, what does a "phosphorescent secret" have to do with him? Do any of you even know what phosphorescent means? It's something that burns without any fire, that lets off this glow. He's personifying the secret he's talking about to make it something important and meaningful and misunderstood. NOT A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

    Apparently I was wrong to assume that people understood this song was meant to be sarcastic. It's a satire on the world, about how we're going nowhere and people are too caught up it all to realize what they're doing. "jack is talking about mr. george dubya bush..."symbol in my drive way"..." okay no. The song is supposed to serve the same purpose that a symbol in a driveway would, to get a blatant message out in the open for people to notice. I'm sorry you're too preoccupied with attempting to find references to pot and george w. bush to recognize that.
    spring_eraseson January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI honestly don't understand why you are throwing a fucking hissy fit. Surely before you posted you read the question that asked, "What does this song mean to you?"
    ophelia219on January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh and to answer your question-yes i know what it means. I interpreted the phrase 'phosphorescent secret' as a metaphor, hence the nuclear war reference, which usually involves the use of the A-bomb, that generally leaves an afterglow. By the way genius, did you write this song? Uhkay. I didn't think so.
    ophelia219on January 27, 2005   Link

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