To all my killaz, and my hundred dolla billaz
To emo kids that got too many feelings

He held the register open while he counted her change
I was next in line, which meant I was invisible
From where I stood, I could see that the till was full
He didn't look the type to play super-hero,
So I stepped forth and paid for my cigarettes
Crept out the store's front door to chase a little breath
Bangles in my head, shake the song off
Another Manic Monday night, it's gonna be a long walk
A car pulled up - a fixed up Cutlass
A woman and a child climbed out and left it runnin'
They went inside of the deli,
Placed an order with the extra dollar-fifty bottled water, cause the daughter's picky
When they came out, mommy gave me a glance that said,
'Man can love an angel, but he's gotta take the chance'
Already knew the deal, I lit one up, and walked
So they got back in their Oldsmobile, belted up, and took off

Thug love on the corner by the Walgreens
Lookin' at me like I'm just another square saltine
As I get closer, I notice they're showin' each other sketches out of their notebooks
reminded me of my old roots
I walked past with a nod and a reminisce,
Swear to God, hip hop and comic books was my genesis.
Respect the life, and the fashions of the children
It's the only culture I've got, exactly what we've been buildin'

All of a sudden, I'm in front of some man - no, he's a youngin'
But he's got a gun in his hand
He looks 15, he looks frantic, no, he looks afraid
Immediately apprehensive til' I heard him say,

'Do you want this? It's not mine, I promise
I found it on my block in-between a couple garages
Didn't want to leave it for a child to stumble over
I don't even know how to hold it.'

It was a 38, the poor man's machete
Held it in my hand, thinkin' "damn man, it's heavier than expected"
Wedged it behind my belt buckle, knowin' that it's evil
Even thought that I could smell trouble
The extra strength felt weak, but over there on the corner
Saw what I needed, and proceeded to cross the street
Put the heat in a mailbox, to lose it
Figured that the Post Office knows what's best to do with it

Mosey down the road, thinkin' 'bout the old
I used to roam this zone through two feet of snow
Right here, this used to be a record shop
I've gotten love, I've gotten drunk, I've gotten beat up in that parking lot
I've had my Lake Street pride for 3 decades
These alley ways and these street lights have seen my best days
Before I was a germ, learnin' how to misbehave
All the way to the grave, Southside is my resting place

Took a ride on Lyndale, I'm gettin' near
But then the road became empty, and the people disappeared
The clouds ran away, opened up the sky
And one by one I watched every constellation die
And there I was, frozen, standin' in my back yard
Face to face, eye to eye, starin' at the last star
I should have known, walked all the way home
To find that she wasn't here, I was still all alone

No matter where I am, no matter what I do
I'm always coming back home to you
They can leave me for dead, they can take away my truth
I'm always coming back home to you
Through the lies and the sins that ride the wind that blew
I'm always coming back home to you
As sure as the life in the garden that you grew
I'm always coming back home to you

No matter where I am, no matter what I do
I'm always coming back home to you
If only I had known what you already knew
I'm always coming back home to you
From the heaven I've had to the hell I've been through
I'm always coming back home to you

I'm always coming back home to you


Lyrics submitted by ~earthworm~, edited by lachrist

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  • +3
    General Commenttyl3r3, i think your on to something.

    I think the beginning of the song is all about the evil temptations in life.
    "He held the register open, while he counted her change
    I was next in line, which meant I was invisible
    From where I stood, I could see that the till was full
    He didn’t look the type to play super-hero," -He could have robbed the store blind, but didn't, just observed its possibility.
    "A car pulled up – a fixed up Cutlass
    A woman and a child climbed out, and left it runnin’
    They went inside of the deli," -The gutless he could have stole.
    "All of the sudden, I’m in front of some man – no he’s a youngin’
    But he’s got a gun in his hand" -And heres when he sees the evil turned on him "until he heared him say..."

    Its like a weird story of the devil tempting jesus.
    kaorutheimpaleron December 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti cant believe no one else noticed this but think about it....

    everything in the begining suggest's that slug was thinking about robbing the store, and there was a perfect oppertunity:
    the running car,
    he was 'invisable' as he was second in line
    the till was full,
    the kid didnt look like the 'superhero' type........now think about it, what if that kid brought slug the gun on his way into the store?

    i think the songs brilliant because of those subtle hints.

    what do you guys think of this?
    tyl3r3on January 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest atmosphere song ever!
    dudethatnotfunnyon January 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdefinetly one of my favorite Atmosphere songs.
    Netszrlon June 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyea i think this song is deep you kno. its not so cut and dry. hidden meanings and what not. but what i got is that no matter where you go in life you always have the place you grew up to go back to. and Sean is saying "always coming back home to you." You meaning Minnesota. and the hidden song near the end just shows seans respect of his home town. and no matter how screwed up your place may be its home.
    happymess3on August 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIve never heard a more inspiring artist than slug. All of his lyrics just have so much meaning to them and ant lays down the sickest beats. Ive been to 3 atmosphere concerts and they were the best nights ever. Every time i listen to his songs I feel like i am in a diffrent world with nothing to worry about.
    adamsongson August 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song really intrigues me, here's a long, messy interpretation:

    If you're ever trying to understand something that Slug is saying, you really have to look deep into every lyric. For instance:

    "Bangles in my head, shake the song off
    Another Manic Monday night, it's gonna be a long walk"

    In the song "Manic Monday", the protagonist (who is a woman...well, I suppose a man when you think about the fact that Prince wrote the song) wants to spend time with his/her loved one but can't because they must go to work, a possible reflection of how Slug is constantly touring, trying to make ends meat, but never spending time with the mother of his son nor his son himself (just listen to "Little Man" for confirmation on that).

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    I don't know why but I think he's talking about his mother in the final verse, or possibly God, or the mother of his son. This song has a hidden message to it, especially when one looks at these lines:

    They can leave me for dead, they can take away my true
    Through the lies and the sins that ride the wind that blew
    As sure as the life in the garden that you grew
    If only I had known what you already knew

    (Slug switches "As sure as the life in the garden that you grew" to "As sure as the life in the stomach that she grew" on the Sad Clown Bad Dub 13 performance)

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    I'm reminded very much of "The River" when I hear this song, because they both deal with growing up.
    On top of that, the references to "the wind" and then almost immediately after it "the garden" reminds me of the lines:

    "We could sit in the shade and discuss the meaning of sacred
    'cause I can't see the garden no more, just the aphids
    but the wind still blows, and the plants still grow"

    There's a very strong religious sentiment in both songs. Look at the syntax here:

    "Swear to God hip hop and comic books was my genesis."

    God and Genesis (the first book of the Bible) are both mentioned and notice how he says "was" as opposed to "were", possibly a nod to the fact that he is actually only referring to Hip-Hop, or possibly comic books.

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    I believe that "The River" is ultimately about the fact that he has failed both his mother and the mother to his son, so I suppose that should be applied here.

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    Took a ride on Lyndale, I'm gettin' near
    But then the road became empty, and the people disappeared
    The clouds ran away, opened up the sky
    And one by one, I watched every constellation die
    And there I was frozen, standin' in my backyard
    Face to face, eye to eye, starin' at the last star
    I should have known, walked all the way home
    To find that she wasn't here, I was still all alone

    Take good note of the reference to constellations here, because they feature fairly prominently in Atmosphere songs (Slug enjoys mentioning that he is a Virgo quite often, along with him mentioning the fact that his father is Aquarius and his mother is Pisces in "Don't Ever Fucking Question That"). One thing I've noticed here is how he mentions that he is "in his back yard" but then says that he "walked all the way home", was he not home already if he was in his backyard?.

    Finally, throughout the song we get a sense of completion, "I did this" or "I used to be this" or "I was this". Even the constellations and clouds seem to have dispersed in a tight and neat way, "one by one I watched every constellation die". However, in the last two lines, we see an incompletion with "she" not being there, with she, in my opinion, being either his girl or a metaphor for the wife that he has always wanted but never had. Then he begins to say "No matter where I am, no matter what I do, I'm always come back home to you" despite the fact that "she" isn't home.

    In conclusion, Slug has gone through so many trials and tribulations but the one thing that is always on his mind, the one thing (or person) that he always returns to is that he still is without a wife. I back this up through lyrics on the song "The Arrival":

    "C'mon, I'm just a cat searching for a clean lap to crash,
    In a world hurting, waiting for their turn to take a nap.
    Sorting through the bills, fan mail, and life threats.
    Wondering why the postman ain't delivered my wife yet?"

    Not just in "The Arrival" but also songs like "The Ocean" and "Body Pillow" he speaks about a similar type of topic.

    That's simply an interpretation, there are loads of other things that could be said about this song. By "she" he could be referring to Minneapolis, who knows. There are a few things that I haven't touched so I encourage you all to keep thinking away!.
    eldorrado57on March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll of the sudden, I’m in front of some man – no he’s a youngin’
    But he’s got a gun in his hand
    He looks 15, he looks frantic, no – he looks afraid
    Immediately apprehensive ‘till I heard him say,
    “Do you want this? It’s not mine, I promise
    I found it on my block in-between a couple garages
    Didn’t want to leave it for a child to stumble over
    I don’t even know how to hold it.”

    Don't know what it is about that line...but damn.
    mavrixon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know what u mean man. such a good line
    double_bfon May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI’ve had my Lake St. pride for 3 decades
    These alleyways, and these streetlights have seen my best days
    Before I was a germ, learnin’ how to misbehave
    All the way to the grave – Southside is my resting place

    --I grew up right off of Lake, and that line just gets to me every time I hear it.
    JakedOnGreenBeerson May 03, 2004   Link

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