I woke up thirsty on an island in the sea.
I woke up hungry with hungry cougars surrounding me.

I hit the soft spot on the soft spot on my head.
It made me tired so I sung from my bed

I'm ready to die
I'm ready to die
I'm ready to die

A sword, a switchblade,
any way you cut it,
I'm not afraid,
I know I'm going to get it.

Oh maker of such fine products
as palm trees, and the dead sea...
Don't pardon me, there's nothing rude.
Things conclude—things conclude!

As I slurred that chorus, the ghost's got
Biggie Smalls sounds like a trill.
The death's sweat suits me,
a death threat provides a thrill.

I've seen the world, I've kissed all the pretty girls.
I've said my goodbyes and now I'm ready to die.

Lyrics submitted by jsparisinflames, edited by adngai

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    General CommentNot to disagree with everyone, but I"m almost positive this song is about war. Its filled with subtle war references.
    Lets break it down:

    First of all, the speaker of the song is on a desert island in the dead sea. Where is the dead sea? the middle east. Its a desert, kind of like the one we are fighting a war in.

    Oh maker has a beautiful little double meaning. Obviously its sounds like its to God, but who is it really to? Its to the maker, the person who convinced this guy to join the army.
    Thats why he says "Don't pardon me" instead of "pardon me, but." because he's saying "don't pardon me from the army because I want to die out here I am ready to die."

    The death threat provides a thrill fits perfect in an army setting. Thats how a lot of people view the concept of joining the armed forced.
    Ever read an old navy advertisement? Seen the slogan "Join the army and see the world" ever before.
    Thats what the second to last line is in reference to.
    I've kissed all the pretty girls is an illustration of the romanticized concept of leaving your lover, the one pretty girl in the world, behind to wait for you to return so you can marry her.

    ----- This has nothing to do with the army, but there is a great little double meaning in the song the alludes to biggie smalls
    The first meaning is what is printed. As the character is dying, the ghosts get big all around them and he hears weird little sounds like a drill.

    The other one is in reference to a rapper whose only non-posthumous release was called "ready to die", biggie smalls, and its a comment that "biggie smalls sounds like a drill."

    This is interesting when you look at the first song the Island's album "return to the sea", which is in many ways a sequel to this album, is called Swans (Life After Death)

    Life After Death is of course the posthumous release of rapper Biggie Smalls.

    I hope that brings some light to this song.
    theladiesinmydreamson September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so great. I heard it on a winamp radio station and have been hooked to the unicorns ever since. I looked for their cd forever... being too young to order it from the internet. I finally found it at wWarped Tour at a booth selling cds.
    lamerooskion September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt was hard for me to find their CD also. my local Tower Records ordered it from a far away Tower. it was cool! like...special treatment i dunno! lol but since i saw them with my boyfriend at the Ben Kweller concert i have loved them.
    iluvmyfender129on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti also some them at the ben kweller concert. they were better live than expected, i was waiting for them to come around the area for the longest time! anyways, this has to be one of my favorite songs.

    i noticed that the order of the songs, are from life to death. and this song is obviously titled ready to die, and is almost last on the cd.
    e1ectricloveon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis one is great... especially that cough at the end!
    arwhynon April 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, good song. Sounds like the person feels like they are free to say anything because they aren't afraid of paying the consequence (death). The "oh maker..." part is simple too. The person is speaking to god. Again with the ranting verse towards the end: I thought he says "...Biggie Smalls (as in the notorius B.I.G.) sounds like a drill" guess I was wrong. Good either way.
    vulvaloveon July 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is probably the last song I'll ever listen to before I kill myself.
    axemrangerson October 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmust say Biggie Smalls
    Idonotsleepon December 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Unicorns are relativly easy to find, A&B Has them as does HMV every now and then.

    It's the LP's and 7" that are hard to come by now, if you see one GRAB IT.

    This was my favourite song when I was 13.

    "I think this is probably the last song I'll ever listen to before I kill myself." is chliche beyond words, cliche isn't the Unicorns.

    Besides this song is about realising Defeat (like life is being taken away) are you going to go out defeated? or on your own terms?
    orestes.on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsorry these guys are not that complex, they are pretty damn straightforward.
    mw828on April 21, 2008   Link

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