"Belt" as written by and Max Bemis....
I wouldn't sell my belt to industry
So they carded me
And they carted me off.
Naked with that belt around my waist

It was my father's once
I still see his face
They carted me off.
But I managed to escape the good gendarme

And I fled through field and farm stripped of natural charm
Naked but that belt I wear so well
Past the pyramids
And the liberty bell

Hey this is something I have to do for myself
I have to for myself.
I ignored the sheep and shepherds on my way
What could their small words say

When they say them that way
Bathed in sweat and feathered as a crow
I laid a beating on the sleet and snow
With my frostbitten toes.

I remained unrecognized in my home town
Beneath my monstrous gown
Of feather and down
But I gathered up and army made of those

Who aimed to shake them
From their repose
We took up weapons
And took off our clothes

So what say you
And all your friends
Meet all of my friends
In the alley with knives

What say you
And all your friends
Step up to my friends
In the alley tonight


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"Belt" as written by Max Bemis

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    General CommentNaked but that belt I wear so well

    Best phrase ever!
    gustavo_on June 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou're all wrong. This song is OBVIOUSLY about Pootie Tang.
    Whoabroon March 26, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI would like to say one more thing. If you didn't catch it in the unscripted opening then you should of realized it with the open line, "I wouldn't sell my belt to industry..." meaning the music industry and the media in general utilize musicians' mental illnesses to make a couple of bucks. They did it to Jimi Hendrix, Ian Curtis (Joy Division), Kurt Cobain, etc. And Max wouldn't sell himself out to a major label where they would use his mental illness as a ploy to make money. "His lyrics are so talented. His bi-polar swings are expressed in 'Yellowcat (slash) Redcat". Of course it was inevitable because the media wears down and tears apart every and anything they want. It's a shame because having a mental illness isn't a gift..
    infmoeon June 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAn amazing song, by an even more amazing band. Say Anything Is A Real Boy is, honestly, the best album I've heard in the last two years of my life, rivaled only by The Mars Volta's De-Loused In The Commatorium.

    I'm none to sure what this song is about, but (and keep in mind, I've watched Fight Club three or four times this week) it seems to be an almost anti-capitalist song. I imagine a man, refusing to abide by the system, forced out of society with nothing but that which they can't take away from him- his belt, perhaps a metaphor for the experiences and influences in his life, and all the things he's learned. An outcast from society, he wanders the land alone. In time, he finds that he is not alone. He raises an army. He fights back, ending in a rousing challenge, perhaps to everyone listening. "What say you/ and all your friends/step up to my friends/ in the alley tonight"

    I don't know, I could be wrong, but either way it's a great song. The above is just this reporters opinion.
    LowLevelOwl054on October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the acoustic version, especially when he freaks out at the end.
    TheEnemyWithin88on November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song especially the end. I think this song is just about rebellion, since he kinda says that at the beginning of the song the whole intro. I love Say Anything, you really can't appreciate them until you see them live, they're amazing. At the end of this song, when I saw them, John Nolan and Jesse Lacey and John's girlfriend came on stage to sing. It was awesome.
    budecksteron January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't quite understand what's happening. The references to feathers and down may symbolize freedom. he's naked because he has no shame/nothing to hide. he and his friends are fighting the norms and steroetypes. Something like that sounds right.
    purplethunderon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't quite understand what's happening. The references to feathers and down may symbolize freedom. he's naked because he has no shame/nothing to hide. he and his friends are fighting the norms and steroetypes. Something like that sounds right.
    purplethunderon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentokay well i read that labels have been trying to sign max bemis (lead singer of say anything) since he was in 8th grade. to me, his refusing to sell his "belt" to industry is him refusing to sell out and do the type of music that they wanted him to do. instead he took the long rode and made his own band and recorded his own album the way that he wanted to. he recorded almost all of "is a real boy" by himself except for the drum tracks. so i guess the weapons and friends part is about him and his band showing the industry that he can make it on their own. thats what i take at least.
    mfflbtnon May 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe last part is like west side story.

    So what say you
    And all your friends
    Meet all of my friends
    In the alley with knives
    rock_scissorson November 04, 2005   Link

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