"Busting Up a Starbux" as written by and Dan Wilson Mike Doughty....
It will always be
The end of time
The end of law
The end of life

The dogs will howl
And yank the leash
From tree to tree
From each to each

Does the man who makes the shoes own you, clown? You can't
Even pry the name plate off, now can you? Fix it
With your tiny fist there--James
Van Der Beek and them sisters from Sister, Sister

The only one that's ever felt this is you
The force that's forcing you
To feel like
Busting up a starbux
Busting up a starbux

This bitter drink
Has made you drunk
The thoughts you think
Become unthunk

The sky's ablaze
The sea is too
The water's red
The flames are blue

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"Busting Up a Starbux" as written by Mike Doughty Dan Wilson


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    General CommentI've heard that he wrote this song after seeing a newspaper photo of someone in a protest kicking at the window of a Starbucks, and he was wearing Nikes. Doughty thought that this showed he was only doing that because it was trendy, like the shoes. James van der Beek and the Mowry sisters were examples of people who were trendy when the song was written, which was clearly a long time ago.
    teiladnamon October 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love how at the end of the live version he says how he's a "patsy for the man" cracks me up every fuckin' time.
    lost_in_twlighton April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoughty said during a radio show interview that this song was about misplaced agression
    eviruson July 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not saying this song is religious at all but there are a few small lines that remind me of Bible passages

    "this bitter drink"
    Matthew 27:34
    "They gave him wine mixed with bitter drink"

    "the water's red"
    Psalm 105:29
    He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die.

    "The end of the law"
    Romans 10:4
    "Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes."

    "each to each"
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. T.S. Eliot,
    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

    Reading way into this but still random thoughts
    johnielsen08on January 15, 2008   Link

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