... i can't feel my legs!
(hey, you like acid little boy?)
hey put the fireplace on

alright... here we go
get up to get down now (x4)
i don't wanna do it anymore
couldn't do it if i tried
wouldn't do it if i wanted it
i don't wanna do it anymore
couldn't do it if i tried

okay...
the moments were subtle but unstolen and guess who owns 'em
no friendly non-threatening corporate lacky mucks in the totem
lucy was in the sky with diamonds, five dollars to hold 'em
the summer beneath these pac-man's with acid behind his molars
little white tab hollerin', little white flag wagglin'
inorganic pat on back, trim the panic flat on back
back-to-back with mad hatter magic
rabid mastif collabrative splatter bachelor fabric
fatter with cabbage patch lit
dark days banded louie-louie park blaze
chemically bent-up but eager the crash for that 1-2-3 repeater
good morning vietnam, whose couch is this?
whose house is this? who are you down with bitch?
sorry dog, i dreamt the foulest shit
there was this rabbit foot talisman drowning out of my armspan
what's fouler was the other farmhands growing gills and shark fangs
what's fouler was my torso stripped to ribbons in the marshlands
but i'm up now, lets get this windowpane and shut the fuck down
down by the river where the litter sits
and lionheart critters smoke dope and act like illiterates
i ran with a brat-pack of loose bolts and high social maladjustments
sacred, numb and boundless went to same proto called cookie
well, i was dummy to some when my tongue was cradled
and my skin looks crazy, pocketbook mirror courtesy amy
theres spiders in the mattress, paisley sunglasses dilated eyes green
ice grill that could burn through your picture-in-picture widescreen
poison late-late shows starring Aes and his jigsaw face
twelve hour solid gold entertainment
other shit to sell from other ships that they sell DD paper
space invader, this one's for the labor days work for rent and rolling papers
only the illest beats leak absurdly out the boombox
the daytripper anthem goes 'wake, drop, walk to aquarium'
whistle while you work like a canary lung
all work and no play makes jack a dull boy to carry drugs
i sorta see it as my last blast summer
skateboards and sloppy psychedelics in big numbers
good times, good people... all airbrushed on a collapsable easel
peace man, easy

(L-S-D, L-S-D, L-S-D...)
and i knew the permanency would drift
and i knew the pH balance wasn't right
and i knew the crash and burn, how to caress it
LSD, flash the message
and i knew the gash wasn't gonna stop bleeding
and i knew the pH balance wasn't right
and i knew how september would then affect it... LSD
(acting differently after you hear it)

lazy summer days
like some decrepit land shark dumb luck squad dog lurks sicker diluted
last sturdy domino leads secluded don't let stupid delusions lessen
super duty labor student dragnet lifer solutions
daddy loves sloppy dimension like son-daughter links
such determinated leopards successfully dishevled
little soldiers developed like serpents despite life sentence
ducking lemmings some don't like sobriety's dirty lenses
some do let sleeping dogs lie still dont look so damn lackluster
suck defeat love some damage load sample delete
late show dave letterman shitty diner lip slide dutch
low self discipline leader seek dat lung self destruct
life sucks dickhead lost summers display
laminate showcasing difinity live system difinitive
litergies soaked depict lowly spectacular delight
... why what kind of LSD you like?
your lizard king has spoken, all hail
you in the back - get 'em up, those trails aren't necessarily bumped
summertime, some will try to re-capture the same flag
but i play it smart and recognize the summertime passed

(L-S-D, L-S-D, L-S-D)
look here... flash the mesage (x3)

like this now...
i don't wanna do it anymore
couldn't do it if i tried
wouldn't do it if i wanted it
i don't wanna do it anymore
couldn't do it if i tried
wouldn't do it if i wanted it

get up to get down now (x4)


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The Greatest Pac-Man Victory In History song meanings
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    General Commenteven people that generally like this song often don't even realize the genius behind it....Just look at the imagery behind the title itself "The Greatest Pac-Man Victory in History" I can't think of a better metaphor for a song about doing acid all the time...If you've played pac-man you see how he's always eating the white dots and one after the other and in order to win the player has to eat them all. What a perfect way to describe doing acid one summer, day after day, until all of them run out. You can even look at how pac-man has to always avoid and run away from those ghosts as a metaphor for how people that do acid all the time often take it to avoid escape and run away from their problems...the ghosts = real life problems...the white tablets = acid's escape from those problems.

    "Some will try to re-capture the same flag, but I play it smart and recognize the summertime passed."

    Anyone who has ever done acid can relate to this line...Most people that trip and experiment will never be able to relive those moments in the same way, and a lot of people who take acid a lot or on a consistent basis realize that as time passes the trips get less and less meaningful, eventful, and enjoyable. Here he's simply recognizing that rather than re-live those moments, he will move on with his life.

    Obviously there's the whole LSD second verse which is awesome...One of my favorte quotes from the second verse is "some don't like sobriety's dirty lenses" what a fucking great line and captures exactly how most people will feel when they come down from a trip and have to face the real world.

    Also in the first verse "let's get this windowpane and shut the fuck down" I cant think of any better way to describe an acid tablet then a windowpane...Acid gives a 'view' of reality from a new and different perspective....windows give people 'views' outdoors and beyond the confines of their house...Windowpane = acid is simply a great way to desrcibe it.

    Finally the chorus is simply one of the best ways to desrcibe how acid trips will almost always be like

    "Get up to get down" captures the essence of the feeling perfectly.

    I'll stop here, but I could go on for days...
    yugoon December 13, 2011   Link
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    General Commentsorry if theres a couple mistakes here or there...

    notice the pattern in the second verse... every word goes L, S, D. i can't imagine what this song is about
    bengt12on September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWoah, I never noticed that about the second verse.. every three words do start L, S, D. Aesop Rock is more amazing than I thought...
    kikujiroon November 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds like aesop telling us all about his unorthodox summer job; selling/producing acid, and how he can't do that shit anymore. i could be wrong, seeing how aesop is never easy to understand.
    kemekongkaon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti'm really impressed with the l, s, d word pattern. that just makes the song even better than it already was.
    hakon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds a bit like he's describing a summer spent doing acid all the time, rather then selling it. The first verse sounds like he's describing some personal experiences he's had with it. I'm not quite sure what to make of the second verse though. The meanings a bit hazy due to the wording of it.

    "your lizard king has spoken" sounds like a reference to The Doors, "Celebration of the Lizard"
    NothingManon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the song you play for the random kid that wanted to trip with you and your friends because he thought lsd would be "all trippy" and make him see colors like he heard on TV to show him what acid is actually about. Been there, done that.
    partyongarfon March 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about doing LSD for a summer. The summer that he considers his last summer vacation. and not just LSD but a grip of other hallucinogens.
    if it wasn't already obvious.
    modestmousenirvanaon June 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentjust to make some things clear that I think I'm reading into right: 1,2,3, Repeater is a reference to the song by Fugazi and Louie Louie is a garage-rock classic (from the 60s... LSD at its height). daytripper of course is a Beatles reference. oh and windowpane is a type of acid, not really a metaphor, it's small as fuck and clear (like a windowpane). "liturgies soaked" is reminiscent of weird stream of consciousness writing you pen on 'cid.

    I can't believe I never caught the meaning to the pac-man reference in the title! that's freaking awesome.

    and damn the LSD verse is wayyyy out there, but I think he's touching on the escapism the dude who mentioned the Pac-man ghosts was talking about. I suppose Aes feels like his time using acid was like a game that he didn't want to stay sucked into.

    the LSD verse seems to be about him coming to terms with the mindstate that led him to stop eating acid. especially this part:
    "some don't like sobriety's dirty lenses
    some do let sleeping dogs lie
    still, dont look so damn lackluster
    suck defeat, love some damage, load sample delete"
    the part before this^^ seems to show how he started to see reality in this negative light (like someone else touched on, the trips get less interesting) and then after his realization he knows that his "lost summers" are in "laminate", and basically that it was something he had to stop from, a Hi-Score, not a lifestyle.

    word, sick track,

    hopefully this y'all out in the quest to decipher it.

    peace
    huskerdudeon June 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhile this song is about LSD, it is more strongly about the working man's paradigm. It is about getting away from the endless cycle of work society puts upon itself and into the things you actually enjoy doing, the awareness of which is amplified by psychedelics. He sees that there is no light at the end of the tunnel society wants you to walk through, and would rather spend his time doing psychedelics and skateboarding with his friends than participating in the endless grind. I like how the lyrics "Get up to get down now" exemplify this idea that we wake up in the morning basically so that we can get work over with and go back to sleep.

    --
    "Some will try to re-capture the same flag, but I play it smart and recognize the summertime passed."

    Anyone who has ever done acid can relate to this line...Most people that trip and experiment will never be able to relive those moments in the same way, and a lot of people who take acid a lot or on a consistent basis realize that as time passes the trips get less and less meaningful, eventful, and enjoyable.
    --

    I don't think that's what it's about at all. Aesop Rock is realizing that he can't escape the working paradigm and that even though his friends want to play getaway forever, he knows that the society isn't gonna change and that he has to get back into it.

    "the daytripper anthem goes 'wake, drop, walk to aquarium'
    whistle while you work like a canary lung
    all work and no play makes jack a dull boy to carry drugs
    i sorta see it as my last blast summer
    skateboards and sloppy psychedelics in big numbers"

    This is not a song primarily about LSD. It is deeper than that, and explores the awareness LSD brings to you about life in the norm of society.
    xkcdhatguyon November 18, 2013   Link

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