Any chimp can play human for a day
Use his opposable thumbs to iron his uniform
And run for office on election day
Fancy himself a real decision maker
And deploy more troops than salt shakers

But it's a jungle when war is made
And you'll panic and throw your own shit at the enemy
The camera pulls back to reveal your true identity
Look, it's a sheep in wolf's clothing
A smoking gun holding ape

Any asshole can open up a museum
Put all of the things he loves on display
So everyone could see them
The house, a car, a thoughtful wife
Ordinary moments in his ordinary life

But if she breaks a smile, she'll give you away
Because no one wants to pay to see her happiness
No one wants to pay to see her day-to-day
And I'm not buying it, either
But I'll try selling it anyway

Any idiot can play Greek for a day
And join a sorority or write a tragedy
And articulating all that pain
And maybe you'll get paid

But it's a sin when success complains
And your writer's block, it don't mean shit
Just throw it against the wall and see what sticks
Got to write a hit
I think this is it
It's a hit

And if it's not
Then it's a holiday for hanging
Yeah, it's a holiday for hanging
Yeah, it's a holiday for hanging
Yeah, it's a holiday for hanging
Yeah, shoo bop, shoo bop, my baby

Any fool can play executioner for a day
And say with fingers pointed in both directions
"He went thataway"
It's only a switch or syringe
Exempt from eternal sins
But you still wear a cross
And you think you're going to get in

Ah, but the pardons never come from upstairs
They're always a moment too late
But it's entertainment
Keep the crowd on their toes
It's justice, we're safe
It's not a hit, it's a holiday
Shoo bop, shoo bop, my baby

It's a holiday for hanging, yeah
It's a holiday for hanging, yeah
It's a holiday for hanging, yeah
It's a holiday for hanging, yeah

I'm a holiday for hanging
I'm a holiday for hanging
I'm a holiday, yeah
I'm a holiday for hanging

It's a holiday for hanging, yeah


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    General CommentI don't necessarily take the chimp reference to relate directly to George Bush - Jenny doesn't write lyrics that pointless. I think she's really just criticizing the politcal system in general, saying that any chimp could run for office and go to war. I also don't see why a song that emphasizes the evils of hypocrisy is necessarily uninteresting. In poetry or song, the matter is less of what is said than how it is said. But even still, she brings up good points.
    Overall, I'd say it's a good song and surely not the "weakest song Jenny has written."
    ohinvertedworldon December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was playing when i went into the orthodontist's office the other day. i couldn't keep myself from laughing when the line ".. panic and throw your own shit at the enemy .." came through.
    clarkgableon September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoa.. your orthodontist actually plays rilo kiley? now, that's awesome. whenever i go to to the doctor or dentist, it's always some phil collins song playing over the speakers.
    kamanakaon September 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey played this song on the jimmy kimmel show, and half of it was being bleeped out.
    paper hearts ripon November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentevery band on saddle creek seems to write a song along these sort of lines, the whole writers block, success, hit, bit. for cursive it's "sink to the beat" and for bright eyes it's probably false advertising.

    all about society hypocrisy pressure pain in songs whatever. it's a trend but that doesn't mean it's a bad song..

    the lyrics are catchy, well-written, the video is awesome.

    so i dont think it's bad at all, it's not the deepest or personal song but whatever
    past_past_presenton December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlame, really? though it wasnt like the other rk songs that tend to perfectly articulate the most hard-to-explain emotions, i thought this was really clever in the way it bites at so many things in just one song. and i very much understand this part: "Any idiot can play Greek for a day
    and join a sorority or write a tragedy
    and articulating all that pain
    and maybe you'll get paid

    but it's a sin when success complains
    and your writers block, it don't mean shit "
    lemonjellyon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas far as the political part of this song, i think its excellent. i think it just depends on what side youre on, so to speak :-) this song has a lot of anger in it, but internal. its like something you think, not say. all the things you stop yourself from blurting out, then they all just come over you and you explode.
    imajaron February 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis doesn't have to be about Bush, it can apply for any political leader. This political song is def. one of my favorites out of all the political songs that are out there now. I love this song.
    Heather200408on May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^Yeah...I mean really what modern American president is great (or even good)?
    Varietyon August 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm i think this is a bit of a boring song.

    I didn't think it was george bush, it's anybody that thinks they can fake something. Whether that be top a top sales man or president.

    'Use his opposable thumbs to iron his uniform ' that line is really intersting if you like Phillip Pullmans books..
    tigersroamfreeon November 12, 2005   Link

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