One day you blew across the water after racing through the countdown,
Spewing ancient wisdom like your friends the revelations had come,
And they were looking for me.
I took the red-eye back to glory but the more I got the facts straight,
It turns out that the story's getting shorter,
And what I want to know is: will it happen to me?

Can't take them out, can't take them out with baby artillery.
Can't take them, can't take them out,
Lady, it's secretarial. Secretarial.

We've been divided, we've decided it's a problem we can live with,
The motion to defeat it is repeated,
And what I want to know is: will it happen to me?
So come on, let the son in, we've been gunning for promotion,
Postering the slogans on the roadsigns,
But I want to know when it happens to me.

Lyrics submitted by Kurt Russell

Secretarial song meanings
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    My InterpretationI want to say it's something to do with Bush and Irag ("Spewing ancient wisdom like your friends", "So come on, let the son in, we've been gunning for promotion") but I'm not sure who "me" is. Bottom line: it's a bomb tune.
    IGotIton January 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.... keep it up body

    pd. Tired of not getting the meaning -_-. joke
    MeaningLezzon July 09, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationWow, I wasn't sure what this was about, but war never entered my mind. I had thought the refrain started "Can't take the math", so the song had something to do with someone taking an administrative job because they didn't have an advanced education. Hence, Secretarial. Haha, I was way off.

    I think IGotIt got it, except that the song is more about Dick Cheney, who was the link between the US presidents Bush. Under H. W. Bush, Cheney was Secretary of Defense, leading the nation to the first Iraq war in the early 90s. Under George W. Bush, he was Vice-President, and was rumored to have pulled his superior's strings in order to get the military back to the Middle East to finish the job. The line "let the son in, we've been gunning for promotion" represents the former Cabinet Secretary wanting to move up to VP, and "The motion to defeat it is repeated" would then be the Congressional vote to go back to war after the 9/11/2001 destruction of the World Trade Center.

    Furthermore, "We've been divided, we've decided it's a problem we can live with" speaks of the general split between hawkish Republicans and dove-ish Democrats in the US government about going to war. The situation became a non-issue for the military-minded Cheney since he was able to get legislation passed approving an invasion of Iraq in both cases.

    The repeated line, "will it happen to me?" refers to the 2007 assassination attempt by a suicide bomber on the Vice President while he was in Afghanistan seeking Pakistan's help in defeating the Taliban. The US at the time had been having difficulty wiping out their foe with traditional Western weapons, i.e. "baby artillery".

    "Lady, it's secretarial" may be directed at the US Secretary of State between the Bush presidencies, Madeleine Albright and/or the much Republican-despised wife of the Democratic head of state who served between them, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ironically, she would later become "Secretarial" when president Barrack Obama named her to the same Cabinet post Albright had occupied.
    camshr0non June 11, 2011   Link

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