Wake up and smell the coffee,
Rise and shine,
The early bird gets the worm,
Strike while the iron's hot,
And whistle while you work

Stay on the trail,
Keep your hands and arms inside the train,
Don't stray,
Watch your step,
And wipe your feet,
Draw inside the lines

What if you didn't know where the bad side of town was,
Where would you wander to?
So many places from which to choose
Would you let yourself be?

Don't cause a scene,
Mind your manners,
Speak only if spoken to,
You know what you are not to do,
Watch and learn

What if you never were short for time?
All meetings cancelled, clocks stopped at nine,
Without alarms the silence beams,
Invited to be

What if you never heard a word they say,
And up were down and night were day?
I bet you'd have a lot more time to play
If you'd let yourself go

Breath deep,
Speak out,
Make up your mind,
Be brave,
Follow your dreams,
Listen to you heart,
Close your eyes,
Make a wish.


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    General CommentThis song is about breaking away from societal expectations and limitations. They do a brilliant job of combining all the little maxims of "how to be a good person" into a sarcastic criticism of imposed structure. It espouses freedom and individual thought. I love them so much. So idiosyncratic.
    lyliacon May 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like how they've combined all the maxims into one great and rhytmic song, that quickly becomes addictive. I especially like the message :)
    pitypartysueon January 11, 2008   Link

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