there's a guy I'd like to thank
he signs the checks and leaves them blank
he's the one

he says you don't have to walk a plank
the game is rigged, go fig your
slide show tanked, and your flagship sank

so we're taking all our myths to the bank
so just don't, don't forget to thank
we're taking our myths to the
drinking a fifth to the
we're taking all our myths to the bank, oh no

if you could just do him this favor
although it might involve child labor
join his entourage, give him a foot massage
from Star Search to the Philharmonic
he'll get you there with Hooked on Phonics
he's the one to know, doesn't matter if you blow
no, no, no, no, fact it's just the thing
he thinks we're needing
it's a lukewarm liquid diet they're force feeding
when the words we use have lost their bite
now they hit you like an imaginary pillow fight
oh, but it's all right, yea, cause you're inside,
and you're in tight

deals in commodities of the abstract sort
buys them in bulk but then he sells it short
talent, genius, love, even signs of affection
he floods the market, there's no price protection

and when his master plan is unfurled
there stands a handsome bid
on the weather systems, of the world


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  • +2
    General CommentI think this is Andrew's sideswipe at God and Religion

    The guy he'd like to thank --> God
    Who says you don't have to walk the plank --> Death
    Myths to the bank --> Religions are myths that people bank on
    Child labor --> Religions use children in their services
    Liquid diet their force feeding --> Forcing children into religions before they have the mental capabilities to decide for themselves
    Word's have lost their bite --> The Bible's morals are now outdated
    etc...

    All the words seem to fit perfectly under this interpretation for me, but use your own sense.
    PigWingon September 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess you could relate it to record companies, but when you read the whole song it seems as though as it's about our capitalist governent, especially the last verse of the song, describing the impact it has not only on ourselves but our environment as well.
    JonnyCashon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentweather systems.... the album he made and released while working on The Mysterious Production of Eggs.

    This song seems to mention in passing the demise of "Andrew Birds Bowl of Fire":

    he says you don't have to walk a plank
    the game is rigged, go fig your
    slide show tanked, and your flagship sank
    j.enslowon January 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"he's the one to know, doesn't matter if you blow
    no, no, no, no, fact it's just the thing
    he thinks we're needing
    it's a lukewarm liquid diet they're force feeding"

    I don't know if I'm just being thick, but to me this is plainly about fellatio
    danny955on August 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song is equal parts whimsical and scathing allegory.

    The song is painting a picture of a devil or malevalent god. This subject deals in "abstract" commodities which include human qualities (genius, love, talent) or things generally uncontrollable by humans (weather systems). The economic terminology serves as a contradiction to draw the listener into the song: the things being traded are not fungible nor in the realm of man's control. Yet the terms mirror the feeling a listener may have about the near-omnipotent power of international banking, trading in the lifeblood of hapless plebs. The amoral ruthlessness of the banking industry reinforces our view of the Subject and the description of the Subject reinforces our views of the banking industry, while the two are clearly seperate constructs.

    A second, perhaps more compelling contradiciton is the music that plays as Bird sings "on the weather systems of the world". The Subject's workings have been efforts in teasing out mankind to be mediocre as possible (lukewarm, star search, doesn't matter if you blow). Yet ultimately what the Subject achieves from this work in mediocrity is something epic (weather system control) and is not reflected in the music as another step towards mediocrity but rather a stark change from the precussion-forward sensibility of the song to a sweeping, epic violin phrasing... the Subject is ultimately transforming the world in an epic way via mediocrity. This is, as stated at the beginning, a contradiction that doesn't have a clear cut meaning but allows the listener to ponder ways such an idea could unfold.
    starchyon September 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really don't know anything about the music industry, but from what I've heard and the impression I get from it, I think this song is about record companies.

    I love the lines :
    "he's the one to know, doesn't matter if you blow
    no, no, no, no, fact it's just the thing
    he thinks we're needing
    it's a lukewarm liquid diet they're force feeding
    when the words we use have lost their bite
    now they hit you like an imaginary pillow fight"
    bobwronskion July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line is "the game is rigged, go figure."

    I see this as him seeing record companies taking in such creativity and then hacking it up to turn out the best selling product.

    And then a comparison to how that is just like our capitalist society sometimes works, although you may have a great amount of creativity in your profession, it doesn't matter if it won't sell the best.
    ClickForthon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf you look at the lyrics sheet it actually *does* say "go fig your", even though that doesn't seem to make sense. I think perhaps he's making a pun on "go figure"; you know how sometimes people will say that they "don't give a fig" about something when a certain other word that starts with f could also be used? Maybe it's "go fig your" as in "go fig yourself".
    destroyalltacoson June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that "go fig your..." means both "go figure" AND "go figure, your"

    it's kinda like:

    "I love you love me"

    where you use one word (or in this case, part of a word "ure") instead of using both. does that make sense?
    bittersweet637on August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMyths to the bank makes me think of cashing in on religion.
    Hyperboleon September 29, 2006   Link

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