"Time Honoured Tradition" as written by Nicholas Hodgson, Charles Richard Wilson, Nicholas Baines, James Rix and Andrew Robert White....
Well it's a time honored tradition
To get enough nutrition
Stay alive until you die and that is the end of you
And I pity the fools
Who don't recognize the rules
You cannot cheat the reaper's reap
And that is the end of that
That is the end of that [Repeat: x3]

Well it's not an old wive's tale
Too much red meat and ale
Will make you pay
Get five a day
Or that is the end of you
And it's a common misconception
But true without exception
These nights of booze catch up with yous
And that is an actual fact
That is the end of that [Repeat: x3]

Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la

It's a time honored tradition
To get enough nutrition
Stay alive until you die and
That is end of you
I pity the fools who
don't recognize the rules
You cannot cheat the reaper's reap and that's the end of that!


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"Time Honoured Tradition" as written by Charles Richard Wilson Andrew Robert White

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    General CommentI think this is just stating things that have been, and will always, be true. i.e. Stay alive until you die & These nights of booze catch up with you's.
    K-nuxXxon May 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentis it just me, or does this song sound slightly similar to the theme of "Gilligan's Island"?
    ShadowStalkeron May 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, I think this song is meaningless!
    The_Decocksteron August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about health - t'Chiefs in a nutshell really...
    You gotta love those guys!
    deliciousbiscuiton August 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMeaningless??? Are you having a laugh?

    Its about the fact that we will die! You can choose how to live your life and you can be healthy but in the end we will all die:

    "You cannot cheat the reaper's reap
    And that is the end of that"
    evil monkeyon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about food, durrh. Seriously... if you read it, listen to it, it all leads back to lunch. "to get enough nutrition" And also the sfx at the beginning, with the clanging of pots. It's about if you don't eat you'll die. And the rules are... you must eat! I think I can relate everything to lunchtime though.
    AndreaFlowerson March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell the firts time i heard this song i also had to think abpout food, perhaps its about wasting time in life? ihmm i think the song goes deeper than only the food...but dunno...well i like it cuz it grooves!
    schoofchenon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbein' a yorksheer lass i can't help thinking i've heard this song about 10 years ago sung by a group of Pierrots (black and white makeup type clowns) in Filey on the Yorkshire coast at an Edwardian Festival? could this have been the Kaisers in their early days I wonder?
    fergion May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfirst time i heard this song i assumed it was about beer

    haha nuff said
    somedudeon June 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the common know of the fact that death comes upon us all. I think the author goes on to write of examples of people that consistently ignore the fact that death is upon them, a fact that if they realized, would be potent in rendering their efforts useless.

    For example, if death is inevitable and often random (as a fact of life) is it not laughable to:
    Worry about the nutrition thing
    Worry about the boos catching up

    I think he writes from both sides.

    That's my word.
    brian wilsonon December 24, 2006   Link

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