"Emergency Exit" as written by John Robert King, Michael S. Simpson and Beck David Hansen....
Fourteen miles away from a landfill grave
Never pawned my watch and chain
To the landlord living inside my head
Never paid my rent till the lights went dead
Then I saw my sign comin' up the road
A dead ditch waiting for to bury my load
On the avenues in the plain of day
I threw a Roosevelt dime in a bucket of rain

Now hold your hand onto the plow
Work your body till the sun goes down
What's left of death is more than fear
Let dust be dust and the good lord near
It's a little too much to ask of faith
It's a little late to wait for fate
So tell the angels what you seen
Scarecrow shadow on a Nazarene

Kindness will find you
When darkness has fallen
Round your bed
Kindness will follow
Children will wander
The end

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    General CommentThis my favorite off Guero! Anyway...

    The title, "Emergency Exit" refers to how you can use death as a means as of escape at any time. You should not, however.

    The narrator knows that his time on earth is up, and he's fine with it. He's done everything that he's set out to do, and he is fully prepared to die and "let the good Lord near." But before he goes, there's one bit of advice he has to say to those whose lives have only just begun.

    "Kindness will find you when darkness has fallen round your bed. Kindness will follow. Children will wander til the end."

    In other words, never give up when all seems lost. Kindness will find you eventually. And kids, this world is a big place. Feel free to wander and take in all it has to offer.

    With that said, he's ready to step beyond the veil that seperates life and death. He doesn't know what's waiting for him on the other side, but as he goes, its with a smile across his face.
    YanYan108on February 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song on Guero. maybe.

    love these lines:
    to the landlord living
    inside my head
    never paid my rent
    till the lights went dead
    subterranean_summeron April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this might be my favorite song on Guero as well.
    I can just imagine Beck trekking through some scene on Gunsmoke or something under the hot sun.
    SINKINGx3HEARTSon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wholeheartedly agree with YanYan's idea.

    My favorite song off of Guero, and probably my favorite song. The fusion of folk-ish rock with electronic really makes this song great.
    scarecrow826on August 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlove the image of a farmer driving the plow through the field at the beginning
    great song
    treefingers505on November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty sure the first two lines of the second verse are:

    "Now hold your handle to the plow
    Work the dirt 'till the sun goes down"

    Anybody else notice how this song shares a lot of similarities (both sound and meaning) with Farewell Ride?
    StoveCapitalon April 20, 2012   Link

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