Yeah... what... yeah...
Here we go

To inhaling crushed bones through a dried up white-out pen
and riding the backwards racer in hot june rain
and a marching blue and gold plastic bag poncho rain coat

It's a wooden coaster with a medium hill height mean
High hill to flat ground ratio you know
I'd sell my shingles for a thimble dip of snow
Back then i'da sold my single for a finger tip of blow

And us in navy blue hoodies and khakis as was the style that year
(And us in navy blue hoodies and khakis as was the style that year)
And us in navy blue hoodies and khakis

In london, where the sirens yelp like a helpless dog with his paws stepped on
And the rain comes down in late july
And the record labels call you Why?

And your eyes are slits and bags of fat
And your eyes are pissholes in the snow
And your eyes are slits and bags of fat
And your eyes are pissholes in the snow

I swear the riders on the tube tie razors to their elbows
The riders on the tube keep call cold coal in their billfolds
The riders on the tube will hide cocaine in their shell-toes
And yes yes yes, man, they'll novacaine the hello

Till the constables got pitbulls with their paw bones all stepped on
Till the constables got pitbulls with crushed bones up their nose holes
(Till the cows come home)

And us in fish net hats and canvas shoes as was the style that year
(And us in fish net hats and canvas shoes as was the style that year)
And us in fish net hats and canvas shoes as was the style that year
(And us in fish net hats and canvas shoes)
as was the style...


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    General CommentI did my best on the transcription, but a lot of it's guesswork, especially in the "riders on the tube" verse. Any suggestions for corrections are very much welcome.

    That said, although the song is explicitly about drugs, I'm not sure what Why? is trying to say about them. I'd say that drugs seem to be portrayed in a negative light in the lyrics. I don't know much about Yoni Wolf, but the line that says "Back then I'da..." seems to suggest that maybe the person whose point of view the song expresses, be it Wolf or some imagined character, is a recovering drug addict reflecting on how the experience felt and some of the common sights and occurrences during the time of the addiction.

    Anyway, it's an excellent song.
    onechadon September 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorrect lyrics:


    Here's
    To inhaling crushed bones
    through a dried up
    white out pen
    and riding the backwards racer
    in hot June rain
    in a matching blue and gold
    plastic bag / poncho / raincoat.

    It's a wooden coaster
    with a medium hill height mean,
    high hill to flat ground ratio
    you know I'd sell my shingles
    for a thimble dip of snow.
    Back then I'd've sold my single
    for a fingertip of glow.

    And us in navy blue hoodies
    and khakis, as was the style that year.

    In London,
    where the sirens yelp
    like a helpless dog
    with its paw stepped on,
    and the rain comes down in late July
    and the record labels call you Why?
    and your eyes are slits in bags of fat
    and your eyes are piss holes in the snow

    I swear,
    The riders on the tube
    tie razors to their elbows,
    The riders on the tube
    keep cold coal in their billfolds,
    The riders on the tube
    will hide cocaine in their shell toes,
    and yes yes yes man
    they'll novocaine their hello's
    Till the constables got pit bulls
    with their paw bones all stepped on
    Till the constables got pit bulls
    With crushed bones up their nose holes

    And us in fish net hat
    and canvas shoes, as was the style that year
    BURNpianoISLANDon October 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyour eyes are slits IN bags of fat.
    tjwellson December 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI'm sure that this song isn't solely about drugs.I think it's just about times...and how they change...
    gohuggabyon April 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood job but a few minor corrections:

    "white felt pen" should be "white-out pen"

    "The riders on the tube keep call callin' their cell phones" should be "The riders on the tube keep cold coal in their belt folds" (i think..)

    the "Do the constables.." parts should be "Till the constables.."

    and right after that part, you hear someone say in the background "Till the cows come home"


    i'm not sure the last two lines in the "riders on the tube" part but you did as good a job as i could've at figuring them out.

    also, good song. about coke addiction.
    thecomaimprxnton October 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClearly about coke. Great song.
    Holmon November 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti swear the riders on the tube tie razors to their elbows,
    the riders on the tube keep cold coal in their billfolds,
    i swear the riders on the tube hide cocaine in their shell-toes.

    ^CORRECT.
    sithieon November 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure, "And your eyes are slits and bags of fat"

    should be "And your eyes are slits in bags of fat"

    And I'm also pretty sure, "Till the constables got pitbulls with their car phones all stepped on"

    should be, "Till the constables got pitbulls with their paw bones all stepped on"
    Yrtlzmoon December 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeing from Cincinnati i know what the Backwards Racer reference is.....King's Island ftw
    icouldseethedudeon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this live version I have, he says:

    "I'd trade my sister for a fingertip of blow
    back then I'd have sold my single for a thimble dip of snow"

    He prefaces the song by saying it's the first one on the new album, so I would imagine it had already been recorded (this was before EE had been released). I wonder why he didn't stick with that line.

    RIght now there's an add for cocaine drug tests on this page. Coincidence?
    james85on January 26, 2008   Link

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