"Bank Job" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
It was an upset
In two minutes flat
We're back on the freeway
Foot to the mat

I can't understand it
We had it down pat
It's very upsetting
Could we leave it at that

We all had positions
We each had a role
We'd overrehearsed it
We had full control

They can't teach you acting
It's there in your soul
It's the same with a bank job
And each thing we stole

So I don't need attitude
'Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
And wait by the phone

I was the driver
You ran the show
You had the last word
The go or no go

I knew every laneway
In Ontario
But it's not what you're sure of
It's what you don't know

It should have been filled with
The usual ones
Throwing their cash in
To mutual funds

We all had our ski masks
And sawed off shotguns
But how do you plan for
A bank full of nuns

But I guess we panicked
We all have taboos
And they were like zebras
They had us confused

We should be in condos
With oceanfront views
Instead we're most wanted
On the 6 o'clock news

So, I don't need attitude
'Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
And wait by the phone

Inside the police car
You tried to explain
Your crisis of conscience
The voice in your brain

And now that the whole thing
Has gone down the drain
I think we all know who
Should shoulder the blame

'Cause you made a choice there
Almost sublime
I'm all for compassion
Just not on my dime

You look like an amateur
And that's the real crime
So I'll take a walk now
And you do the time

And I don't need attitude
'Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
There's no need to phone

We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone


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"Bank Job" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentI can almost imagine BnL robbing a bank....hilarious ^__^
    AjaDarkoon May 12, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song is freakin' sweet. and I use "freakin'" pretty sparsely.

    of course, it's about not taking the blame for a group effort because, hey!, it wasn't their job to take care of whatever went wrong. great lyric: "I'm all for compassion, just not on my dime"
    eleventyon February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe funniest song on "Are Me", no doubt. I just love the lines, "We all had our ski masks and sawed-off shotguns, but how do you plan for a bank full of nuns?"

    I agree with eleventy, it's a song about placing the blame on an individual in a team because they didn't do what they were designated to do.

    I just don't get the phone part. Was it just used for the rhyme or is there a point? Is the guy who fouled-up waiting by the phone in jail, or what? Sometimes I think it's about someone who called in what they were doing, but that doesn't make sense since they tell us that person is going to jail...
    Sanjuroon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI could see the "bank job" as a metaphor for a relationship, which would tie the phone part in.

    You have a relationship, and it all seems perfect, but then a problem comes up, and you deal with it poorly, dooming the relationship
    TheThirdDukeon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI also see it as a metaphor for a relationship (as TheThirdDuke does)


    And I don't need attitude / 'Cause you knew just what to do / We all did our best now / We all need to rest now / Leave me alone / There's no need to phone

    You're giving me attitude, and I know you were right. We tried so hard to make the relationship work, now we just need a break.. so please don't call me.


    Somehow most songs can be related to relationships =)
    KingPhilipon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty much just about a bank robbery gone wrong. He was the driver and he's yelling at everyone because they stuffed up. Then again, it wasn't their fault, and the bank was full of nuns. They should be rich, but now they are on the run, and it's the others fault.

    The guy who stuffed up called the police because he felt guilty and now the other is going to give him up and confess and stuff him.
    Occams_Harmonyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. I agree 100% with what has been mentioned here already. It can be taken literally as a humorous song about a failed robbery attempt, or as a teriffic metaphor for a failed relationship.
    whoson1st0on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just another brilliant example of BNL's whit and humour. Easily the most humourous song on BNLAM. Perhaps my favourite part is the (faint) police siren behind this line: "'Cause you made a choice there Almost sublime"

    Frankly I love it.
    rich20bon October 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. :P I think it's about a group of people who planned out a really elaborate bank robbery, and then the person in charge on the inside had an attack of conscience because the bank was full of nuns (or good people). The leader couldn't bring him(or her)self to steal from these people or maybe even kill some of them. He decided to run and got caught because of it, and the driver (the singer) is pissed off because they lost the chance to actually rob the bank.
    "We should be in condos
    With oceanfront views
    Instead we're most wanted
    On the 6 o'clock news"
    The driver isn't against conscience and compassion, but he doesn't want to let it affect his chance to get rich.
    "I'm all for compassion
    Just not on my dime"
    And at the end of the song the driver is telling the person who screwed up that it's his fault and he should take the blame for getting caught and do the time, instead of ratting out the rest of the group.
    AFKpirateon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHey Occam's Harmony, is this song not about BNL's hatred of American foreign policy and the Bush administration? That's how I understand it. The bank is metaphorical Iraq and the "robbers" are the American military who went in to take over but "screwed it up" and now they are on the run. America should be kicked back and relaxed with all the oil money but we got freaked out by the metaphorical "nuns" (bombs) and are now trying to pull out. Isn't this song about that?
    trippstclaireon February 14, 2007   Link

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