Slug: 'I didn't say nothin'.'
Girl: 'What?'
Slug: 'I didn't say nothin'.''
Girl: 'Yes you did.'
Slug: 'No I didn't.'
Girl: 'No you didn't say anything, you just looked at me funny
like I'm some sort of fucking freak.'
Slug: 'I didn't look at you.'
Girl: 'Yeah, you looked at me.'
Slug: 'No.'
Girl: 'Yeah, you fucking did.'
Slug: 'What do you mean freak?'

Who's this one about? Who's this one about?...

[Slug]
These headphones keep me from rememberin' (rememberin')
Also guilty of letting me not forget (also guilty)
What type of harvest will September bring? (beckoning)
Everyone to put him to that test (Somebody please kill me)
I've got a sickness, it feels like love
It's not contagious, take off the gloves
Drop your defenses, apply a coat of perfect
I'll form the sentences, you try to interpret
It'd all be so simple if I was rich (But I'm not)
But I'm not so I compensate with thought (I got a lot)
I got a lot of nothin' that you need to know (Hey yo)
You would think he wasn't aware of the glow (Where'd you go?)
Swimmin' in a bottle of imposters
Losin' my ground in the name of takin' it farther
We can thumb wrestle or we can make a daughter
I thought it was supposed to get easier when you worked harder
Stole the city, I still feel helpless
Baited the hook and caught me a shellfish (selfish)
I'm gonna gut it, clean it, cook it, feed it to a she
And see if I can get her to need me

[Chorus x2]
And now I'm standin' at the bottom of the steps
And if I tilt my head a little I can look up her dress
And I'm willin' to bet that she'd move if she knew
So I'ma tap her on the shoulder, I'ma give her a clue

All it takes...

[Slug]
All it takes is a stroll down the street
A pro and he greets and he sold the life to me
Showed you the meaning of the artery he keeps on the end of his
sleeve
As he pretends he can breathe
Lend me a piece of your superiority

I feel alone on this mission, I'm wishin' there was more of me
A pair of me, apparently I'm a parasite caught inside a paradox
A paradise, a parody, the hair police have got what you need
For you to get over me and move on with Godspeed
I'd let it all go and break eggs for a livin'
If I wasn't so conditioned to just take what I'm given
Get it, got it, catch it, caught it, and lost it
Yet I can't stop it, it's embedded in my optics
Plus the frustration is a product of the gossip
If you can't walk away can you at least change the topic?
Overextended the amount of time allotted
Broke the engine, I don't know, cracked the block
Now I'm standin' at this gravel roadside festival
And I ain't tryin' to move cause this view is incredible

[Chorus x2]
Standin' at the bottom of the steps
And if I tilt my head a little I can look up her dress
And I'm willin' to bet that she'd move if she knew
So I'ma tap her on the shoulder, I'ma give her a clue

[Slug]
Fall in love with all of she (Fall in love with all of she)
Hasn't stopped callin' me (Hasn't stopped callin' me)
Message in a bottle (There's a message in a bottle)
And I stepped inside a pothole (I stepped inside a pothole)
Somehow forgot my name (Somehow forgot my name)
Blew out the flame (She blew out the flame)
A means to an end (A means to an end)
Can't even be friends, it's a song about a friend
She's still in my dreams (She steals all my dreams)
Angel spread your wings (Angel spread your wings)
Tryin' to comprehend (I'm still tryin' to comprehend)
Can't even be friends, it's a song about a friend

[Slug talking]
All together...(Crowd: WHOOO!)
Smile while you do that shit, you know what I'm saying?
Cause like some of ya'll, if you ain't smilin' you're ugly
I swear to God
There we go, some neat ones
Alright, on the count of three. 1. 2.


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  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm unsure about this song. On the one hand, it does obviously sound like he's talking about a relationship, but knowing how metaphorical Slug is, I've started to think that he's actually talking about rap music and that the woman whom he refers to is actually the success that he craves (or craved) in the rap industry and/or life. It's the chorus that has had me going with this theory, just the whole idea of him being at the bottom of the ladder, with success being at the top, and he's so far down that he can see up "her" dress.

    I'm quite sure that there's something more to it.
    eldorrado57on October 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment@ eldorrado57

    See that's the thing with Slug though: Although he mentions in interviews that song "x" was about the Bush administration and song "y" was about politics and politicians in general, and person "z" symbolizes mainstream rap, a lot of the songs written weren't initially made with that in mind. It became coincidental and he ran with it. It got people over-analyzing his songs, religiously almost.
    sixzerotwoon March 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorites. about sixzerotwo's theory on the woman being a double metaphor for mainstream hip hop: i agree. who says he can't be singing about a literal woman and a metaphorical one at the same time, anyways?

    here's where i derived the conclusion from:
    -his headphones remind him that he hasn't made it to the "big time"
    -the harvest of "September" (another of his nicknames) is the money he makes from his albums
    -"I'll form the sentences, you try to interpret": he's writing the raps, we're trying to figure them out
    -"It'd all be so simple if I was rich (But I'm not)
    But I'm not so I compensate with thought (I got a lot): he doesn't make that much money from his raps, so he pours quality in it instead
    -"wimmin' in a bottle of imposters": the rap industry is full of illegitimate posers
    -"Stole the city, I still feel helpless": he won popularity at home, but nationwide it's still somewhat low
    -"And see if I can get her to need me": he wants the rap industry to need him
    -"All it takes is a stroll down the street
    A pro and he greets and he sold the life to me": you have to sell your soul to be pro maybe?
    -"the hair police have got what you need
    For you to get over me and move on with Godspeed": critics brutalized his "hair" song
    ...
    there's more. just think it over ;)

    beautiful song. slug always has so much emotion, anger, and angst.
    sincerelyxslickon March 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFuck you technixflow. Slug said in an interview that the majority of songs on God Loves Ugly were metaphors and that he was using the relationship struggle as a way of expressing how he felt about something completely different. Hence, it is perfectly fair to say that this is an allegory.
    referencemarkon August 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlucy: lucy ford. a spin on "lucifer." lucy is referring to the evil in all women.
    beccajade14on November 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnce again slug is rapping about LOVE. Only he could make it seem cool. he is trying to make a woman love him, and nothing seems to be working. Great song
    poseur69on March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentposeur69
    summed it up haha.
    smithmarchandon January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've got a sickness, it feels like love

    She's still in my dreams (She steals all my dreams)
    til infinityon August 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the chorus reveals a lot more than anyone is touching on. I think it's about how a lot of women today are walking around knowing their power over men. But Slug's always seen that (whether or not he guards against it) and that's where "I'ma tap her on the shoulder, I'ma give her a clue" comes from.

    That's one thing I've always loved about Atmosphere. Slug's lyrics paint a spiteful, manipulative, waste of time woman, and in a lot of ways, that woman is inside nearly everyone I know. Especially myself.
    TreeLuvr87on September 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree TreeLuvr. I'm not sure, but he could definitely be talking about calling about manipulative women. It's still kind of a mystery for me though. I'd really like to figure out what he means in this.
    Tray Dubon November 05, 2008   Link

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