As they tightly strap me in, give me lethal injection
I've just a few moments to live, I've no remorse for what I did
It was for the benefit of man, I made the utmost sacrifice
Before more damage could be done I took his life

There was a split second of silence when the dart punctured the skin
Beady eyes rolled back in head, the body dropped from the poison
They could incapacitate me but could not erase my sneer
I heard a thousand people screaming, I know three billion others cheered
He was gone and I would soon be

Executed by the state, all appeals would be in vain
I was not criminally insane, in fact I was found to be
An otherwise caring and respectable member of society
A minor threat except for that one man I killed

As the sedatives take effect, I just smile, close my eyes
There's a priest kneeling next to me, he asks me if I realize
I was going straight to hell and he thought that I should know
That the man I killed's replacement planned this whole scenario
And what I did would make no difference



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    General CommentAfter listening to this basically all i day i couldnt wait to come home and see if others had posted a comment on here. im glad they did.

    at first i thought it was about bush. then i thought mayber not. now after reading the lyrics over and over i believe it is about bush

    reasons why:

    "I've no remorse for what I did
    It was for the benefit of man, I made the utmost sacrifice Before more damage could be done I took his life"

    what i get out of this is how when bush was governor of texas he had many people executed even those that were mentally handicaped. and he does this without any remorse. also how he started an unjust war based on lies and had shipped out troops to die for HIS war. many of them would end up dying

    another reason:

    "Beady eyes rolled back in head, the body dropped from the poison"

    some else has pointed that out.

    Also:

    "They could incapacitate me but could not erase my sneer I heard a thousand people screaming, I know three billion others cheered"

    What i get out of this is well i think the cant erase my sneer is about how bush facial expression are always the same thing. kinda just. idk how to describe it but hopefully you understand. the last part what i think is that only a small group of people are angry hes being killed(screaming) and the rest of the world is glad (cheering)

    as for the ending i think its another person being killed and hes just a normal average person who helped put to bush to death. and the last few lines are about how when everything is aleardy been planed out and so cheny and than take over and it be it all over again

    i hope that makes sense to anyone i think it does for me but who knows

    what do other think
    weasel27on April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is written solely from the perspective of the fictional assassin of George W. Bush. Fat Mike told me himself.
    GDMarinon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, i think this song is told from the view point of a person that has killed George W. Bush.

    Being that George W. Bush was a bad person and a negative to society (in the eyes of the person telling the story), the person feels that he made made the right choice in sacrificing his own life for the well being of the United States and/or the world, before any further damage took place. He killed the president and was being sentenced to death by lethal injection.

    The people who were injecting the man who killed Bush could not get rid of his sneer because the man was pleased with what he did and none of their efforts at punishing him would take that happiness away.

    The thousand people screaming represents the people that supported and liked George W. Bush.
    While the 3 billion (substantially more) represents the people positively affected by this killing all around the world. Meaning it affected more people positively than negatively.

    All appeals were in vain because the man was being subjected to the most severe penalty possible no matter what, for the act he committed.

    The killer was was not mentally insane or a crazy psychopath that kills people for no reason. He was just a normal guy, that was no more dangerous than you or me. And was completely harmless except for his killing of the president, which he didn't do for the hell of it, but rather for the greater good of the people in his opinion.

    At the end, the precher tells him that what he did was not in his best interest because not only would it result in him going to hell for all of eternity, but Vice President Dick Cheney would take. Thus, we would be in just as bad of a state, if not a worse than before. So really the man didn't make a difference.


    That is just my interpretation, but judging by Fat Mike's style of writing i think that is what he most likely intended for it to mean.

    PunkRawk182xDon January 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe man he killed was George W. Bush
    erik_shunon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Tookie explanation is the stupidest thing I've ever read. Line by line, it makes no sense at all. Tookie didn't show remorse? Made the ultimate sacrifice? For the good of man? Was Tookie shot with a dart gun? Were a billion people happy about what Tookie did? Was Tookie an otherwise caring and respectable member of society at the time when he murdered three or four people? Did the kids Tookie murdered have a replacement that planned the whole thing? It's assholes like you who jump down people's throats for what is most likely the correct answer, while presenting some convoluted, non-thought-out pile of dogshit. Man, your confidence in such a piece of shit explanation has really annoyed me...
    otnemem22on April 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits about fat mike killing bush. if anyone says different... your dumb
    PuNkSxNoTxdEaDon December 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI thought about this song referring to "Tookie" but I dunno. That whole 'replacement' part wouldn't really make sense. Besides, credibility and his post-conviction life aside, , he was a Crip, and most likely commited some crimes that wouldn't make him a 'respectable member of society".

    Anyways, whatever. What I noticed about the song is that it seems to have contradictions, like it's talking about two different people. I take it to be talking about a con and his executioner. In the first verse the first two lines could be about the con and the second two about the executioner, and in the second, 1st two are executioner, etc... I dunno. The song doesnt' seem to make much sense if it's completely from the perspective of a person being executed.
    freecorbinjon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDear HateBreedsHate,
    think about your nickname before bitching about anyone's thoughts.
    Please explain why the lyrics say "A minor threat except for that one man I killed". That implies, that the man he killed was (or is) a big threat for society. "Tookie" didn't kill anyone that could be considered a threat to society.

    When I first heard the line "Beady eyes rolled back in head" I had to think about the NOFX Song "Idiot Son of an Asshole" which describes George W. Bush with the following line: "Beady eyes and kinda dislexic".

    The only thing on this Song that doesn't really get into my head is that a priest sits next to him when Fat Mike (the singer of NOFX) is jewish.
    Dorschmeisteron April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAWWW, skip the beady eyes part. I got the song's perspective mixed up.
    Dorschmeisteron April 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthatebreedsmorehate. Go fuck yourself mate, you are the fucktard, as if this is about fucken tookie. As some1 said, I don't recall when 3 billion ppl cheered when tookie apparently murdered that person. Of course this song is about George Bush and Erik_SHun why aren't you on here defending yourself against this fucken moron?

    I assume at the end of the song that when hes told 'the man i killed's replacement planned the whole scenario and what I did had no significance at all' is that bush is merely a puppet and there's a heap of people behind the scenes ready to pick up where bush left off and basically killing bush was useless
    chris_nfgon April 23, 2006   Link

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