"With A Hip" as written by and Ian Stephen/sergeant Mcculloch....
Halt
Nobody's allowed
Strictly verboten
Out, out, out, out
Bounds
Of course we know no bounds
Until, at least, and then
Trespass all the way down
They got it
And I want some
I can handle it
And I want some

Relax
Feel the pleasure inside
Error and trial
Collide, collide
You'll listen
I don't expect you to
We've lost
And something's all we can do
With a hip-hip-hop
And a flip-flap-flop
Gonna steal some bananas
From the grocer's shop
With your head in the clouds
And your trousers undone
Gonna shit on the carpet
Just like everyone

This is the one for the money
This is the one for the trees
This is the one called Heaven
And this is the one for me

You've yet to discover
Discover the difference
The difference between
The moral and motto

They've got it
And I had some
I couldn't handle it
But I had some

Hold it in the light
And see right through it
For God's sake
Make a decision
Take it for a walk
And hold it hold it
Pin it on the wall
And fasten onto
Move into the bathroom
Oh yes, oh yes
Do what must be done
And don't say maybe

This is the one for the money
This is the one for the trees
This is the one called Heaven
And this is the one for me


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"With a Hip" as written by Leslie Pattinson Ian Stephen Mcculloch

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    General CommentI interpretate this song very personally now, so probably it was not what Ian intended. But to me, it's an autistic song.

    I have Asperger Syndrome myself, a form of autism. And somehow the emotions in the first lines express something recognisable: not feeling welcome in many places, or just not fitting in, not feeling comfortable. The lines about the shitting on the carpet and especially the "this is the one for me" feel to me like saying it's not wrong to be different and that it's each to his own: regardless what you're into or who you are, it's not less worthy than the majority and there's no reason to hide your true self and your own way of being. "This is the one for me", it sounds so logical and normal, even if whatever it is is really not conform the mass.
    I hope I explain well where I am coming from. It's probably not the actual meaning, Ian very likely had something entirely different in mind. But to me it has become a bit of a personal anthem. It's also done extremely well live, Ian's voice sounds more rock-esque than in the old days and that somehow suits the rough character of this song.
    Cracked Pleasureson June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was obsessed with this song when I was fifteen and it made perfect sense to me at the time. finding it a bit harder to pin down the meaning now!

    I remember considering it an enactment of existential revolt - looking the world squarely in the face, declaring it absurd and hopelessly corrupt, but determining to fight for something anyway. "We've lost, but something's all we can do" was always the key line for me. I'd been reading a lot of Camus at the time and it seemed to fit with a lot of his ideas (Sisyphean struggle etc)

    As I say it all made a lot more sense when I was fifteen!
    mohitpon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWOW! This is a GREAT song! For all thosw who don't know the Bunnymen or haven't listened to them for a while, have a listen...reacquaint yourself. They put out a lot of cool stuff, like this song.
    monster36604on January 22, 2009   Link

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