(in background)



"you're tryin to cover up the holes in your sneakers.." x 2



[The Grouch]

When you first get it it's shining and sparkling

you hold it high like a trophy and start targeting

what you goin to use it on

where does it belong and for how long

you can barely sleep and when you wake you hope it isn't gone

(gone..gone..gone..)

for it's still livin

at the very least you're given energy and a lot of it, you're drivin

you wrap it in a ribbon

and you look at it all day

you hook it up in a way

that with it you can play

regardless of anything else it isn't yourself

seen in a reflection it's a super-clean ressurection of you're better half

measure that and multiply it

hope to buy it and treat it as good as how much you think you need it

I bet later you won't feed it like my puppy

and leave it in the gutter for some other to think he's lucky

but of course you broke it

cause you had no patience with it

probably didn't deserve it in this life time but you lift it

now what do you know now?

can you recall and recognize how it goes down when it does?

(does..does..does..)



Chorus: [The Grouch]



How many times have you had a pair of clean nikes?

and scuffed 'em up hella bad, kinda like these?

on my feet, man, I used to fucking clean 'em

toothbrush and everything

now I'm just mean to 'em



How many times have you had a pair of clean nikes?

and scuffed 'em up hella bad, kinda like these?

on my feet, man, I used to fucking clean 'em

toothbrush and everything

now I'm just mean to 'em

now I'm just mean to 'em

now I'm just mean to 'em

now I'm just mean to 'em



[The Grouch]

Seen so many waste away what they had, it makes me mad

but they never know 'till it's too late to appreciate and be glad

seems like the ones with nothing are the ones who put in work

and use what they have to get where they're going and showing the jerks

leaving them wishin they would have thought of that or just said it

had it embedded in their minds now they regret it

let it sink in and get to thinking 'bout what you got

how you can freak it or treat it right so you don't experience a loss later

whether it's a cross-fader, girlfriend or a thought

when you're mind is in a whirl-wind you better remember to stop

and smell the roses between dosing

cause for every breath you take upon this planet you're one of the chosen



Chorus: [The Grouch]



How many times have you had a pair of clean nikes?

and scuffed 'em up hella bad, kinda like these?

on my feet, man, I used to fucking clean 'em

toothbrush and everything

but now I'm just mean to 'em



[The Grouch]

At what point was this ok?

I gotta ask myself (self)

let me retrace my steps

will I surpass myself?

or am I destined to be lazy?

because honestly, lately, I really just don't amaze me

it drives me crazy 'cause I'm searchin

constantly getting shit then throwing it away thinking I'm workin

really I know the answers but they hurtin

covering curtains over my problems so they worsen

drinkin and cursin invades my person it becomes urgent

sometimes I can't live it but I can word it

and that's my therapy so dear to me and I know this

but often it's too hard to keep my focus



Chorus: [The Grouch]



How many times have you had a pair of clean nikes?

and scuffed 'em up hella bad, kinda like these?

on my feet, man, I used to fucking clean 'em

toothbrush and everything

now I'm just mean to 'em

now I'm just mean to 'em



(The Grouch)

Fuck 'em..

up in this.. creek..



scratched in background

(and I talkin 'bout sneakers neither..)


Lyrics submitted by Dazed363

Clean Nikes song meanings
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    General CommentIve listened to this song many times, but i still cant figure out what grouch is talkin about exactly, some1 please shed some light
    Dazed363on May 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNikes.
    walruspancakeson October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti used to think this song was about guns when i first heard it. looking at the first verse it seems like that is what it could be. but when you listen and look closely it seems like grouch is talking about anything that begins as fresh and beautiful but fades with time. (relationships. skills. thoughts. dreams etc.) see: whether it's a cross-fader, girlfriend or a thought

    when you're mind is in a whirl-wind you better remember to stop

    and smell the roses between dosing
    InsertEmoNameHereon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are extremely straightforward. It is about taking things for granted.
    ferr i ammon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is more of an introspective look at his life. On this track the Grouch acknowledges his mistakes and things that he has taken for granted in his life. He equates the situation to having a new clean pair of Nikes, and how in the beginning you take good care of them but later on take them for granted and let them fall into waste.
    XnikkiXon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlike ferr i amm said it's about taking things for granted, whatever it may be, whether it's a crossfader, girlfriend, or a thought. When your mind is in a whirlwind you better remember to stop...and think about what you have before you lose it stupid
    convinceon October 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are right about it taking things for granted, but I think its about taking something in particular for granted. If you listen to Silly Puddy then you will know what he is taking for granted.
    Gtizzle42on September 23, 2009   Link

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