Good god almighty! The phantom body
He’s gone and done it again, you know he’s at it again
And it’s the last thing you should ever do
But if you look at the abyss, it will look right back at you

Give you a sense of being stared at

Calm down, Jonestown
So help me god I’ll drink it down
“We’ll be watching you so watch your mouth”
Hold me, armless
Because we’re ready to make you one of us
We’ll be watching you so watch your mouth
You better watch your mouth

The kids will grow up to be assholes
The kids will grow up to leave you with your house with your plants
The kids will grow up to be assholes
The kids will grow up to leave you in your house where you lay

Remember how we used to laugh all the time?
I’m fairly sure it was never at the same time
I am a ghost that haunts your hometown
I’m around I’m the sounds you swear you swore that…

Calm down, Jonestown
So help me god I’ll drink it down
“We’ll be watching you so watch your mouth”
Hold me, armless
We’re ready to make you one of us
The song won’t sing itself so just sing out

You don’t want your messes cleaned
You don’t want your bodies fixed
You don’t want your problems solved, stories all resolved
You have nothing to lean on
You don’t want your stitches sewn
‘Cause then you’ll have the big unknown
And we’ll be watching you so watch your mouth…
You better watch your mouth


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    Song MeaningThere is an irony in the music here: the hip-hop inflections of the song might be a commentary on today's generation of kids, who listen to rap but don't really come from the streets.

    Ghosts basically narrate all the songs on "Now You Are One of Us," so this particular spirit is just laying it for some parents. Their kids are selfish brats; the parents' ailments and tales of woe are all they have left in this life. It's a sad existence.

    Yet the pAper chAse, as always, isn't meant to me taken literally. Some people complain about the younger generation or their own illnesses as a way to get attention or make themselves feel important. The ghost of "The Kids..." is both satirical commentary on the younger generation and an indictment of parents who won't take responsibility for their own failings.

    Ghosts have all the power on this conceptual album. So when Congelton sings "We'll be watching you so watch your mouth," he might mean that people who complain--whether about wayward kids or physical ills--should watch what they are saying. Things could be worse, after all. You could be dead, right?
    JasonReeheron August 07, 2010   Link

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