"(Tibet) Dance of the Manatee" as written by Andrew Sudderth, Clifford Campbell, John Matthew Langley and Brett Stowers....
Take a little dive into the shallow and spy; what do you see?
You see the tortoise and the hare in a rat-race
And it fits like a glove under my sleeve; just wait till then
Their heads are the heaviest in operation
He's still not lost imagination
You can hear him mouth the whole ending; just wait till then

We Marys had ourselves a ball
Oh yes, we did
We Marys had ourselves a ball
I must admit

Hang us those limbs; hold no virtue
Those told to hold: project on my cue
Till we fall

Whether a he or a she, put your mouth where your money is
And are the birds of a feather that clever?
If I knew, I'd keep flocks, that's a given; just wait till then
Their heads cast shadows like skyscrapers
Still small enough to fit up their asses
To put it all into perspective with definition

We Marys had ourselves a ball
Oh yes, we did
We Marys had ourselves a ball
I must admit

Hang us those limbs; hold no virtue
Those told to hold: project on my cue

Oh, take a gander; the bigger they are, the harder they fall
Oh, take a gander; the bigger they are, the harder they fall
Not needy you'll see, not needy
And I close with open arms over trees
Not needy you'll see
Not needy you'll see, not needy
And I close with open arms over trees
Not needy you'll see
Not needy you'll see, not needy
And I close with open arms over trees
Not needy you'll see
Not needy you'll see, not needy
And I close with open arms over trees

Listen to proven guarantees while you're rolling up the sleeves, beatin' on the chest
But we can keep it in a jar when it's comin' cats and dogs for days
And we Marys had ourselves a ball
And I guarantee that what they've done for you they've done for me, they've done for me

Hang us those limbs; hold no virtue
Those told to hold: project on my cue
Hang us those limbs; hold no virtue
Those told to hold: project on my cue


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"Dance of the Manatee" as written by Brett Stowers Andrew Sudderth

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  • +1
    General Commentlive, this song is amazing.
    jennybeanon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlive, this band is amazing.

    they've never disappointed.

    i'm not gonna lie though - no matter what anyone else thinks, instead of saying "skyscrapers small enough to feed off the lesses," i'm still gonna sing it "skyscrapers small enough to fit up their asses."

    why? because it just sounds cooler.
    ahoff64on December 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit really sounds like in some parts he records each word individually and then puts them together without editing them
    dpm911on June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, the song is about corrupt capitalism practices. The song starts off asking us to dive into the shallow, or into a superficial world with low morals (hence, "shallow"). The song goes on to describe the tortoise and the hair in the rat-race, which is a sort of cliqued social darwinism that "fits like a glove," referring to how these corporate bureaucrats are a good fit for the economic environment (again, that social Darwinism). Their heads hang heaviest tells us how these corrupt business men may feel ashamed and or guilty about what they're doing, but that does not damper their "imagination" on how to continue their actions.
    The second verse follows in the same grain. It points out that women are guilty as well as men, telling both to put their mouth where their money is, or to literally vocalize where all their money has come from. The song then asks whether these "birds of a feather" are smart enough to cover up and/or justify what they've done. "Heads cast shadows like skyscrapers" alludes to big egos and delusions of grandeur like the skyscrapers they preside in, but are still small enough to fit up their asses, which means there is always someone to answer to when it comes to operating a free market corporation, which could help keep these delusions in "perspective with definition." (feeding off the lesses also works in this theoretical interpretation, as the rich often prey upon the poor). "Take a gander, the bigger they are the harder they fall" I only have one word to say...Enron. "Not needy you'll see" = living in excess and "come with open arms over trees" = pretending to be a man of the people. The guarantees speak of empty promises while the beating of the chest alludes to the primitive nature of seeking power (Linking social Darwinism with evolution, very nice). But we can't "keep it in a jar" since everybody is trying to make a quick buck these days. I then asks the listener to look around and see with this situation has done for everyone...not a pretty sight. I know everybody wants to link this song to prostitution, what with the "Marys" strewn about, but to me that just means these figurehead are whores to the system, doing whatever they can to get by and paid at the same time. As far as the chorus, "hang us those limbs" talks yet about doing anything to get ahead, though it holds no virtue, but only vice for the power-mungers. I like another interpretation I read about "those told to Hold," alluding to the bible how "he who is without sin cast the first stone," goes to "project on my cue," which to me sounds like its talking about the hypocrisy throughout the business world and how they justify their actions. that's all what I think anyway...
    havoc23on July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with clubsandwich. Even thugh a lot of of evidence seems to be against me, I stagnantly refuse to believe that this band is a System spin off. A lot of evidence actually points with me too. Even the song title seems to point that way. A manatee, if everyone can recall, is an animal that is endangered, thus, whose condition is "fragile," just like our outer shells (i.e. personalities). "Dance" has several common allusions (battles, songs, stalemate-inducing and complex fights), but I think that it simply means a ballad, thus, it's a ballad of the fragile. Once again, my interpretation.
    orphaeus99on July 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pure awesome. i love system but i have to say this band would give system a run for their money. It would be awesome of system stayed togather and this band would be together also. or converge that band would be so fuckn awesome.
    !,,!on February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song but I have no idea what it means.
    EvilPenguinon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. I don't know why. I heard it one night while I was really stoned and it sounded so weird.

    I had no idea what they were saying though, and so I couldn't look it up to see who it was. But then I heard them say it on the radio.

    Now I'm happy.
    what_is_thaton April 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlike the past 5 before me. this is an awsome song.
    Its a song you would have to ponder over and over about to creat a good meaning of the deep deep lyrics it holds. maby another time.
    huskypimp76on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis whole song and band rules, the singer is fucking amazing. watch any live performances for proof.
    evilbeavilon May 06, 2007   Link

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