"Bottoms Up, Socrates" as written by and Richard Timothy Sult Michael Schauer....
They came marchin' down the street in robes
In the spirit of the Spanish Inquisition
Guitars and trombones
Mechanical monkeys make good musicians

Streets urchins, the smugglers and dingos
Dead languages and living man's lingoes
Put the relics of the saint in a glass box
And march him around the block

Hangin' on the words of a madman
Islands in the abyss
No use for the poet
When the hopeless seek no bliss

Mason jars of petroleum
You know those kids don't play
And should you ever get a hold of them
I'll tell you exactly what they'll say

Time we told you son about the family curse
And when they opened up the diary
To gain an explanation
They find only terminal verse

Hangin' on the words of a madman
Islands in the abyss
No use for the poet
When the hopeless seek no bliss

X-ray visions, eye in the sky
And the naked being led by the blind
So Bottoms up, Socrates
Hemlock straight up goes down easy

Hangin' on the words of a madman
Islands in the abyss
No use for the poet
When the hopeless seek no bliss

X-ray visions, eye in the sky
And the naked being led by the blind
So Bottoms up, Socrates
Hemlock tastes like ripple wine

X-ray visions, eye in the sky
The naked being led by the blind
So Bottoms up, Socrates
Hemlock straight up goes down easy



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    General CommentGood songs are Clutch's trade.
    Lionboyon October 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentstabbing truth and dogma in the eye. people tend to hold to the dogma and myth of Christianity without really taking anything away from the stories they should. 'hanging on the words of a madman' is a reference to the pope or god. 'bottoms up Socrates' says that searching for the truth is useless if you cling to something without learning anything from it. Socrates also died for an idea do you see anything being done to celebrate what he established for humanity.
    jchvoidon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think that the "hanging on the words of a madman" line specifically refers to the pope, or god or anything religious.
    Socrates died because he challenged the status quo. His trial was mainly political seeing as he challenged the way Athens was run.
    If you look at the next few lines "No use for the poet, when the hopeless seek no bliss", this is written from his perspective. It's mainly just about trying to help people that don't want to be helped.
    That's why I think the line "Islands in the abyss" is how they need help but don't know that they do.

    metathoughton August 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentmetathought is right. This is more or less about the trial of Socrates. I don't think it's about any kind of statement on religion or helping anyone so much as it's a story about Socrates.

    The chorus line "hemlock straight up goes down easy" is a direct reference to how Socrates was killed, by drinking a poison hemlock potion.

    Purely speculative, but "islands in the abyss" could be a reference to Atlantis. Plato was Socrates's student, Atlantis is attributed to Plato.
    Chuckles13on October 04, 2014   Link

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