There's a carrot and ape...
both on stage : both dangling

The ape's lucky leather jacket has turned up missing
and he's shouting out something about stretching his threat,
to drop a stainless steel egg, onto a poor defenseless hand mirror
or else...

Hence the intergalactic presses have been halted accordingly.
their consummate plug - been kicked from the outer-space wall
and then alone does the nightclub's only spotlight get to stuttering.

and the air this here ape's in charge of, has now grown doubly thick,
So it unzips its 20odd year old skin to reveal a classic tattoo style anchor,
strung up on a pair of ugly and classic roller skates.

and the crowd goes wild...
and then needs a line to repeat,
you try to think why? and...
"everything is empty and it runneth over"...
cuts clean across your clenched teeth.
letting off the small fear fire
set tall inside your just beyond merch booth bound chest.

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    General CommentSubtle is not completely clear on what most of their song meanings are, and Doseone is extremely weird in his poetry...But I think this is kind of metaphorically speaking about how getting popular can be tireful.
    scarecrow826on July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe ape is a human rapper, the narrator, and perhaps Doseone himself. He is still just a normal guy with a normal rap act, something about losing his lucky jacket and how he is going to exact revenge. Then all of a sudden something clicks. There is a change within the narrator, as if he has reach a higher level of consciousness. This alters the course of events in the universe and begins the story to be described throughout the album. Back in the normal earth world the narrator begins to wonder during his act why everyone likes it. It is simple, empty, materialistic, animal-like, etc. He operates on such a level that "everything is empty and it runneth over" sounds slow, like individual letters. He sees how the word just kind of "cuts clean" out of his mouth, produced easily like any simple movement. This realization, though, sets off the "fear fire" because the narrator also realizes that his existence is tied to this simple human world. His life is just on the edge of being totally dependent on the merch booth. Either his career takes off and he becomes a famous, successful musician, or his career dies, he becomes another washed up act trapped in middle class white society. Both of these options are unsavory to the narrator-become-Hour Hero Yes, as most of the following songs describe.
    0x68on June 20, 2008   Link

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