"Fly Trapped in a Jar" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Tom Peloso, Jeremiah Green, Johnny Marr and Joe Plummer....
Of part and parcel
So, well, we're already dead
Well, it's probably been said
That it's always been said
That

One wing isn't even enough
It isn't even enough
It isn't even enough
It isn't even enough
To leave

One wing isn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
To leave

I'm gonna shake myself right out the door
I'm gonna take myself when it's finally over
I'm gonna let my own bad self take over
I'm gonna move my arm out with my shoulder
And

One wing wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
To leave

One wing wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
To leave

One wing wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
It wasn't even enough
To leave

First off, Gary was on trial, and drunk before we left bed
As things got better, was it hard to say that he had no idea?
Well, I hadn't noticed but the people really noticed that they really didn't want us around
So, we all just opened up our mouths and walked to this town
Well, I was walking just a little bit sideways, and you were walking sideways too
Well, I hadn't learned when a front door can be used
Here it goes now

We had darkened doors, so we didn't read what the sign read
Though simple enough, it was to me really tough; the ground needs to be fed
Well, I hadn't noticed, but the people really noticed that they didn't really want us around
So, not a single one of us will ever leave town
Here we go, sir

Our bodies were laid out
They were laid for fifteen yards
Well, two feet above each of our heads was a fly trapped in a jar
Well, I hadn't noticed, but the people really noticed that they really didn't want us around
So, every single one of us hit the ground
Here we go now

One wing wasn't even, uh
One wing wasn't even enough

Oh, pardon, pardon
So, well, it's already been said
That it's always been said that
We're already dead


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"Fly Trapped in a Jar" as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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  • +2
    General CommentPretty good song, one of the best off the new album.

    well I was walking just a little bit sideways and you were walking sideways too,
    well I hadn't learned when a front door can be used,

    that parts pretty sweet.
    Kuckuson February 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, and if we don't buy the album, they'll be FORCED to make more music to make ends meet!

    Ah, I'm gonna buy it, but I really have no issue with people who don't. That's what T-shirts and concerts are for -- it's not like album sales are a band's only source of income.

    And now that I've brought up a lot of things this band hates, I'll just say that there's a few corrections I'd like to make..

    "Of part and parcel,
    so well we're already dead,"

    should be

    "Oh, pardon, pardon, sir
    Well, we're already dead"

    ..at least I think so. I don't know, "part and parcel" just doesn't do anything for me.. maybe if someone would explain why they think it should be that way, otherwise, it doesn't seem to fit in with the song. Not that "pardon, pardon, sir" does, mind you, but hey, that's what I hear.

    And

    "we had got these dogs so we didn't read what the sign read,
    how simple enough you taught me that the ground needs to be fed,"

    sounds more like

    "We had darkened doors
    So we didn't read what the sign read
    Though simple enough
    It was to me really tough
    The ground needs to be fed"

    or something like that.


    "well two feet of us and two of our hands and our flies trapped in a jar,

    should be

    "Well, two feet above each of our heads
    There was a fly trapped in a jar"

    And right after that

    "so every single one of us hit the ground,"

    should be

    "So every single one of us
    Fed the ground"
    Ximon February 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits definately of part and parcel and that continues on with the theme first expressed in parting of the sensory. We are made with dead parts (we steal the carbon of dead things). Thus, we are literally already dead because we have stolen our organic material from dead things. The spoken word funk part has many typos too the first one that sticks out to me is the first line where Gary was tired and drunk and not on trial.
    tenserockon February 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgary is not isaac's father. he is just a character in the story of we were dead. his name is mentioned in we've got everything as well.
    noone1111111111111111111on March 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was gravity

    "Gravity needs to be fed"
    instead of
    "Ground needs to be fed"

    cause isaac seems to have an obsession with gravity
    Elevationsnowon March 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey, tenserock, we get the idea, it pisses you off, now please SHUT UP ABOUT IT.
    jessepenceon March 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me, understanding the meaning of the human story part of the song involves visualizing the fly trapped in a jar story.

    Imagine the horror of having no-one care about you, even those that put you in the jar in the first place don't care anymore and you've been left on the shelf. Contemplate that all you have is one wing, and that isn't enough to escape out of the jar. The open lid of the jar is torturing you. You're even thinking of how "I'm going to thank myself when it's finally over." Ultimately the fly has no chance and is doomed to die "We were already dead."

    The human story is the same sort of predicament, although the circumstances are obviously completely different.

    You've all put very intelligent suggestions. This is solely what the song means to me. I don't expect anyone else to feel the same way.
    david123on March 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI haven't read all the comments, but have you guys ever heard the term "dropping like flies?" I don't know, but it seems the two are tied together.
    xTheGrandIllusionxon March 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIT IS (as things got better) and (so not a single one of us will ever leave town) and (its each of our hands was a fly trapped in a jar) its NOT our sneeze got better and NOT so now i think that one of us won't ever leave town and I KNOW he says fly trapped in a jar not our chin and our jaw.......Anyways it was a nice shot I just hate it when people rush to put lyrics up when they obviously didn't put in time
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    Great Song for a Great cd. Anyways Issac mentions Gary in this song and the song before it (We've Got Everything) so I think Gary may have some meaning or reference to something i dont know yet. This cd is amazing they are somewhat back to their roots I got the leak but remember to actually BUY THE CD.
    ICameAsaRaton February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGary could be his dad and i know that i got the lyrics way way way wrong but its pretty illegible. great song anyways.

    i also like steam engenius.
    modestmousenirvanaon February 20, 2007   Link

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