Well!
Well!
Well!
Well!

We spun like birds on fire right down towards the residence and I
I took all that I desired, even crooks have to pay the rent.
We swam like rats on fire right, right down the reservoir
We took all that we could carry but we tried to carry more.

And you know you know you know it all went wrong.
And you know you know you know it was all wrong.

We choked on street tap water well I'm gonna have to try the real thing
I took your laugh by the collar and it knew not to swing.
Anytime I tried an honest job well the till had a hole and ha-ha
We laughed about payin' rent 'cause the county jails they're free.

And you know you know you know it all went wrong.
And you know you know you know it was all wrong.

Deep water, deep water
Senseless denial
I went down like a rag doll as you would, child
Deep water, deep water
Senseless denial
I went down like a rag doll as you would, child

Oh, lucky lucky lucky lucky me again.
I said it looks like I've got to use my feet again
Well I just spent my last one-hundred dollars
God I'll pay my bill again

Oh, I don't care
Oh, how I just don't care.

Deep water, deep water
Senseless denial
I went down like a rag doll shooken and shy
Deep water, deep water
Senseless denial
I went down like a rag doll rat of a child

Well King rat has me on his list again
I can never be on the fence again
I found out it's all loud
Open like an organ and it
Talk, talk, talk, talk again
He promised me that when I cheated him
But I could open my eye well

Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky,
Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky me again.

Deep water, deep water
This senseless denial
I got fed like a fish, full of open smiles
Blue water, deep water
Oh senseless denial
I got fed like a fish on the cardboard smiles

Well well
What do you have to say for yourself?
I said, well well
Well?
I said well, well, well, well!

Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky me again.
I hardly knew I should use my feet again
What do you have to say for yourself?
What do you have to say for yourself?



Lyrics submitted by flyrocket17, edited by Quackmac, sheionizes

"King Rat" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Tom Peloso, Jeremiah Green, Johnny Marr, Joe Plummer

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, CHRYSALIS MUSIC GROUP

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  • +6
    General Comment:This song would have been the best on the "We Were Dead" album if the assholes at Epic didn't make them cut it. Do you know why that is? Because the assholes at Epic don't like for you to hear a song that's about how it's so crazy that we're imprisoned by our insane obsession to own possessions even though we could live like animals, own nothing, and be perfectly at peace.

    I wonder how many other great songs we'll never hear because of those assholes at epic.
    bukowski8on August 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:ok, someone took off the wrong lyrics and posted their own set of wrong lyrics. the song goes something like this:
    ___________________________________________________

    (Heh heh, I love this shit)

    Well!
    Well!
    Well!
    Well

    We spun like birds on fire right
    Down towards the residence and I
    I took all that I desired
    Even crooks have to pay the rent

    We swam like rats on fire right
    Right down the reservoir
    We took all that we could carry
    But we tried to carry more

    You know, you know,
    You know it all went wrong
    You know, you know,
    You know it was all wrong

    We choked on street tap water
    Well, I'm gonna have to try the real thing
    I took your lab by the collar
    And it knew not to swing

    Anytime I tried an honest job
    Well the till had a hole in ha-ha
    We laughed about paying rent
    Cuz the county jails, they're free

    You know, you know,
    You know it was all wrong
    You know, you know,
    You know it was all wrong

    Deep water, deep water
    Senseless denial
    I went down like a rag doll
    (Heavy?) with child

    Well deep water, deep water
    Senseless denial
    I went down like a rag doll
    (Heavy?) with child

    Well, oh lucky lucky lucky lucky me again
    I said it looks like it's time to use my feet again
    Well, I just spent my last $100
    God, I'll pay my bail again

    I don't care

    I just don't care

    Deep water, deep water
    Senseless denial
    I went down like a rag doll
    (Shooken and shy?)

    Deep water, deep water
    Senseless denial
    I went down like a burned out
    rat of a child

    Well,
    King Rat has me on his list again
    I can never be on the fence again
    Well, I found out it's all loud
    Open like an organ and it
    Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk again
    Well he promised me that when I cheated them
    That I could open my (heart?), well
    Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky,
    Lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky me again

    Deep water, deep water
    Senseless denial
    I got fed like a fish
    Full of open smiles

    Well blue water, deep water
    Oh senseless denial
    I got fed a fist
    by the (cop fuck's smile?)

    Well!
    Well!

    What do you have to say for yourself?
    I said well well!
    Well!
    I said well, well, well, well, well!

    Lucky lucky lucky lucky me again
    I hardly knew I should use my feet again
    What do you have to say for yourself?
    What do you have to say for yourself?
    ___________________________________________________

    obviously i'm still unsure about some of the lyrics. maybe someone else can shed some light on it, but that's the closest i can get.
    bLUE_PeNgUiNon August 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:it is i got fed a fish, its i got fed a fist full of open smiles, and i got fed a fist by the con fuck "styles". and they chorus is deep water deep water senseless denial, i went down like rag doll, rage of a child. the last repetition of the chorus is deep water deep water senseless denial, i went down like rag doll kicked by a child, deep water deep water, senseless denial, i went down like a bird dog the chase had made tired. its not i found out its all loud, its i found out the old mans tounge had opened like and organ and it talk talk talk talk talked again. honest even when i cheated them, but i could owe them my heart. im looking at the lyrics sheet
    Spacejunkeyon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The language of the piece seems almost Dickensian, which indicates the subject would be either gangsters of the mid-1800s to possibly as late as the 1930s, or the almost mercenarily amoral sailors (even those associated with non-privateer navy or trade fleets) of the early end of that period.
    Akakuroon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:Ok a lot of you are taking this the wrong way. Watch, read, and listen to Issacs interviews. He's been in jail, an alchoholic, drugs, fights. A dirt life.

    Think of a city rat. Always going through what other people cause waste. Causing trouble, and having fun with it.

    I think this follows the theme of growing up. Issac was (and still probably is) a rough around the edges guy. The line "county jails are free." was talking about not minding the trouble they were getting in. Everything in the persons life is a mess, and going down hill. In flames. Yet, still lssac laughs and is energetic.

    The "lucky lucky me" obviously sarcastic. He knows that it's not amounting to anything and he would have to work his way up from where he is if he wants to reach his own standard of happiness.

    Also, please remember this song and most of these songs were written a while ago. You can't look for the meaning of it by lookig at them today
    LewfKradon August 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:These lyrics aren't very accurate. Someone fix them.

    "choked on straight tap water"

    "heavy with child"

    "I'll pay my bail again"

    Relapseron July 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction:Third stanza, the first line, "We choked on street tap water" should prolly be "We choked on straight tap water". It's one of my favorite lines in this song, so I hope it's right.
    MusikNoteon July 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Haa i was just about to put them up.
    no comment on meaning yet.
    AwFukItIGuessWeLoston April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Haa i was just about to put them up.
    no comment on meaning yet.
    AwFukItIGuessWeLoston April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I posted lyrics for this but I guess you beat me to it. damn. I think its "well I took your laugh by the carton" instead of "I took your [?] by the car car" and I think at the end its "why do you have to settle for your self". maybe not though good job. I dont understand why this wasnt there single this song doesnt suck its wierd. I dont think johnny marr had anything to do with it.
    mcscumbagon April 06, 2007   Link

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