Maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
Maybe tomorrow statues are insecure without their friends
Go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

While you build your mountain
But to build a mountain
See I thought we all know
You gotta dig a hole
Thought everybody knows
We're just digging holes
In solid marble rows

And maybe ethanol is methadone for oil addiction
Maybe we'll all go green in desert shades of camouflage
Go ask the bloodhounds till they find the mirage

While you build your mountain
But to build a mountain
See I thought you all know
You gotta dig a hole
Thought everybody knows
That we're digging holes
By the grassy knoll

Maybe a wolf is not a devil he just plays him on TV
Maybe a Cuban bay stay leaves you less than overjoyed
Ask the fox about progress they'll list what's been destroyed

While you build your mountain
But to build a mountain
See I thought we all know
You gotta dig a hole
Thought everybody knows
We're just digging holes
Yeah sorry that's how it goes
And I thought everybody knows
We're stockpiling souls
They say it so it goes


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    General CommentAm I the only one who gets a slight Vonnegut vibe from this song?
    katiekutthroat89on August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, this song hasn't gotten old even after watching the video about 50 times a day since it's been released. I love how diverse The Matches are with each album they put out, and still get better each time.

    This song to me has sort of a "environmental awareness" feel to it, especially in lines such as 'Ask the fox about progress they'll list what's been destroyed.', describing the home they live in. Nature. Shawn sings of the 'progress' we are trying to make to preserve the environment, but when we try to 'build a mountain', or save the Earth, we're just digging another hole that we will have to eventually fill to build yet another 'mountain'.

    I'm sure everything in the song is just metaphorical, though. Oh well. The song is amazing.

    Also, I believe he says... "Maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist."

    and

    "Ask the fox about progress they'll list whats been destroyed."
    abcdefguthrieon July 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentomg ive watched the video soo many times ahhh theyre amazing i love pretty much every song from the mathces can't wait for them to come out with another cd
    chyeawhateveron July 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentahhh i cant get this song out of my head its so amazing
    jonoftwon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti don't quite see that environmental awareness you speak of.
    The lyrics are told in a mythological way, using animals to represent the characters of the story. I see this song as a comment on the media and how they cover up their stories so much, by creating so many holes, that it builds up mountains. One such event was the assassination of JFK. We're just digging holes by the grassy knoll. Thus 'the fox' intended to be the Fox network.. and it makes sense really:
    Maybe a wolf is not a devil he just plays one on TV
    Maybe a cuban bay stay leaves you less than overjoyed
    Ask the fox about progress they'll say what's been destroyed
    frankypoo22on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah, thats what I got out of it.
    the fox being the fox networking.

    Honestly, I hope they don't mean
    that the fox network only highlights
    the bad parts of the news, because thats not
    true at all, I think cnn and msnbc are the worst
    networks ever, their so biased it's pathetic.
    suckyourpitydownxon September 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI hope they hit it big with the new album. These boys deserve it so much.
    saltyeyeson January 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfirst off i just have to say that this has to be one of the best songs by the matches. and i can't wait for the album to come out

    as for what the song means it seems pretty clear that "the fox" is the fox network. i think that the second verse is about the iraq war. methadone is what rehab centers use to get heroine addicts off it and that our addiction to oil is as bad heroine addiction. "we'll all go green in desert shades of camouflage" seems to say we'll move away from oil to a better source of fuel as the war continues. as for "Go ask the bloodhounds till they find the mirage" seems to refere to why we got into this war and our hunt for WMDs and terrorists.

    the third verse seems to be commenting about the media and that everything we see isn't as it seems.

    as for the line "Go ask the frog what the scorpion knows" referes to the saying where the frog and the scorpion are enemies. and that seems to be toungue in cheek about asking one enemy about the other.

    sorry that sort of seems all over the place, but i love the song
    wolf_notthe_devilon January 21, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Maybe a saint is just a dead prick with a good publicist
    Maybe tomorrow statues are insecure without their phones"

    "But to build a mountain
    I thought you all know"

    "We're digging holes
    In solemn marble roads"

    "Go ask the bloodhounds did they find the mirage?"

    "
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    Submitted by frankypoo22 on July 23, 2007
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    Maybe a saint is just a dead prick of the good publicist
    Maybe tomorrow statues are insecure without their friends
    Go ask the frog what the scorpion knows

    While you build your mountain
    But to build a mountain
    See I thought we all know
    You gotta dig a hole
    Not everybody knows
    We're just digging holes
    Beside the marble road

    And maybe ethanol is methadone for oil addiction
    Maybe we'll all go green in desert shades of camouflage
    Go ask the bloodhounds till they find the mirage

    While you build your mountain
    But to build a mountain
    See I thought you all know
    You gotta dig a hole
    Thought everybody knows
    That we're just digging holes
    By the grassy knoll

    Maybe the wolf is not the devil he just plays him on TV
    Maybe a Cuban bay stay leaves you less than overjoyed
    Ask the fox about progress he'll list what's been destroyed"

    "That we're digging holes
    Just saying that's how it goes
    You'd think everybody knows
    Who's stockpiling souls
    Saying, "So it goes""
    shrodeson February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it's
    "Maybe tomorrow statues are insecure without their foes"
    -shrug- that's what it sounds like to me
    chyeawhateverron March 03, 2008   Link

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