I'm impressed, I'm impressed
When that gorilla beats his chest
I fall to bits
I confess
I admit; I'm impressed
When the torpedo in the vest barks his orders
I'm impressed

And I find that my head's nodding yes
Though my legs are not following
I'm inspired by events
To remember the exits in back of me

I'm impressed, I'm impressed
When that gorilla pounds his desk
I fall to bits
I confess
I admit; I'm impressed
Through generalissimo's request
I can't help but feel impressed

On the one hand he'll give you five good reasons to follow him
On the other hand you see nobody leaving the stadium

I'm impressed, I'm impressed
By that Godzilla's flaming breath
I fall to bits
I confess
I admit; I'm impressed
When the tornado from the west crushes buildings
I'm impressed

And I find that my head's nodding yes
Though my legs are not following
I'm inspired by events
To remember the exits in back of me

I'm impressed, I'm impressed
When that gorilla beats his chest
I fall to bits
I confess
I admit; I'm impressed
When the torpedo in the vest barks his orders
I'm impressed



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    General CommentYeah, folks seem to be on the right track with the interpretation here

    The threats are impressive, in that they inspire enough fear to force the person being threatened into cooperation. But the "gorilla pounds his desk" and the "Torpedo in the vest' are showing the idea of the person inspiring this fear as being impressive in brute power, but not in finer thinking. They are impressive, and scary, but inspiring fear is not the same as inspiring loyalty and respect.

    The gorilla is impressive in strength and ferocity, but beyond immediate orders in which disobedience is met with violence, one wouldn't want to take his words as any sort of wisdom. The torpedo in the vest is possibly a war general, impressive in destructive force, but nothing more than a tool for war. So he's 'remembering the exits in back of him' so when things go wrong he can get the hell out of Dodge.
    Slightly_Shinobion December 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA little serious for TMBG...then again, it's not the first time they've done serious songs (A Self Called Nowhere, Museum of Idiots)
    blahblah123123on September 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA little serious for TMBG...then again, it's not the first time they've done serious songs (A Self Called Nowhere, Museum of Idiots)
    blahblah123123on September 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe video has been released, if you're curious: tinyurl.com/…

    As for the interp, this is obviously about people being controlled by aggression. Point in case:

    * Gorillas beating their chest to maintain dominance
    * that same gorilla becomes a metaphor for a loud and harsh boss, pounding his desk
    * Generalisimo, being a military leader barking orders
    * Godzilla scaring Japanese into docility
    * Nature's violence

    The writer appears to be indicating that he can always run away, regardless of the foe ("the exit's in back of me"), though he doesn't - he feels weak with fear ("My legs are not following," "I fall to bits"). "Five good reasons to follow him," is talking about that old schoolyard threat --- "I'll give you one, two, three, four, five good reasons," while putting down a finger for each number, until you have a fist.

    The only thing I'm unclear on is the "torpedo in the vest" line. Unless it's somehow a submarine reference? Might is right? Not sure.
    Sir_Larrikinon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the humbling realization that there are things bigger and more powerful than yourself. For instance, the gorilla, Godzilla, or the tornado from the West. The narrator is inspired by events to rimend that the exit's in back of him, meaning that he is humbled by that which makes him want to escape.
    ThunderBoyon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Sir Larrikin and ThunderBoy's very insightful and thought-provoking points on looking at the lyrics. But in response to Sir Larrikin, I'd probably say that the "torpedo in the vest," 'barking his orders' is a military leader threatening his followers to stay under him. You'd be pretty threatened by a torpedo, and a shiny-badged vest would be a symbol of his being a military leader.
    sleepstudent101on November 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song

    I'm impressed that we have gorillas in offices, in uniforms. These people controle a little to much of peoples lives. They well tell you reasons to kill for them but really their agenda is have you not protest against it. (I think torpedo in a vest means a leader/dictator/general is always standing straight and they sertinaly aren't standing straight like flowers, the wicked basterds)
    because they is like that
    username2000tmon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Torpedo" is archaic slang for a mob hitman.
    Letmeinon May 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's the second circuit baby. xD
    I love this song
    TheRictuson August 27, 2009   Link

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