Closing is the gift to the night shift
And now you've got two minutes to go!

Swept up the floors, locked all the doors, lights out!
And now it's time to go

You hear the bounce and the bounce in the parking lot
And the night just got to a point where it's gonna blow

You were doing your best
'Till you got punched in the chest
And the leader said: "There's something you oughta know"

He said: "My people need a place to Go!" (Go!)
My people need a place to Go! (Go!)
People need a place to go
People need a place to go

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

You notice methods gretting crude
Language is rude
And you just wanna go!

All you wanna do is make it stop
So you call the cops, but the cops they never show

The leader sees your fear
So pulls you near
Says "Son - there's something you ought to know"

He said "Time ceases it's marches at the golden archezzz
And that's what we're here for."

He said: "My people need a place to Go!" (Go!)
My people need a place to Go! (Go!)
People need a place to go
People need a place to go

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

Cool!

The leader's gonna make you party
Preventing you from departing
The leader is the party
The party is the leader's mind

He said: "My people need a place to Go!" (Go!)
My people need a place to Go! (Go!)
People need a place to go
People need a place to go

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

He said: "My people need a place to Go!" (Go!)
My people need a place to Go! (Go!)
People need a place to go
People need a place to go

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

Now everybody down at McDonnellzzz
They down with Ronnell McDonnell
And now they hitting the bottle
And everybody cool!

It's the leader's mind
It's the leader's mind
Yeah!

(Go!)
Oh!
(Go!)
(Go!)
(Go!)

(Go!)
(Go!)

Oh!
Oh!


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  • +2
    General CommentActually, this is an interesting song by the awesome Detroit rockers. The use of anaphora in the phrase "My people need a place to Go!" is great, and suggests to me a deeper meaning to the song.

    This is the phrase that Moses spoke to the Pharoah (or, it may have been to God) that began the journey towards the freedom of the Israelites.

    If we take this to be true (which, I warn you, may be incorrect as this is just personal judgement without any sources to back me up) then the song may be about the modern conflict of Christianity and Capitalism in the form of the McDonalds super-chain.
    Nightfall1on August 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust as Philemon_Crowley had said, except I would like to add that the leader is (quite obviously) the fictional Ronell McDonall. But it's an Electric Six song, so assuming a parody of a fictional character is real isn't much of a stretch, heh.
    Dranzon December 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAcctually, I think Moses said 'Let my people go!' < Geldardon September 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about a woker at mcadonalds who is insain from working there to long leaving him the ilussion that there is a leader that is forcing him to stay when hes really just insain. but mainly because the idea of a mcdonalds employey in the fetal position "We cannot leave the mcdonalds, we love the mcdonals, the mcdonals keeps us safe, we must not anger the leader, the leader must have a place, the leader is sacry" amuses me
    fruckeron December 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment(About Dance Commander) "That's a song that's about absolutely nothing too... 80 percent of our songs, maybe even higher than 80 percent..."

    I think this just might be one of those. But either way, it's gorram awesome!
    AmarothVartaakon July 12, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe night shift at "McDonnellzzz" ends and just as the lock up a "gang" shows up and demands that they keep the place open.

    But Dick Valentine is a little ambiguous:
    "The leader's gonna make you party
    Preventing you from departing
    The leader is the party
    The party is the leader's mind"

    So it sounds like the "leader" is only one guy, a psycho, that's harassing the night shift guys.

    Great song, catchy as hell!
    Philemon_Crowleyon December 04, 2007   Link
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