The Fruit Man
Sold a guava to the Black Man
The Black Man
Peeled the skin with the bare hand
A Juice Man
Took a stand with the Fruit Man
And they put up the fish
Brought in fresh from the ocean

The Fish Man
Sold an axe to the Boat Man
A China Man
Caused a scene with the Black Man
Accused him
Of selling fish that was frozen
The Black Man yelled at the China Man:

It is not broken
It is not frozen
The fish it was just caught in the ocean
I do not steal
Don't breathe another sound
Or I take back the fish and return it to the ocean

The Fruit man
Consoled the Black Man
The Boat Man
Explained to the China Man
And it was dark
Really dark with the sun down
And the fish they swam
They swam in the ocean


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    General CommentIt is basically like one of those logic puzzles you do in grade school (the fish man is the black man and the juice man is the china man)
    Jargoonon December 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about world capitalism and the challenges that come with it
    buttmeaton July 31, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwait this song confuses me. why did the china man accuse the black man?? haha where did he get that from
    javaweenon November 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was truce man, guess not. But if im going to guess on the meaning i'd have to say racial tensions?
    Alec2234on June 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commenttis clearly about an argument in a market, however knowing ween there is probably some really really really really (really) deep psychological meaning...

    cool reggae track though, ween demonstrating their versatility with music and just how many genres they can cover
    huntingbears86on July 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's about conflict and resolution, but the resolution only succeeds on a small scale, like a drug that treats a symptom but not the disease. In this case the disease is inequality in society. The characters in the song have a disagreement. It takes all day, but they eventually work it out and get over their hurt feelings. However, the last couple lines of the song seem to say that it doesn't change the big picture: the fish swim on like they always have, oblivious to the newly attained understanding and healing of mere individuals. Likewise, society, with all its myriad forms of inequality, won't be any less screwed up just because of some personal enlightenment, or epiphany, or decision to do good. Harsh!
    forestBon April 11, 2017   Link

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