I broke my promise on a very sharp rock
And I was possessed by something quite unfriendly
And I was haunted by a demon in my sleep
That’s how I learned how to survive

And I gave a beer to a bum that was drinking
And I gave some sauce to my bestest friend for cooking
And I gave water to all who I thought were thirsty
That’s how I learned how to survive

I gave my money to the bank for safe keeping
And I gave my money to my landlord, he was needing it
And I gave attention to the TV that was bleeding
That’s how I learned how to survive

If you ain't got the do-re-mi, boys
You ain't got the do re mi,
Well you better go back to beautiful Texas
Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee
California is a Garden of Eden
And paradise to live in or see
But believe it or not
You won’t find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi

And we totally ripped off a man named Woodie Guthrie
And I bought a restaurant for his son named Alice
And I gave false information to the audience
That’s how I learned how to survive

And I give a thank you to my father for not raising me
And I give a finger to my step father for beating me
And I give props to myself for achieving
God damn, I’m glad that I survived
God damn, I am surprised I have survived

And I just handed you a giant load of gibberish
And I give love to a lover quite deserving of it
And I give thanks to all of you for listening to the
Story of how we learned how to survive.


Lyrics submitted by rkim016, edited by shitbird, goneinaminute

Survival Song song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentIt's:

    And I just ripped off (or payed homage to) a man named Woodie Guthrie
    And I bought a restaurant for his son named Alice
    Ghost Trainon May 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyeah, 'cause it's referring to the arlo guthrie song "alice's restaurant massacre"
    Colosimoon December 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI am pretty sure the last line is actually:
    'And I give thanks to all of you for withstanding the storm of how we learned how to survive.'
    At least, that is certainly what he is saying on the version I have, off the album People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World.

    Of course, either way it is the Best Song Ever, and it is beautiful how it is all at one so honest and relatable.

    kaylzazzon August 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrected...

    "I broke my promise on a very sharp rock
    & I was possessed by something quite unfriendly
    & I was haunted by a demon in my sleep
    That’s how I learned how to survive
    & I gave a beer to a bum that was drinking
    & I gave some sauce to my bestest friend for cooking
    & I gave water to all who I thought were thirsty
    That’s how I learned how to survive
    I gave my money to the bank for safe keeping
    & I gave my money to my landlord, he was needing it
    & I gave attention to the TV that was bleeding
    That’s how I learned how to survive
    If you ain't got the do re mi, boys
    If you ain't got the do re mi
Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas
    Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee

    California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see

    But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot

    If you ain't got the do re mi
    & I just ripped off a man named Woodie Guthrie
    & I bought a restaurant for his Sunday Dallas (?)
    & I gave false information to the audience
    That’s how I learned how to survive
    & I give a thank you to my father for leaving me
    & I give a finger to my step~father for beating me
    & I give props to myself for achieving
    God damn, I’m glad that I survived
    God damn, I'm glad that I survived
    & I just handed you a giant load of gibberish
    & I give love to a lover quite deserving of it
    & I give thanks to all of you for listening to the story of how we learned how to survive"
    paintbrushbangson April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot all the way corrected!
    There's two different versions by Andrew.
    paintbrushbangson April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfairly sure we all have that version, and i think the original lyric is correct. it seems to make more sense in context.
    impon September 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno. i'm 100% wrong. it is "withstanding". an earlier version DOES have "listening" but not the album version. my apologies.
    impon October 31, 2009   Link

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