I know a guy with a rock star life
But he still don't fly so he's mad at the sky
He sits me down, he kicks his wisdom
He's been around I give him a listen
Seems like he's got a lot of complaints
About how nowadays things ain't the same
Used to place some faith in the basement
A toast for this guy
And those kids that he came with
'Cause they all on the same shit
Based on cut down placement
Uptown stay strong
Don't ever do a dance with the devil now
That smile is a sign that you're sellin' out
Judgement, gossip, ethics
Let's just exploit all this excess
Then you can feel how he feels
To walk around town
Lookin' down from them tall heels
And who needs fame or fortune
When you get the same love
That the famous snortin'?
Future so afraid of yours
That you strayed from the course
And you came up short
Believe he would have more credibility
If he wasn't just another drunk pill junky
It's obvious to me that he's still hungry
For the superstars a little bad lucky
Go ahead and get mad at god
Point your fingers at your dad
And at Santa Claus
Listen all of y'all it's a sabotage
Wouldn't look so bad with the bandage off
It goes

One for the bar tab, two for the shine
Let's go to your car, do another line
Barely trust 'em, they're all puppets
Love is nothin', scared of success
One for the bass two for the drums
Last call gonna take whatever comes
Barely trust 'em, they're all puppets
Love is nothin', scared of success

I think its great how you used to be great
I can't hate on how you choose to relate
but I know that you had the potential
I understand why you wanted to let go
A lot of pressure in the middle of those shoulders
And we ain't getting nothin' but older
Ain't nothin' changed
But the day we run from
But nobody knows that better than you, huh?


One for the bar tab, two for the shine
Let's go to your car, do another line
Barely trust 'em, they're all puppets
Love is nothin', scared of success
One for the bass two for the drums
Last call gonna take whatever comes
Barely trust 'em, they're all puppets
Love is nothin', scared of success


Lyrics submitted by musicomplexity, edited by Doublewire

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  • +3
    General Commentfavorite song off the new album (: love the second verse when the beat drops
    tattoedhandson April 23, 2008   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI figured this song was Slug writing through Ant's perspective. Basically just rambling about how Slug complains about life and tells him all these stories. But that "Looking Down From Tall Heels" line kinda threw me off....I think it might be "Looking down from tall hills"

    The second verse basically sums up the idea of Ant saying "Damn Slug...I know that you went through alot, and life isn't easy, but you could have done much better. But I do see why you chose to write the stories that you write, and I cant hate on that."
    fLuiDLiQuiDFLoWon January 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo Woer:
    it's "that the famous snortin'"

    i have the lyrics that came with the album, copied
    it word for word homey.

    To Somephuc: thanks for catching the missing "town". But the other line stands correct.

    "..point your fingers at your dad
    and at santa clause..."
    musicomplexityon May 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the 'pointing fingers' part is where people shirk off responsibilities like you blame god for something or your parents for how you were brought up or when you were a lil' kid you'd blame santa for not getting the presents you wanted.
    Jules9on June 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuesto, what I get from the "love is nothing scared of success" is that your love for not "selling out" is B.S. and that you really are scared of the success.


    Gtizzle42on September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about hip-hop,
    "I think its great how you used to be great,
    I can't hate on how you choose to relate"
    - Mainstream rap seems concentrated on money, and sex.
    "barely trust 'em they're all puppets
    love is nothin' scared of success"
    - Rappers today are puppets to whatever will make them the most money. Nothing is original or fresh it feels in mainstream rap today.
    "seems like he's got a lot of complaints
    about how nowadays things ain't the same
    used to place some faith in the basement
    a toast for this guy
    and those kids that he came with"
    -A rapper that came before thats complaining about how rap isn't the same and how he used to have faith in popular rap.
    "cause they all on the same shit"
    - Once again, unoriginal rappers
    "don't ever do a dance with the devil now
    that smile is a sign that you're sellin' out"
    -Slug's being sarcastic, Dance With The Devil is a song by Immortal Technique (check it). Making a song thats different and has emotion (aka "love is nothin")is the exact opposite of selling out.

    That and the Beastie Boy reference "listen all of y'all it's a sabotage" makes me feel the song is mainstream rap and the rap of the past.
    eltigre21on December 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe line "that the famous snortin'?" is actually "that the fame is snortin'?" or "that the fam' (pronounced fame) is snortin'?"
    woeron April 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"to walk around
    lookin' down from them tall heels"

    Should be "to walk around town
    lookin' down from the tall heels"

    "point your fingers at your dad
    and at santa claus"

    Should be "Point your finger at your dad
    and thats santa claus"
    Somephucon April 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was point your fingers at your dad and ASK santa clause. Like a little kid who would get mad at higher power and beg the unknown for help.
    GoHomeRooon November 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits "lookin down from them tall hills"
    atmost504on December 16, 2008   Link

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