"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" as written by and Bryan Keith Holland....
Show me how to lie
You're getting better all the time
And turning all against the one
Is an art that's hard to teach
Another clever word
Sets off an unsuspecting herd
And as you get back into line
A mob jumps to their feet

Now dance, fucker, dance
Man, he never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

And now you steal away
Take him out today
Nice work you did
You're gonna go far, kid

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit 'em right between the eyes
Hit 'em right between the eyes
When you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
See 'em running for their lives

Slowly out of line
And drifting closer in your sights
So play it out I'm wide awake
It's a scene about me
There's something in your way
And now someone is gonna pay
And if you can't get what you want
Well it's all because of me

Now dance, fucker, dance
Man, I never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

And now you'll lead the way
Show the light of day
Nice work you did
You're gonna go far, kid, trust, deceived!

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit 'em right between the eyes
Hit 'em right between the eyes
When you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
See 'em running for their lives

Now dance, fucker, dance
He never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

So dance, fucker, dance
I never had a chance
It was really only you

With a thousand lies
And a good disguise
Hit 'em right between the eyes
Hit 'em right between the eyes
When you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
See 'em running for their lives

Clever alibis, Lord of the flies
Hit 'em right between the eyes
Hit 'em right between the eyes
When you walk away
Nothing more to say
See the lightning in your eyes
See 'em running for their lives


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"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" as written by Bryan Keith Holland

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  • +8
    General CommentAs most of you are posting, I agree that they are making a Lord of the Flies reference. However, just because they mention "Lord of the Flies," doesn't mean that the song is literally about the book itself. It's just a reference to the song's overall meaning, which is about manipulating people to get what you want.

    For example, if you and me are playing football and you make a nice pass to me, I might say, "Nice pass, Peyton Manning," but I don't literally mean that you are Peyton Manning, I'm just comparing you to him. The same is done in this song with the lyric, "Clever alibis, Lord of the Flies." He's just referring the main character of the song as being manipulative like the character from Lord of the Flies, but not saying that he is literally him.
    goodtimes9on November 16, 2012   Link
  • +8
    Song MeaningIt's basically about lying and manipulating people to get what you want, and saying that by doing that you'll be successful, though I believe it's meant to be taken satirically and not as if the band agrees with doing what it's saying.

    The only reason for the Lord of the Flies reference is that the pig's head on a stick bascially manipulated the children into killing each other. (If you view it as a real thing and not just an object that the children hallucinated was talking)

    Ever since I first heard it I've been refering to it as "The Lawyer Song".
    MyMeaningson February 19, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI don't know with everything that's been typed out here so far, but here's my interpretation of the song:

    There's apparently a conspirator who's using someone as a scapegoat to pass the chaos and aggression onto.

    In layman terms: The kid's placing the blame on someone else to make up for his/her mistakes.

    He makes himself look like some kind of Jesus because he never does anything wrong. Little known to his followers, he's not interested in what they want - Only what he wishes.

    The fact that the kid's gonna go far, meant that using others to place the blame on will only work for so long.

    Since the kid can no longer get what he wants, it's because someone knows what he's been up to, and now all of the negative attention will be drawn back to the kid.

    In the end though, his followers will always side with him, so the fucker (The Kid) can dance and celebrate all he wants, because our narrator "Never had a chance" to expose him for who he really is.

    Other than that though, I can see where other people got their interpretations from. Please don't flame me, I'm just saying what I thought he said.
    kensredemptionon July 21, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General Commentsee I'm getting a completely different view. I don't see government or bush, I see the complete opposite; the revolter.

    A person in the background manipulating the crowd. He knows how to change people with lies. He's going to sneak in with the group where he is needed, start the revolt, and let the crowd take over.

    I don't see anything about guns. Hit em right between the eyes just means kill shot to me. Take em out in one swift punch.

    As for the 'dance fucker dance' all I get is someone plucking at puppet strings.
    Techcasualtyon August 18, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think this song is about the government manipulating us.

    the "Dance Fucker Dance" line makes me think this. I think the part about the lies also applies to the government. They will use several clever lies and they will elicit such fear from us that they can get anything from us.
    BFTrickon June 20, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General Comment...you all do realize that this song has nothing to do with the book, Lord of the Flies, right?
    "Lord of the Flies" is a nickname for Satan or Beelzebub. He's basically calling whoever the song is aimed at 'Satan'.
    Although it's neat to see how you can connect the song to the book, I highly doubt the two are actually related.
    PirateRedon November 25, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentNow that I think about it, Lord of the Flies very much seems to be the basis of this song, Take these lyrics:

    "And turning all against one
    Is an art that's hard to teach

    Another clever word
    Sets off an unsuspecting herd
    And as you step back in the line
    A mob jumps to their feet"

    Jack turned all of the boys against Ralph over the course of the book. One clever word that helped him gain his "herd" would be "beast", something he promised to protect them from. Also, consider this:

    "There's someone in your way
    And now someone is gonna pay
    If you can't get what you want
    Well it's all because of me"

    Obviously, the song is narrated by Ralph. Ralph realizes here that Jack considers him the catalyst of their problems and he wants to kill him.

    Oh, and obviously, "Hit 'em right between the eyes" refers to Piggy and "No more alibis, Lord of the Flies" is about as specific as you'll get.


    I didn't actually like the song too much before, but now that I know this, it is much more interesting for me.
    Kmanneron August 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt sounds to me like this song is about a hitman or something like that...I dunno i could be wrong though. Thats just my opinion
    D_Rock1000on June 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song seems to me to be about someone in power, and that someone is abusing their power. Almost like a bully, "Take him out today" and when Dexter goes on to say "Nice work you did, you're gonna go far kid" it draws back to someone bullying another, because you'll go nowhere being a bully your whole life. But whoever this someone is, they're probably sadistic, hence the line "See the lightning in your eyes, see 'em running for their lives" This someone who's sadistic and cruel is manipulating and framing another person, "with a thousand lies, and a good disguise." And the "Dance fucker dance" line I think it's just another line showing how this person in power is again abusing that power, manipulating someone else, making them do what they want. Anyways, that's my take on it.
    Quatermainon June 22, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe way i see this song, and it's partly because of the music video, it's about someone who was given a gift but used it for the wrong reason. s/he shit em right between the eyes by doing something out of the kindness of his/her heart, then asked for a reward.
    R0ck0ut619on December 31, 2012   Link

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