So the saying says, "An elephant never forgets."
Standing in the concrete cave
Swaying sad and insane
They walked over the ocean
In their dreams they dreamed awake
Until the lights grew dim, until the cop cars came
Everybody tells me this is crazy
Yes, I know, that I'm a man, man, man
Man, man, man eater
And still you're surprised-prised-prised when I eat ya

You know
They call them "killer" whales
But you seem surprised
When it pinned you down to the bottom of the tank
Where you can't turn around
It took half your leg, and both your lungs
And I craved I ate hearts of sharks
I know you know, that I'm a man, man, man
Man, man, man eater
But still you're surprised-prised-prised when I eat ya
Yes, I'm a man, man, man
Man, man, man eater
But still you're surprised-prised-prised when I eat ya

It will end again in bullets, friend
It will end again in bullets, friend.



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People Got A Lotta Nerve song meanings
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  • +6
    General CommentFrom Neko's website:

    AS THE SAYING SAYS "AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS"
    STANDING IN THE CONCRETE CAVE
    SWAYING SAD AND INSANE

    THEY WALKED OVER THE OCEAN IN THEIR DREAMS THEY DREAM AWAKE
    UNTIL THE LIGHT GREW DIM
    UNTIL THE COP CARS CAME
    EVERYBODY TELLS ME THIS IS CRAZY YES, I KNOW IT

    I'M A MAN-MAN-MAN, MAN-MAN-MAN-EATER
    AND STILL YOU'RE SURPRISED WHEN I EAT YOU

    YOU KNOW THEY CALL THEM "KILLER" WHALES?!
    BUT YOU SEEM SURPRISED WHEN IT PINNED YOU DOWN
    TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TANK
    WHERE YOU CAN'T TURN AROUND
    IT TOOK HALF YOUR LEG AND BOTH YOUR LUNGS
    "WHEN I CRAVED I ATE HEARTS OF SHARKS, I KNOW YOU KNOW IT"

    I'M A MAN-MAN-MAN, MAN-MAN,MAN-EATER
    AND STILL YOU'RE SURPRISED WHEN I EAT YOU

    IT WILL END AGAIN IN BULLETS, FRIEND
    Lerxston March 03, 2010   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretation"I know you know, that I'm a man, man, man
    Man, man, man eater
    But still you're surprised-prised-prised when I eat ya"

    --I think this song is about (wild) animals that attack humans and how surprised we (humans) are that such an attack took place, as if we think we're immune to such attacks.

    "It will end again in bullets from....
    It will end again in bullets from...."

    --I interpret this to mean the killing of the animal once it attacked a human. Some animals are too strong to fight off (elephant, whale) so you have to shoot/kill them in order to save the person it's attacking.

    cnn.com/2009/US/02/17/chimpanzee.attack/…

    Bulgariaon February 18, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI don't necessarily think the song is about this but the following lines make me think of it:

    We know
    They call them killer whales
    But you seem surprised
    When it pinned you down to the bottom of the tank
    Where you can't turn around
    It took half your leg, and both your lungs
    And I craved I ate hearts of sharks
    I know you know, that I'm a man, man, man
    Man, man, man eater
    But still you're surprised-prised-prised when I eat ya

    Those lines make me think of how people do things they know are bad for them, but they crave it, and do it anyway. Things like smoking or heavy drugs, or even just things like obesity. I know smoking a pack of cigs a day is probably going to end up with negitive effects for me, but i crave them and keep buying them. Well should I be suprised then when that happens?
    gabederoseon March 11, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think the song's a little more abstract than actually being about wild animals... a maneater is basically "an irresistable woman who chews and spits out men after using them for some sort of gain -- be it sexual, financial or psychological." neko warned this guy that she's no good for him and yet he didn't listen and fell for her anyway. she has no apologies and points him to her previous warning. the "ending in bullets" is basically the harsh ending of the friendship/relationship.
    mikion February 22, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionI thought this song was about relationships, but it's not. This song was skillfully crafted by a clever artist to carry the double meaning, but make no mistake... this song is about animal cruelty.
    roox84on October 28, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAlso, this song means (at least to me) that people sometimes mess around with wild animals, & forget what wild animals are actually capable of doing, so they are surpised when a wild animal attacks them.

    & the title "People Got a Lotta Nerve" is saying how dare people have the audacity to be surpised when they knew that the animals are wild.

    I have know clue if what I typed makes sense....
    crazygirl611on January 20, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentCall me crass, but I wish I'd thought of this song when that animal trainer was killed by the Sea World orca whale the other day.

    We know they call them killer whales
    But you seem surprised when it pinned you down to the bottom of the tank.


    People continually forget what animate objects can do, people included.
    jxnarcoticzon February 28, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPaul Morstad and Julie Morstad animated and directed an amazing video to accompany this song.
    grasswidow103on April 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPeople anthropomorphize wild animals, or give them human characteristics. We like to think they think and feel like us. We exploit them for our gain. They are neglected and abused, and their natural instincts are ignored, leaving them frustrated and desperate. Then they act like wild animals and harm or kill people, and they are disposed of ie. the bullets. This goes for the elephants and orcas that we keep in small spaces and make do tricks for our entertainment, or the squirrels and opossums that we find as orphans and raise, the wolf-dog hybrids that people take so much pride in. What if you once had the world and now were kept in a tiny cage? The animals are wild and we can enslave them, but we shouldn't be surprised by their wild behaviors.
    nekoerinneon February 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definitely both of the above two explanations.



    BelialCaron February 24, 2009   Link

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