I got manicured fingers and toes
I got 4 layers of pee-soaked clothes but I’m still condescending
Your as and teeth permanent browned
Your face is permanently frowned and I have everything I want
Your life’s gotta really suck
You gotta hustle all day just to make the bucks
To get high enough just to forget about what you’ve become
You’re the one who lives nowhere
You think you’re life’s more than a game of suits and ladders
When nothing really matters
You’re not just fluous, you’re superfluous
You don’t actually do anything, a human redundancy

40 year old Macallans, 40 Old English ounces
Henry the IV double shot
I just finished a bottle of Old Crow
I just bought a case of Chateau Margaux, not the 95, the 96
Your house is of corrections
Your house is full of collections of crap you bought from selling others out
You’re the one who has nothing
Your life is a game of unstable bladders, when nothing really matters
You woke up today covered in droppings (stock or bird)
When the bottom drops, my life won’t change a bit but yours will turn to shit
You are a superfluous man, I am a superfluous man
You’re quite a superfluous man, I am a superfluous man

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Suits and Ladders song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentin my opinion best song of album :D
    themanslayeron April 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with themanslayer, the best song of the album. Looks like NOFX are comparing the poor/homeless and the rich.
    mjrkongon April 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI like this song the best off this album (so far). It reminds me a bit of Freedom Like A Shopping Cart. I work in a major metropolitan/downtown corporate office area and walk past rich executives and impoverished homeless people both on my way to work every morning. Falling somewhere in the middle of those two groups, it's humbling to realize how close we all really are together. It doesn't matter how much money everyone makes, we all succumb to the same human nature at the end of the day.

    "You gotta hustle all day just to make the bucks
    To get high enough just to forget about what you've become"

    "When the bottom drops, my life won't change a bit but yours will turn to shit"

    Pretty relevant stuff given the current economic state.
    Seems like a pretty powerful song to me...
    Nhallangon April 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best song of the cd, I like the fact that Melvin sings!!
    This song's clearly talking about the everyday class' war that there is between rich and poor. But at the end, if a poor dude lose everything, he will lose less than a rich man:

    ''When the bottom drops, my life won't change a bit but yours will turn to shit''

    gui-emon May 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe title sounds mormonish
    bartsimpsonpunkon June 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is why the crusties like nofx.. thier sound is poppy but mikes lyrics can really make you think
    bluntpunkon October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that Fat Mike is comparing his life to your typical working person's life. A lot of the songs on the Coaster album speak towards this theme. (Last Call, I AM an alcoholic, The Agony of Victory)

    Fat Mike is living a dream. He found a way to actualize what many of us will never be able to... "find something you enjoy doing and you'll never work a day in your life." He doesn't work a "9-5" job like your average person.

    Most of us will slave our lives away with our faces "permanently frowned" in jobs that do not make us happy only so we can go home and drink, smoke, gamble... (insert more vices here) ourselves into temporarily forgetting how shitty our lives have turned out.

    He is saying that, in the end, all of our lives are meaningless. Many of us spend our lives trying to convince ourselves otherwise... thinking "life is more than a game of suits and ladders" but "nothing really matters." We are all superfluous.

    JohneeDeformedon February 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is an arguement/conversation between one fun fucker, probably a punk, does whatever the hell he wants and thinks his life is the best. Sung by Melvin. The other is an upper middleclassmen, a business man, maybe a CEO, whatever. He thinks his life is the best, and he's set when shit turns sour. Sung by Mike.
    ZeroXFallenon March 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a conversation between two extremes of society, the very successfull and the homeless bums and the similarities that tie them together as well as the hopelessness of both and their utter uselessness to most of society. Life's irony as shown by NOFX numerous times.

    Personal comment: I also think this is one of the best on this album!
    stillracingon January 27, 2012   Link

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