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I've been habitually rubbing the sleep from my eyes,
I see the rain does not respect state lines, why should you?
And I've seen dirt dry fires arise by pissing boy fountain statues
And they say electricity, can travel up your piss stream

Oh am I too concerned with the burn of scrutiny?
Cold chased on run and covered like a horse before the race
Will I gain weight in later life?
And when will someone swing a scythe against me?

Out of every woman on earth, who will I mate with?
Or will I spit empty threats, until all that's left, is a million zeros printed on a roll of ticker-tape?
And one last echo of the final tiny wave in my wake?
Will all my unused seed collect like mercury, in some kind of afterlife for halves?
Should I offer up my lats and pecs as stakes in death?

Whatever the will of the people shall be, Ohio and me

But am I too concerned with the burn of scrutiny?
Cold chased on run and covered like a horse before the race
Will I gain weight in later life?
And when will someone swing a scythe against me?

Oh I'd rest in peace on a freshly cleaned and steamed plush carpet for sure,
In the vacant third floor of a department store
Or be hung with four nails on the projection wall
In an empty convention center banquet hall

That's right, I'm like everybody else is
Ashamed of sleep, I lie when a phone call wakes me

Oh am I too concerned with the burn of scrutiny?
Cold chased on run and covered like a horse before the race
Will I gain weight in later life?
And when will someone swing a scythe against me?


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  • +2
    General Commentthat's right - i, like everybody else, is ashamed of asleep. i lie when a phone wakes me.

    amazing line.

    "oh were you sleeping?" "no, i was just...watching tv, what's up?"
    patm718on August 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are about sex and death:

    - Is my future to procreate and grow old and fat or will i die childless? The lyric "And one last echo of the final tiny wave in my wake?" is a brilliant metaphor.

    - Various scenarios of death/ suicide/ martyrdom.
    drexlwon March 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its halves because you need female seed too, theres only half the seed present
    ComaLogicon August 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I've been habitually rubbing the sleep from my eyes,"
    you rub the sleep from your eyes when you think you're dreaming
    "I see the rain does not respect state lines, why should you?"
    California imports its water from other states. it can't support its society with its own natural resources
    "And I've seen dirt dry fires arise by pissing boy fountain statues"
    and California has wildfires in rich neighborhoods where the residents waste water on luxuries such as pissing boy fountain statues
    "And they say electricity, can travel up your piss stream"
    piss on electricity and get electrocuted... the residents of California are @#$*ing themselves over with their excess. Why?

    Hydraskullon December 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm not going to tackle the entire song. It is far too dense. I'm going try my hand at the verse that I've found most perplexing, not only in understanding the words (i.e., what is he saying?), but the meanings behind the words as they sound to me.

    The lyrics that I find most inscrutable are:

    Cold chased on run and covered like a horse before the race

    Upon a closer listen, it sounds to me like:

    Cold-chased, un-run and -covered like a horse before the race. (I.e., un-run, and un-covered).

    It would fit with his concerns about the burn of scrutiny: a horse before the race is not fully prepared. One who is not fully prepared for something will feel "the burn of scrutiny."

    So, perhaps the comparison is that in some aspect of his life, he feels like that horse, unprepared, naked, and therefore subject to the burn of scrutiny.
    omorashion March 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentare you not sure it's "swing aside against me" - you know when you and someone else get on a swing and you swing in opposite directions. Sure seems the direction of the song, plus scythe isn't pronounced like that as far as I can tell.
    hamfohon July 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a good song.
    organic joeson July 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe scythe line refers to death and the image of death as the Grim Reaper.
    He's asking when will he die?
    When will the reaper come for him with his scythe?
    GIOIABOIAon July 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, it's pretty obviously "scythe."
    trotchkyon July 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i've seen the rain" and "will i gain weight, and later life?"
    patm718on August 02, 2009   Link

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