"Guilty Cocker Spaniels" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy and Dann Gallucci....
Well I took off running at the greatest speed
I didn't bother looking to either side of me
Well I didn't see, I just didn't see
What was really going on

The truth had stopped and the skyline rose
Exchanging comfort for more fashionable clothes
I'd left the hills at this point in time
To run on treadmills in a perfect line

Salad days add up to daily shit
Sparked imagination until the sparks just quit
And if this is fun, why am I so bored with it?
Well I'll probably never know

Guilty cocker spaniels eating table scraps
Well we rolled over, how our masters clapped
It felt so good we wanted more than that
But when the program failed they defensively laughed

We did things just how you asked
Don't try taking us to task
Didn't bite a face, no just a mask
So happy Halloween!

I drew a blank, we put it in a frame
Wait what you're winning, you didn't say this was a game
Well I guess I'll just have to play and play
Until I'm out of cash

Before I could spit it out
I guess the words had burnt my mouth
What can I say?

There's the thought I laid it down
So you could take it out of context
Either way

We said all along we deserve every bit
And mostly we knew that the supply would quit
But we got going, going just away with it
Until everybody lost their mind

Directly behind me and ahead of the time
But don't you worry he'll fall right in line
Yep, everything just might fly by
No ones getting blamed this time

Blame me so blameless
Can we find a way to blame our way out?
Well I postdated the eulogy
For every blameless body, nah nah

We are blamelessly teething
On much more than we need, nah nah nah
Blamelessly teething

Well we're all getting blamed
While everyone, everyone knew
Well everybody, everybody knew


Lyrics submitted by Relapser, edited by sheionizes

"Guilty Cocker Spaniels" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Dann Gallucci

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  • +7
    General Comment"a corny old song of their's like tralier trash" - Wow, ummm, just so you know, every comment you make here on in regarding MM songs has no validity to it whatsoever. Even if you aren't a fan of the song, to call Trailer Trash corny is downright blasphemous; it's one of the greatest songs of all time.
    A_Raging_Bullon May 29, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think the song is about how hollywood and society in general eventually change you without you realizing.


    "Well I took off running at the greatest speed
    I didn't bother looking to either side of me
    Well I didn't see, I just didn't see
    What was really going on

    The truth had stopped and the skyline rose
    Exchanging comfort for more fashionable clothes
    I'd left the hills at this point in time
    To run on treadmills in a perfect line"

    its like hes saying, "i was so excited that i just jumped right in without thinking about the concequences" (I took off running at the greatest speed I didn't bother looking to either side of me). and then the lines about "Exchanging comfort for more fashionable clothes" and "run on treadmills in a perfect line" make me think hes talking about conforming. and then the guilty cocker spaniel lines are about how people do anything for approval, even though it's only temporary and means they have to lower themselves.

    "Guilty cocker spaniels eating table scraps
    Well we rolled over, how our masters clapped
    It felt so good we wanted more than that
    But when the program failed they defensively laughed"

    altogether its a pretty good song.
    coledarlingon May 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song says alot about conformity. We have all been trained to go to school, get a job and make a living. Follow the rules and be rewarded. Puppies are also broken in with rewards for obeying their master. First fall in line, then become complacent and lose your spark.

    There also seems to be a heavy theme about how much excess we have in all our lives. Everybody feels like they deserve what they have, so nobody can or will blame anyone else. Resources are limited, but as long as we get by in our generation, who cares about the future ones?

    I really love how Isaac's voice changes with the music throughout the song. In the beginning, its playful and apologetic, then it starts to become more serious as the song progresses until it peaks with violent thrashing of instruments and vocal insanity near the end. Simply Brilliant!
    eyezackon June 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy stab at them from the studio version. Some are very hard to understand. Feel free to correct me.
    Relapseron May 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe line is,

    Didn't BUY a face, no just a mask
    So happy halloween
    Falcasauruson May 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentat the very end of the song (last 3 seconds or so) you can hear two people say "that one seemed good" and "yeah that was pretty good." you'll have to turn the volume way up to hear it though
    Reddrickon May 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPlease correct me if I'm wrong, however it seems abundantly clear to me that this song is about a person experiencing an existentialist crisis - something which the vast majority of us are plagued with in today's consumer age.

    "Well I took off running at the greatest speed
    I didn't bother looking to either side of me
    Oh, I did not see, I just did not see what was really going on"

    The first bit is about the rat race. It's such an excellent metaphor for how people waste away the prime of their lives behind a desk in a desperate attempt to get ahead of the "game" (this is another aspect of the song which I will go into more detail later); tirelessly working away to make money to buy stuff we don't really need.

    "The trees had stopped and the skyline rose
    Exchanging comfort for more fashionable clothes
    I left the hills at this point in time
    To run on treadmills in a perfect line."

    How brilliantly written! How true! We HAVE left the things we find comfortable behind. And why? Because we are afraid. Look around you. Advertisement preys on our fears - you exercise because you are afraid you're too fat (barely anyone runs for the sake of enjoyment, too many people are far too concerned with "calorie counting" and whatnot); you buy nice clothes because you are afraid of looking sloppy; you buy an iPhone because you fear being the only one without one. and the list goes.

    Then the song goes:

    "Salad days add up to daily shit
    Sparking imagination till the sparks just quit
    And if this is fun why'm I so bored with it?
    Well I'll probably never know"

    Again, the term "salad days" is a metaphor for the routines people adopt as a result of their fears. It could anything from a diet plan, to the job you do daily to pay off your debts for that condo you just bought. And this brain-numbing, mundane things we do, just adds up to the "daily shit" we are faced with. We have ceased to think for ourselves, and our existence is one which is driven by our dears. We do things because we think we need to do them, and not because we want to do them. Hence, "sparking imagination till the sparks just quit. And if this is fun why'm I so bored with it? Well I'll probably never know"

    I could go on, but I'm too lazy to finish this analysis
    angjulianon March 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentisaac brock is in his prime...
    just throwing that out there.
    mcinstuffon July 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI take this song as a kind of social commentary.

    "The truth had stopped and the skyline rose, exchanging comfort for more fashionable clothes. I'd left the hills at this point in time to run on treadmills in a perfect line" addresses the move from truth and nature to cities, trends, and technology. Instead of enjoying the beauty of nature, we destroy it and then run on treadmills like products in a factory, moving down the conveyor belt.

    "And if this is fun, why am I so bored with it?" is about the disposability of our creations. We are constantly coming up with things that are newer and better, but it is never good enough. It's fun at first, but we soon get bored and look for the new best fun thing.

    "Guilty cocker spaniels eating table scraps. Well we rolled over, how our masters clapped. It felt so good we wanted more than that." Conformity. We do what society wants us to do so we fit in.

    "Didn't buy a face, no just a mask, so happy Halloween!" Seems like plastic surgery to me.

    "I drew a blank, we put it in a frame" I kind of see this as a reference to pop culture. Modern pop acts like Miley Cyrus are completely devoid of any creativity or talent or truth, but our culture celebrates them anyway.

    "Wait, what, you're winning? You didn't say this was a game. I guess I'll just have to play and play until I'm out of cash" Our culture tends to make life a competition, the goal being to have a better job, a bigger house, a fancier TV, and more money than everyone else. People spend their lives in the rat race, competing with their peers.

    "Can we find a way to blame our way out?" references how sue-happy we are. People get fat from eating too much fast food and sue McDonalds. People take no responsibility, and just try to blame their way out of their own problems.

    I absolutely adore this song.
    LMosheron January 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is entirely about the American financial mess that recently occurred.
    rhigbie1on April 12, 2011   Link

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