Please find your place
The room grows scarce
Once we're all inside
The service can begin
For a moment, if you please
Forget what you believe
And naked, you will see
That we are all the same

But how, your kiss
Your words, your lips
Your flesh, your bones
Exactly what you need

Why should I feel intrusion?
Why be afraid of what we do not understand?
To eliminate exclusion
Cut out the differences to feel like we belong

Drum beats louder

Open up your head
Open up you primitive
Open up your mouth
Open up your head
Your sweet primitive
Open up your mouth
It's coming out

Out there, no food or drink
How many days do you think you'd last
On your diamonds and your pearls?
I'm not a king, no, not a hero, not a fool
I'm not perfect, I'm flesh and bone
And I'm exactly what you need

Drum beats louder

Open up your head
Open up you primitive
Open up your mouth
Open up your head
Your sweet primitive
Open up your mouth
It's coming out
Open up your head
Scream, you sweet primitive
Tell me what you said

But how, your kiss
Your words, your lips
Not a gun to your head
You're gonna die before you're dead

Not sad, when you're gone
But when your light's still on
Your dreams wont let you fly
Don't be dead before you die
Hunger, till fed, give love instead
When it gets inside, watch the dead man squirm

Above all things
If kindness is your king
Then heaven will be yours before you reach your end


Lyrics submitted by MidwestDrummer

Squirm song meanings
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  • +2
    Song Meaningit feels to me as if he is saying wake up and realize that you cant just walk blindly in "faith" you must interact with the world see the flesh and blood of it. So many people only see the differences of everyone else and fail to see that underneath the difference of color or belief we are all flesh and blood and real and that we need each other as much as we need the intangible faith we cling so strongly to. that faith and humanity go hand in hand. i may be wrong but that is the beauty of DMB you can interperate in so many ways.

    wardancers4on May 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'm not a king, no, not a hero, not a fool
    I'm not perfect, I'm flesh and bone
    And I'm exactly what you need"

    Gives a decidedly anti-religios vibe, no?
    SnarkyCatLawyeron May 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbove all things
    If kindness is your king
    Then heaven will be yours before you reach your end


    Amazing
    TrippingMillieson June 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with what everyone has said so far... I wouldn't say he's straight up denouncing religion, but is definitely turning that page. I get the vibe that this song is basically preaching to everyone to not accept what is told to them simply because it was told to them. Find out for yourself... discover the truth on your own... because really it doesn't matter what another person says, if you don't believe it.
    oakleys09on June 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems to me that they're not really denouncing religion, but it has more of a social message. The song promotes ethnic and religious tolerance. Regardless of race, background, or faith we're all humans biologically and should treat each other so. "And naked, you will see
    That we are all the same"

    It's not attacking religion. Just calling for people to open their eyes that we are ONE race.

    Side note, the fact that the band members are ethnically diverse no doubt contributed to their point of view here.
    Taz59on June 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti feel like its saying, you cant survive in this world with just religion, you need people to be truly happy.

    "I'm not perfect, I'm flesh and bone
    And I'm exactly what you need"

    something along those lines...i dont know haha

    falcontackle52on June 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes any one know what is being said in the last twenty seconds of this song?
    cellordoreon June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I was wondering the same thing cellordore. Turns out Dave explains it in his interview with Billboard a few months ago (tinyurl.com/…), as well as the dog barking.

    As for the actual words, with a hand from AntsMarching (tinyurl.com/…), adding some words that I have no idea about (?) but that sound phonetically close. Maybe they're some kind of American food I'm not aware of? Anyway:

    I have scalloped prawns (?) I have potato corn (?)
    Sweet potatoes, I've (?) potatos
    I have onion, I have garlic
    I have bell peppers
    I have green onion, tomato, cucumber, avocados
    I have onion and bananas (?)

    Highlight of the album for sure :P
    pie21on June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can comment on the last 20 seconds of the song... I was really surprised when I heard it because my cousin's band in New Orleans, Morning 40 Federation, used this in one of their music videos about 3 years ago. Check out this link, youtube.com/… . The intro to the video is the same guy. This is a New Orleans food vendor who drives around in his truck and advertises with a loudspeaker. Quintessential New Orleans!
    iccredmanon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI forget which concert he said it, but before playing Squirm Dave said "This song is a love song" Take it for what it's worth, I guess.
    dubmc91on October 22, 2009   Link

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