"Don't Believe a Word (Album version)" as written by and Philip Parris Lynott....
Cigarette fingers ember stain
Incriminating notes on a paper chain
Did you ever get the feeling that you've been cheated'
I wanna bust out I've not been defeated
You're all strong bones they hold no water
Got the big fake smile, you just get sadder
Time wound down and you've been cached
Because half measured shows are all half ass
How did we ever end up this way'
And I fall numb in disarray
I'm cultivating my ignorance
Didn't we have some standards once'
I hate you and your cowboy boots oh
You wanted clever, and you settled for stupid
You threw it all away so indiscreet
Like a bad boy ready so dirty little cheat

It's a shallow vicious state of mind
Like an angry joke, getting dumped online
Give me back my photos will you'
You fucking whore I'll kill you

(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word
(Don't believe) Just keep on breathing
(Don't believe it) Cause pretty soon
(Don't believe) That dead King George will wake up screaming

Our soundtrack is the slowest thing
Some will ache, replace the sting
Rap stars brag about shooting each other'
Whatever happened to brother brother
We like thugs when they attack
And we like crime when it's black on black
And isn't this you you cold hearted fake'
Isn't this more than you can take'

(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word
(Don't believe) Just walk on by
(Don't believe it) This mobile gas
(Don't believe) And then we all can all get high

(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word
(Don't believe) Just keep on breathing
(Don't believe it) Cause pretty soon
(Don't believe) That dead King George will wake up screaming

Wake up screaming (ha ha ha)
Wake up screaming (Oh)

Yeah! (yeah!)
Yeah! (yeah!)
Yeah! (yeah!)
Yeah! (yeah!)

Round up on the big lynch pins
I hope we don't get fooled again
All sensation makes no sense
You got some insane confidence
I can't find myself I can't change the station
In this cold damp cellar in this pity nation
Scandalize now with such ease
America, give me back my keys
Say hello to soldiers squeeze
The trigger on fake enemies
We're all aboard, and all alone
Till you come home
Bring us home

(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word
(Don't believe) Just keep on breathing
(Don't believe it) Cause pretty soon
(Don't believe) That dead King George will wake up screaming

(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word
(Keep on breathing) Don't believe a word
(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word
(Don't believe it) Don't believe a word


Lyrics submitted by MCSmate

"Don't Believe a Word" as written by Philip Parris Lynott

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Don't Believe a Word (Album version) song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentI'm assuming that bandana.mama said "the line about Good King George is obvious" he/she meant that it was referring to George Bush (as the rest of the song is). I disagree, as the song is a comment on the state of America at the moment disarray, crime etc. i believe "Good King George" is referring to King George III who was the British monarch at the time of the American War of Independence, possibly meaning he'll wake up screaming (In his grave) "oh dear look what they've done, we really shouldn't have let them win it - look at the mess they've left". Just a thought :)
    samboraisgodon November 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can here this:
    josericaurte.com/3eb/…

    I think it is a great new song from 3eb.
    MCSmateon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love The Who reference near the beginning of the last verse

    "I hope we don't get fooled again"
    ledmet27on June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i hate you down to your boots" was the cutest line in this song for me! "cowboy boots" just isn't the same.... :(
    jasssson June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIs it just me, or are a lot of these lyrics wrong?

    "Oh you wanted clever, we settled for stupid
    And threw it all away so indiscreet
    Like a bad boy afraid he's a dirty little cheat"

    =

    "Though we wanted clever, we settled for stupid.
    You threw it all away, so indiscreet
    Like a bad boyfriend, he's a dirty little cheat"

    ---------------------------------------------------------

    "Round up all the big lesbians"

    =

    "Round up all the big linchpins"

    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    "In this corporate sedative pity nation"

    =

    "In this cold, quick-sell-out, hillbilly nation"

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Sanity blows a soldier squeeze
    Trigger mark fake enemies
    We're all alive and all alone"

    =

    "Send in loads of soldiers please,
    to trip up our fake enemies
    We're all abroad and all alone"

    ------------------------------------------------------------


    Just to name a few
    bandana.mamaon October 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningHa ha, the meaning of this song is VERY simple. It's about SJ's hatred and disgust with George W. Bush.

    "Incriminating notes on a paper chain" and the "feeling" that we've "been cheated" refer to the questionable elections.

    "Time winding down" and "half-measures" refer to how the investigations were only half-assed and never really followed up with.

    The stuff about "standards", "cowboy boots", and wanting "clever" but settling "for stupid" are just straight-up knocks at W.

    The chorus's lines about "walk on by" and "keep breathing" probably refer to all of the scare tactics after 9-11. We're supposed to be freaked out by Threat Levels and suggestions of bio-weapons.

    And, of course, the line about "Good King George" is obvious.

    The lines about thugs and crime mock W.'s weak responses to mundane, state and city-level concerns.

    When the chorus mentions "this moment will pass", he's talking about how W.'s run is almost up.

    The refrain is SJ's plea for people to take a closer look. The lynch pins are the political talking points and the major issues that really matter, instead of the nonsense and mud-slinging that we can be easily distracted by. "Hope we don't get fooled again"

    SJ's expresses his disgust with the portions of America which adore and support W. when he mentions the "cold, quick-sell-out, hillbilly nation"

    The ending of the refrain mentions sand, soldiers, and "fake enemies". He closes it with a plea to bring the soldiers home.


    I thought this was a WONDERFUL political song, however, the album Ursa Major was delayed so long that Bush was out of office when the album was released, so the point never really got across. Bummer.
    bandana.mamaon October 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"what ever happened to brother, brother?" is a marvin gaye reference!
    massaaron June 02, 2010   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain