"All My People" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Deeper in and deeper still use your hands for eyes
Sift around the bottom row and soon will be your time
Keep your hands by your side,
Hands by your side,
Your hands by your side,
Your hands by your side (soon will be your time)

I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way
I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way out
I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way
I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way out

Bring all my people with me
Bring all my people with me
Bring all my people with me

Deeper in and deeper still the belly was the bank
The lion holds the mouth we feed died at forty-five
Keep your hands by your side,
Hands by your side,
Your hands by your side,
Your hands by your side (soon will be your time)

I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way
I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way out
I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way
I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way out

Bring all my people with me


Lyrics submitted by Lindzay, edited by jigyoda

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  • +5
    General Commenthappy and pleasure to post the first comment here!
    what an amazing song made by such a wonderful band... love it so much
    this song is for life...
    uplifts the real emotions coming from the bottom of the heart
    and energize the passion and the power for enjoying every moment at the best
    can even see the bright road in my life clearly...
    ...to raise my hands to find a way out for myself. cheers!

    fortunate enough to meet Portugal. The Man :)

    suinfinitoron March 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentagreed with suinfinitor. Portugal creates beautiful songs for beautiful minds. everyone should listen!
    GeeMoneeon March 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds as if someone has discovered something that will help him save his people?
    Maybe not neccesarily like that but an interpretation of that sort of idea.
    dm.tymon November 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTo me... I think he's saying that your time will come regardless if you sit around doing noting (keep your hands by your side) or if you actually get out and live (got your hands on it).

    I believe when he says "bring all my people with me" he's saying that he wants to bring his friends/family to take the chance to get out and live.
    ColorPhilosophyon December 28, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song (and the whole album) is about finding your way out of poverty.

    "Deeper in and deeper still use your hands like eyes / Sift around the bottom row and soon will be your time / Keep your hands by your side," means to wait and just survive in poverty trusting that the time to escape will come.

    "I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way / I've got my hands on it, I've gotta find a way out"- He has to find a way out of the 'American Ghetto'

    Then the repeated "Bring all my people with me" means that he wants to bring his family out of this poverty too.

    This next verse is my favorite, "Deeper in and deeper still the belly was the bank / The lion holds the mouth we feed still died at forty-five" I think Portugal the Man means that falling deeper into poverty they were more concerned with just getting food into their stomachs, then they were with getting money. They were just getting by day by day, and that lifestyle led the people around to die at forty-five.

    The rest of the song is about him having hope of escaping the ghetto and bringing all his people with him.
    Brennanfeston March 26, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti think you alllll pretty much hit the nail right on the head
    ELMIRAdotTHEMANon April 09, 2012   Link

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