''The audience was large and brilliant. Upon my weary heart was showered smiles, plaudits, and flowers, but beyond them, I saw thorns and troubles innumerable.

(Jefferson Davis, "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government," 1881)''

It was a pretty good GPA
We got a couple of good grades
And it sounded like a pretty good seven inch
And winter didn't seem so cold
And I had a smile for everyone I know
I was starting to get comfortable in the place that I'm in
And it used to not mean anything
It used to not mean anything
It used to not mean anything, but it really means nothing now

Nothing means anything anymore
Everything is less than zero
And I know it won't do much good
Getting drunk and sad and singing
But I'm at the end of my rope
And I feel like swinging

It was an unflattering photograph
And people saw it all over town
Hanging up on the wall above the urinal
Hear the man with the notepad say,
"Oh, they're funny, but they drink too much"
"Don't be surprised if they don't amount to nothing at all"
We were talking about giving up
We were talking about lying down
We were talking about tying off
Wasn't it supposed to mean something now?

Let them see you struggle and they're going to tear you apart
You ain't never been no virgin, kid, you were fucked from the start
They're all going to be laughing at you

You can't make it on merit, not on merit and merit alone
Dan McGee tried to tell me, "There ain't no more Rolling Stones"
They're all going to be laughing at you

I've been called out, cuckolded, castrated, but I survived
I am covered in urine and excrement but I'm alive
And there's a white flag in my pocket never to be unfurled
Though with their hands 'round my ankles, they bring me down for another swirl
And they tell me, "Take it easy buddy - it's not the end of the world"


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  • +4
    General Comment"You ain't never been no virgin, kid, you were fucked from the start"
    Ain't that the truth?
    fitzbizzleon April 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAt the end of the song there is a piece from a Walt Whitman poem:

    "And there and then and bathed by the rising sun, my son in his grave, in his rude-dug grave I deposited,
    Ending my vigil strange with that, vigil of night and battle-field dim,
    Vigil for boy of responding kisses, (never again on earth responding,)
    Vigil for comrade swiftly slain, vigil I never forget, how as day brighten’d,
    I rose from the chill ground and folded my soldier well in his blanket,
    And buried him where he fell."
    Gus2763on October 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCassie Ramone does the Jefferson Davis quote.

    "That Jefferson Davis quote, I really thought about her when I heard it, because that song is kind of about being an indie rocker and putting yourself out there and how pretty much trying to express yourself in modern times is tantamount to putting yourself on the chopping block... The Vivian Girls got way more than their fair share of that, people on blogs who don't have anything better to do than pissing on them for no reason at all, trying to feel better about their own worthless lives. I was thinking about how being an indie rocker, maybe there are moments you can be celebrated and put on a pedestal, but it's safe to guess that if that happens, you're also going to get the flipside of that. People are going to be looking to knock you off your high horse." - Patrick Stickles
    RaygunShaunon October 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'm at the end of my rope / and I feel like swinging"

    This is like "art is hard" for me. It's hard to genuinely express yourself through art unless you're miserable. The critics aren't going to love you unless they can see you bleeding. You can't be happy and critically acclaimed.

    This song is so good. The end makes me want to cry every time.
    leGrawon February 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould this be the Dan Mcgee he's referring to?

    mogenweb.org/mocivwar/veterans/…
    Cyberghoston March 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems like this song is about being a musician/artist and dealing with criticism.
    SuperRadBrianon July 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentholy SHIT what a great song. stickles lyricism is among the best i've ever heard, love the civil war elements. what other band can quote the likes of william lloyd garrison, jefferson davis, etc and make it work so fucking hard???????
    spikecbon November 25, 2012   Link

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