Step right on up, take a good, good look
At the latest pie that fate could cook
This is no phenom, no supermarket guru
Just a revelation from me to you

So don't believe a thing that you might hear
At least from the last 30-40 years
Because it wasn't long ago, just before the reign of Nero
We had no concept of zero

So beware, children beware, the devil may care
Six little soldiers with stripes on their shoulders
Never with a thought to dare

So take aim, children take aim
The drill sergeant sang
With ample perspiration ordered
Stop your respiration
And end the flow of oxygen to the brain

So wake up sleepyheads, listen what I have to say
As you near your independence day
Just keep in mind, in time your find so few
So few have your best interests in mind

So don't believe a thing you might hear
At least from the last 3-4,000 years
Because it wasn't long ago, just before the reign of Nero
We had no concept of zero

So beware, children beware
The devil may care . . .
And maybe he's the only one

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    Song MeaningI think this is a caution about getting involved in a war in the Middle East, directed to America, especially about the Iraq war (would have been written about the time the war began). The general sense is "you don't know what you're in for".

    "...take a good, good look at the latest pie that they could cook" reminds me of "Sing a Song of Sixpence". The song refers to four and twenty blackbirds baked (alive) in a pie - the birds were baked alive in a pie and would fly out and surprise (and scare) wealthy medieval feast-goers.

    "Just before the time of Nero...We had no concept of zero" - Mathematicians in Babylonia (now called Iraq) were using the "concept of zero" thousands of years before the Western world...look at Roman numerals, which go on and on and on, because there is no placeholder for "nothing". No zeroes.

    " you near your Independence Day" is (seems) a direct reference to America.

    "The devil may care...and maybe he's the only one" No one, or not enough, people are paying attention to the issue of war profiteering. The "intervention" in Iraq is really all about oil reserves. Come on.

    I know it's irritating to compare artists (I can't help it) but this one in particular, though very Squirrel Nut Zippery, also reminds me of Tom Waits.
    abirataon January 31, 2013   Link

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