Everybody is made of clay
That’s what they used to say
Until the truth stepped on us all
Now everything that was big is small
We’re just little crying robots
Program me
I wanna win the race
I wanna find the place
Where the king
Locked up the princess
Jump the fence
And drink a little bit of….

Red wine, mistakes, apologies
Red wine, headaches, mythology

Now who is the king of the sky
Jupiter says oh me oh my oh why
Is the game always changing
I’ve been through some strangeness
What’s the matter
Is the feast not fat enough
Up the ladder with your feet
Reaching with your hands
You can feel it and dream it
I know you want to believe it
Just steal it
Take a piece of the sun
And drink some…

Red wine, mistakes, apologies
Red wine, headaches, mythology

Now everybody’s in the play
At least that’s what the script
Told me to say
It said:
Shadows cut across the hero’s face
He falls from grace
Until a little bird sang:
The truth is never ending
We’re just here pretending
Let’s all laugh so that we don’t cry
Let’s all lift our glasses up to the sky
For some...
Red wine, mistakes, apologies
Red wine, headaches, mythology


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    General CommentWow only 2 comments. This must be one of his most underrated songs. Sorry beautifulbreakdown, I entirely disagree. This song is most definately about "the American dream".

    angelique1on August 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this really has anything to do with religion. It's about being an adult and dealing with what the world throws at you.

    Everybody is made of clay
    That's what they used to say
    Until the truth stepped on us all
    Now everything that was big is small

    In this verse, he's talking about when he was a child. Everyone is soft, "made of clay," able to become anything they want. When you were a child, didn't "they" tell you you could be an astronaut or a doctor or whatever? But when you grow up, when the truth steps on you, everything that once looked big now looks small and everything changes.

    We're just little crying robots
    Program me
    I wanna win the race
    I wanna find the place
    Where the king
    Locked up the princess
    Jump the fence
    And drink a little bit of.

    Red wine, mistakes, apologies
    Red wine, headaches, mythology

    And now, as we enter the corporate world, we're just robots, trying to win the corporate race. But in reality, all we want is to just be kids again and find where the king locked up the princess and rescue her. And the only way to escape our sad lives is drink a lot of wine, make some mistakes, apologize, drink some more wine, wake up with headaches, and perpetuate the cycle.

    Now who is the king of the sky
    Jupiter says oh me oh my oh why
    Is the game always changing
    I've been through some strangeness

    So, now who's at the top of the skyscraper, the "king of the sky," as in the CEO. But there are a lot of ways to get there and it's always changing. It's all underhanded, backstabbing strategy to move up in the world.

    What's the matter
    Is the feast not fat enough
    Up the ladder with your feet
    Reaching with your hands
    You can feel it and dream it
    I know you want to believe it
    Just steal it
    Take a piece of the sun
    And drink some.

    Now he's asking if this isn't what you wanted, if it's all you expected life to be. "Is the feast not fat enough?" So you keep climbing up the ladder, reaching, feeling, dreaming, and if you really want it you have to steal it. And the only way to deal with what you've done is to drink and make mistakes and apologize, etc.

    Now everybody's in the play
    At least that's what the script
    Told me to say
    It said:
    Shadows cut across the hero's face
    He falls from grace
    Until a little bird sang:
    The truth is never ending
    We're just here pretending
    Let's all laugh so that we don't cry
    Let's all lift our glasses up to the sky

    He then likens life to a written out movie script, with everything predetermined. Everyone's in it, nobody escapes it. We all see ourselves as the hero until we fall and the next hero comes to take our place. We all get old and lose our positions. We all get stepped on and replaced in a neverending cycle. And we all pretend that it isn't like this, that we all follow our dreams and can be whatever we want. We laugh so we don't cry and we drink to cope with these sad realities.
    Paprikuhon December 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy hasn't anyone commented this yet?! I love this song.
    I love JJ's voice when he sings the second line of the chorus. <3
    zebraplopon June 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about trying to live in a fantasy world, and turning to alcohol when you're forced to live in reality
    beautifulbreakdownon July 24, 2010   Link
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    General Commentangelique you do raise a good point I didn't talk about the other lyrics. Now who is the king of the sky
    Jupiter says oh me oh my oh why
    Is the game always changing
    I’ve been through some strangeness
    What’s the matter is the feast not fat enough
    Up the ladder with your feet
    Reaching with your hands

    The opening line of the second verse is a very clear indication that his song is going to further deal with the aspect of religion. Now who is the king of the sky? It is almost sarcastic like well who is the the "Almighty" this week is it "God" "Zues" or "Jupiter" or the Sun for that matter? When he refers to "is the game always changing, I've been through some strangeness" Could that mean the game with religion as to which one is the right one and how some religions are much more different that some would say that they are strange? Also does he mean to reference about the "Last supper" and climbing up to heaven when we pledge our forgiveness to the so called Lord during communion? When he says "Whats the matter is the feast not fat enough, Up the ladder with your feet reaching with your hands." Just a thought.

    Moving on through the second verse:
    You can feel it and dream it
    I know you want to believe it
    Just steal it anekatips
    Take a piece of the sun
    And drink some

    This is also another great part of the song that may not dismiss religion but will really make you think. People who are of religion talk about how they can feel god and how they believe in him. Just because you have such strong emotions about something and that you believe in something does not make it fact. He goes on to say "Just steal it ANEKATIPS take a peice of the sun and drink some..." Well if there is one line in this whole song that strikes at religion this is the one. After he says "I know you want to believe it" He says "Just steal it ANEKATIPS take a peice of the sun and drink some..." In case you don't know the word ANEKATIPS means to copy or replicate. So therefore he is implying that certain religions have stolen the idea of the god from the sun. But he says thats fine just make sure you have some red wine with it especially at communion where you are going to basically ask for forgiveness. So get back in those pews and what for you turn to drink some red wine and eat your crackers. Because after all we all know that the red wine and crackers are really the blood and the flesh from a 2000 year old man. Wow you might as well believe in Santa. Do people really believe that, or has the religion community brainwashed the youth and have taken away their ability for critical thinking. If you don't question your church and their beliefs then you need to start if your faith is so unbreakable then why is it so hard to question anything about religion. If everything is so called historical fact according to the bible then why would it matter if you or anyone question it.And another thing if the bible is the teachings of god then why aren't their more books im sure that back in those time that there were more people that could write rather than those who wrote the bible. Where are the other books where people wrote about god or jesus.


    Now everybody’s in the play
    At least that’s what the script told me to say
    I’d say: shadows cut across the heros face
    He falls from grace
    Until a little bird sang:
    The truth is never ending
    We’re just here pretending

    This final verse tells us a few things that script is referring to scripture readings from the bible how every is Gods child and that he doesn't question it when he refers to "Atleast that's what the script told me to say." The next part is a little tough. "Shadows cut across the heros face, he fails from grace." Could it be that hero fails from grace because that he believes in something else or of nothing at all? "the little birds sang: the truth is never ending we're just here pretending" This is a very good point even as much about religion or life that we think we know, nobody really truly knows not me and not you. On a scale from 1-10, 10 being the most atheist person in the world he can really only be a 9.9 out of 10 because they dont have a clue anymore than you do. So just question everthing especially religion and politics those two things are the things that are holding this country back corrupt politics and ridiculous religion. Lets follow the constitution and seperate church and state and America was not founded on christiainity it was founded on deism. Some of the founders were actually atheists believe it or not.
    kporter52on October 14, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"We’re just here pretending " is the best line of the song. I like Jack Johnson as an artist...good stuff. I hope you creates a song about spring. It's almost here and some will be out the door rejoining life, routines, and drinking blackberry wine.
    IllToast2Thaton January 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWell this song has nothing to do with "the American Dream" If you look up the lyrics and listen to it, it has everything to do with an attack on religion especially Christianity. The opening line "Everybody's made of clay that's what they use to say til the truth stepped on us all" This is directly from the bible and how "God" made man out of clay and then breathed life into him. And now more and more people are understanding that the bible if not religion all together is a myth. He then makes a reference to the theory of evolution: "Everything that is big is small" He goes on to say how we are robots that are programed and that we want to win the race and find a place where the king locks up the princess, jump the fence and drink some red wine, mistakes, apologies red wine, headaches, mythology. Now it is clear in the line that religion does program children with the teachings of god and to thinking that in order to "win the race" which is to make it into heaven you have to follow these laws and commandments in the bible and believe in god. The "king" in this line is referring to "god" and that once we die that if we go to heaven we will be locked behind fences or gates. Sound familiar to some biblical gates into heaven? Now the song goes on to say jump the fence and have some red wine. Well in the Christian Church the have a thing called Communion. Where people drink RED WINE and eat bread crumbs. Believing that it is the blood and flesh of Jesus. He continues in his chorus "Red wine Mistakes Apologies" "Red Wine Headaches Mythology" Well Red wine can cause headaches but it more deeper than that. It means that when you drink the Red wine at Communion that you are just adding to the headache that religion brings upon the world. He then goes on and says Mythology well Mythology is basically the story of hercules and Zues(aka Jupiter)Later mentioned in the song. It says that there is no difference between the teaching of god and the bible than there is between the story of Zues and hercules. I should point out that Mythology is entirely fictional. And yes there are very many similarities between these two stories. In the Christian Faith there is God, Jesus and the devil. The devil tries to control everything and make people corrupt. In the Mythology There is Zues (God) Herucles (Jesus) Hades (The Devil) Hercules goes to earth and performs miracles and so does Jesus in the christian faith. Basically Religion is ridiculous and totally made up and makes people closed minded than ever.
    kporter52on October 03, 2011   Link

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