From the pills for the whispering
Even children know you are
sickened by your own protest
and you make sure it will pass
And you made it your business
to fish the tumor out
so you take and shake it, shake it
out of the ones you are

When the medicine you fancy has all run out
all good junkies go to heaven
When the medicine you fancy has all run out
all good junkies go to heaven

You bottled divinity
for the thimble to drown in
It brightens the children's faces
when you water your old man
a sinner at gun point
you keep your monkey fed
and he takes and shake it, shake it
out of the ones he hurt

When the medicine you fancy has all run out
all good junkies go to heaven
When the medicine you fancy has all run out
all good junkies go to heaven

You bottled divinity
for the thimble to drown in
It brightens the children's faces
when you water the old man
a sinner at gun point
you keep your monkey fed
and he'll take and shake it, shake it
out of the ones you are

When the medicine you fancy has all run out
all good junkies go to heaven
When the medicine you fancy has all run out
all good junkies go to heaven


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  • +1
    General CommentI'm a leaning glassjawjaw fan... I liked parts and pieces of Everything You Wanted to know... but this is amazing; a breath of fresh air in hardcore. Daryl's dynamic presence behind the mic is apparent here and his songmanship approaches flawlessness. I think this song is not about addiction to any illicit substance, but about addiction to money and policy; American decadence...
    bathosdrifton December 03, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about running out of heroin. everytime i am dopesick i think of this song. fuck glassjaw is so good.
    poopdickpossumon October 20, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is pretty obviously enough I think about addiction, but although he's using a lot of reference to drugs. it's possible he may not be talking directly about drugs and instead could be using it as an extended metaphor for maybe addiction in general, or a specific kind of addiction, perhaps sexual or other, or of course it could just literally be about drugs; who knows but him. I put equal signs below just to put what I think he's likely referring to, but artists have their reasons you know for saying things vaguely and in code; as they say politics is using the truth to lie and art is using lies to tell the truth (not saying I think hes an addict, but rather he likely knows at least one person that is, coming from near a big city and all). It could even be something generally positive like singing or artistic expression which he could himself be addicted to and he's just talking badly about it because why not; I make fun of things I like and things I do all the time; like I said, who knows. Maybe he intended numerous different interpretations that people tend to come up with all at the same time; that wouldn't surprise me coming from an artist like him.

    From the pills for the whispering (whispering=?)
    Even children know you are
    sickened by your own protest (protest=nausea as a bodily protest "heav[ing] at the drain", or else partly using the addiction as a way to "rebel" against one's current life situation in which case "sickened" would mean "feel guilty about")
    and you make sure it will pass
    And you made it your business
    to fish the tumor out (=forced vomiting with fingers, or else confronting a problem, either the addiction itself or using the addiction to confront a different problem, such as some sort of sickness that makes it hard for you to ever feel good)
    so you take and shake it, shake it (take=take the drug)
    out of the ones you are (pull the addiction out from whatever other vices you already embody, or from different drug-influenced versions of yourself)

    When the medicine you fancy has all run out
    all good junkies go to heaven (sarcasm)
    When the medicine you fancy has all run out
    all good junkies go to heaven

    You bottled divinity (=put the object of addiction on a pedestal)
    for the thimble to drown in (thimble=very tiny cup, drowning=biting off way more than you can chew, possibly alcohol but maybe not)
    It brightens the children's faces (possibly talking about an entertainer who performs on drugs, or something like a pornographic artist or martial artist who takes out their addiction in the performance itself)
    when you water your old man (i think either, giving water/drugs to a withered, emaciated person much closer to death than before they started taking drugs, as something that will refresh them temporarily but obviously not bring them much further from death in reality, or else "old man" as in "father", like how it's said that the son will take on the vices of his father, especially things like alcoholism)
    a sinner at gun point (gun=addiction)
    you keep your monkey fed (obvious drug reference, again could be a double metaphor for a different type of addiction possibly)
    and he takes and shake it, shake it (he=the drug/monkey/addiction or the dealer of it, shake it=shake the life out of)
    out of the ones he hurt
    siamesegunon November 22, 2012   Link
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    General Commentfinally
    uprisingon January 26, 2011   Link
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    General Commentgoing on what bathosdrift said, from the chorus i can see a sort of domesday parallel there. 'when the medicine you fancy has all run out' - i.e. when we've used up all our resources, and the world comes to an end, 'all good junkies go to heaven' - all the 'good' believers are taken into heaven.

    i think there may be something in that for the rest of the song, maybe more religious themes as we see on loads of the new glassjaw stuff.. but i can't draw out any more specifics on this one.
    mowglicoyon July 13, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst verse, explains what's going on, you are sickened by your protest, the use, and you're determined to end it.

    The chorus means when the junky dies (withdrawl ends) you go to a better place

    Second verse, bottled divinity is saying you know the drugs make you feel to good for anyone human to deserve to feel, you're way to small to handle such a thing and you drowned in it.

    Third verse, the children can tell even how much better you are after you go to heaven, you used to look like an old man, a version of yourself, quite literally wasted. "a sinner at gun point" (gun point being told to sin) is what withdrawl is like, you know it's wrong, you want to do it, and there is a feeling so strong to use again, in the form of anguish and pain, it is figuratively holding a gun to your head. And then of course it's a warning that if you keep your monkey (addiction) fed, it will take you and beat you.

    Just stumbled across this song, I'm not too much of a fan of the GJ song style, but I am a head automatica fan.
    Wankelmonkon December 26, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe that the song's speaking with regards to Daryl's negative perception of religion; the arrogance, ignorance, and hypocrisy associated with faulty religious practices, and the way that humanity warps religious principles, abusing of its properties and of Creation for selfish purposes. This song denotes religion as something much like a deceptive, toxic substance, making it relative to narcotics abuse.
    GraceVon March 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it's as if the song is speaking in contempt about God, religion, and in regards to religious and political authorities and in general, Earthly corruption.

    "From the pills for the whispering..."

    Whispering; 'May be a reference to scitzophrenia;

    "Pills" - Psychosis is medicated; Illness is buried by medication, but not cured.

    "Even children know you are sickened by your own protest..."

    The children [malleable people - those easily influenced - naive - immature - or children in the literal sense] are witness to the sickness that befalls on the authorities of the world who, in turn, abuse of the underdog; The underdog is aware that Earthly authorities are also sickened by their practices, which is the reason that the authorities formulated medications for the people who are poorly coping with the state of things. With the creation of such mind-altering medications and deceptive council:

    "...you make sure it will pass."

    With a great level of authority, a corrupted leadership can ensure that their negative practices are accepted or, overlooked; Tolerated. Bad practices easily come to pass.

    "And you made it your business to fish the tumor out..."

    Some authorities, in particular, the religious, seem to take it upon themselves to perpetuate the belief that they, themselves, can heal broken souls and bodies by using various tactics. They believe that they may offer a type of cure for the spiritual and physical ailments of human beings; They are the self-proclaimed saviors of the Earth.

    "...shake it out of the ones you are...[or, in the later verse, 'Out of the ones he hurt']"

    This refers to a masters' methods of obtaining a desired reward from ones' fellows; This is Usury. For the sake of some personal gain, humans prey upon one another. Religion and medication are seen by many as some of the greatest and most dangerous means of corrupt control; enslavement; etc.

    "You bottled divinity,"

    A reference to medications formulated for emotional/mental illness, perhaps referring to their likeness as a Spiritual Savior as well...

    "For the thimble to drown in..."

    A thimble's a protective, hollow, steel shell which serves the purpose of shielding the flesh [of the fingers and thumb] from the pricks of a pin [while sewing]. It is opened at one end and closed at the other. The thimble serves as an excellent metaphor to describe a superficial inanimate person; victims often adopt a superficial, narcissistic attitude toward life as a defense mechanism to spare them from the stabbing pains of living with trials. They are mostly open to receiving what is given, but are often closed and hardly giving of what doesn't profit them in return. They become a hollow, hardened, defensive object.

    "It brightens the children's faces when you water your old man."

    Perhaps this refers to the corrupt, deceptive practices of the world's authorities bringing a false happiness to the impressionable humanity; the masses believe faithfully in these false works. The world's leadership leads their herd to believe that their practices are governed by a higher power - the Old Man.

    "A sinner at gun point,"

    The spiritually condemned, either condemned by one's self or another, and feeling profound guilt:

    "...you keep your monkey fed..."

    A primitive animal, described as a possession, "Your Monkey," feeds on practices of condemnation which includes self-medicating depressive feelings of guilt and self-loathing. "Your Monkey," seems to refer to the animalistic addiction within; self-centredness, and perhaps even an authoritative figure.
    GraceVon March 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWOW no comments!!!! This song is AWESOME! I CAN"T WAIT FOR THEIR NEXT
    x9x9x9x9x9on October 18, 2010   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionNew album. NOW!
    BrokenDaggerXSouthernSwaggeron October 19, 2010   Link

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