"Chicago Piano" as written by and James/barbot Robbins....
Show me one good paper guarantee
Oh my sweet promissory
Stern old men make a bed for me
I’m more than ready
One more confirmation
Of a new low.

But I’m wired shut
Just say so
Got word when the light passed through
I’m more than ready to give it back
To give it back

Tight fist around a face out of history
Don’t think I don’t know what’s over me
Over me

With a numbing certainty
I’m more than ready
Duty bound
With a guilt-fed guarantee
Good faith
In the narrow path laid for me
Past time to declare sovereignty
I’m more than ready to give it back
To give it back

Lyrics submitted by DevMinor

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    Song MeaningA “Chicago Piano” is a nickname for a tommy gun, which is stereotypically associated with mobsters. What I get out of the song is that it’s about a mobster’s conscious, or perhaps the guilt or paranoia that one may feel while living outside the law. I figure the “stern old men” could be politicians, while the “face out of history” could refer to money. Maybe he’s being paid by crooked politicians to kill someone, or maybe he’s trying to pay them off. He’s still very uncertain about everything, sure that he’s going to end up screwed somehow. Of course, this mobster scenario/psychology could just me a metaphor for something similar. Like, perhaps, cheating on a spouse or being corrupt in some way?
    DevMinoron January 06, 2011   Link

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