"(The Gym Is) Neutral Territory" as written by Scot Golley, Daniel Benjamin Yemin, David J Palaitis, Ari Zev Katz and Peter M Martin....
Why find a nice way to tell you you suck?
I hate your guts.
You act so boring.
And if you don't stop those looks I'm gonna poke you in the eye.

Who are you anyway?
You think you're second to none.
Keep your fuckin' eyes off of me.
You fuckin' creep.

Get you're fuckin' hands out of my pockets.
You fuckin' thief.
Why find a nice way to tell you you suck?
I hate your guts.

You act so boring.
And if you don't stop those looks I'm gonna poke you in the eye.
Who are you anyway?
You think you're second to none.

Keep your fuckin' eyes off of me.
You fuckin' creep.
Get you're fuckin' hands out of my pockets.
You fuckin' thief.

And all you kids, so smart, with your cool looks.
Don't you know?
Stop talking about all the stuff that gets you pist.
Don't you know?

Keep your hands inside your pockets and draw deep breaths,
And fumble for the right words.
Put your hands inside your pockets and draw blank stares.
You're living in the real world.

Start a band.
Throw a brick.
You're laziness just makes me sick.
Start a band.

Throw a brick.
You're laziness just makes me sick,
Cause the gym is neutral territory.


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"(The Gym Is) Neutral Territory" as written by Daniel Benjamin Yemin Ari Zev Katz

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    My InterpretationThe most straightforward interpretation is a high school conflict between the writer and another group of students (who are 'so smart, with their cool looks'). These 'kids' annoy the writer with their drivel ('Stop talking about all the stuff that gets you pist'), attitude ('You're laziness just makes me sick'), and theft ('Get you're fuckin' hands out of my pockets/You fuckin' thief'), presumably all during gym class.

    Another conflict in high school that could take the place of this punk vs jock story is a gender conflict between young men and women. Instead of theft of property, the song is now a young woman accusing young men in gym class of sexual assault ('Get you're fuckin' hands out of my pockets/You fuckin' thief').

    The benefit of the alternative interpretation is that it is almost certain that unwanted touching is almost certainly more common in high school gym classes than property theft and a more significant invasion. One problem with the alternative interpretation is that gym clothes often don't have pockets. While this was true at my high school (no pockets was a firm rule), i believe my it was somewhat unusual in its absolute pocket-ban. Jocks vs Punks is such a punk-rock cliche; gender conflict is much less prominently showcased.

    More Lysistrata and less West Side Story.
    wheelinshirton March 16, 2014   Link

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