Don't tell me I was born free
That joke has been old since high school
You'll only find the wrong job for me
Much as I'm looking like the right tool

I never wanted to grow up to be
Some kind of social construct, imagine me
A cog in some kind of infernal machine
And yet a bounty of beautiful boxes awaits
Forever flashing on that screen
So please, don't tell me I was born free

You're gonna get your chance to be hung
You'll make a great gift to gracious girls
Try to swallow while you're still young
That your dick's too short to fuck the world

What you know about being no sort of slave?
I know some kids who'd kill for this kind of cage
But I never want to act my age
I'm a born again babe with a vague rage
Mewling and puking upon that page, okay?
So don't ever get in my way

Sweating through the sheets seven nights a week
Screaming as I sleep, dreams of demons streaming through the streets

Watch the acid eat away the enamel
Kissing the toilet seat, does it make me an animal?

Sludge through the sewage, it's such a world of shit
Feeling like we live, live on a Diarrhea Planet

First I was emboldened, then I was embarrassed
Started out golden and ended up garish

I couldn't approve, but I could understand
I know what just appeared, and what just happened in your underpants

Tonight you're gonna see, it's my body and me
We'll ride to the city and grab on that sin with both hands


Lyrics submitted by ohgrief, edited by Mellow_Harsher, elcalebo

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    General CommentThe first half of this song rules.
    Calexicoon October 25, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningPitchfork: There is another line on the record when you mention the idea of being a slave, and "kids who'd kill for this kind of cage." What is that about?

    Patrick Stickles: The forces of invalidation are talking to our hero. They are are saying, "How can you complain so much, when there are millions and billions of people that wish they had the stuff you have?" But that's an unhealthy way to look at it. I think we should always validate our inner pain. Nothing feels worse than when you feel bad, and somebody tells you, "Well, you shouldn't feel bad, because you've got this and this." Then, you have your original bad feeling compounded with the guilt of feeling bad-- when, supposedly, you should be feeling good.
    nohrdon February 06, 2013   Link

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