I'm a pale imitator of a boy in the sky,
With a cap in his head and a knot in his tie.

I'm the light in the mall when the power is gone,
A shadow in a corner, just playin' along!

I'm gonna lay in my bed, I'm rolling aside,
But if a get a car- A moment to ride.

Because I know if I ever tear living with you
You've got a holding chainAnd you don't know what to do!
You'd stop!

You wanna do it but you don't know what you doin' baby! A-a-a-a-aha!
You wanna feel it, but you don't know what you're feeling tonight!
And if you're thinking, and I don't know what you're thinking baby! A-a-a-a-aha!
You go on thinking and you gonna make it alright!

I'm impregnable, incredible, the setting of quoI'm a late Jimi writer, not a heart and soul.
Got Saturday night, enough's been said.
If I ever had to do it, well, you know I wouldn't care.
I'd just get down, I'm loving the feat, and if I wanna talk back, the message is free!
I never found a ray and...And if you can't partake, you get 'em alive.
You get a heart--ache..

You wanna do it but you don't know what you doin' baby! A-a-a-a-aha!
You wanna feel it, but you don't know what you're feeling tonight!
And if you're thinking, and I don't know what you're thinking baby! A-a-a-a-aha!
You go on thinking and you gonna make it alright!

Every time we try, we get nowhere!
But wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people, yeah.
Trying so hard to act like we don't care...
But it's true, you do, nothing is left,
So I guess I'm right!

New word, onomatopoeia... boom! Quit acting like you don't wanna be here.
Fuck around and get jumped like leap year.
Glock and a glove make you really wanna leave me a...lone, get off, go'n, go'n.
OK, OK, OK back to the happy zone,
Rap ain't nuttin' but the art talking ish.
My girl look pretty up there, ridin' it.

My plaid pants, my solid future, Asinine ass, and a gorgeous coochie.
I'm an outcast, but you're into me. Summer got mad cause Winter blew me.

That juicy fruit, that shplooshy-shploosh. Generation X on bloop de bloop!
Get duked out, or get duked-duked.
Er'rybody hit the floor, we through the roof, Ha!
Like a chimney, I commend me. How come it be, some lame, man,
Nigga talkin' 'bout "Aww, he don't rap enough"
But y'all rap a lot and I'm like "Wrap it up, hoe"

Ye ain' Scarface, ye ain' Willie D, Ye ain' Bushwick, ye ain' killin' me.
Better play wit' yo ma'fuckin' mama, Bet you still stay wi' yo ma'fuckin' mama.
Keep sleeping on me, I'mma rock my pajamas!
In the daytime I swear, I promise.

Dare a nigger say som', tear a nigga face off. How come blacks don't play baseball?
Y'all white, know y'all can taste all this fly shit! I stay finna take off.

Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang!
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.

Ye ain't fresh squeezed juice, nigga, you that Tang!

Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.

But is ya really Slick Rick? No you Dana Dane!

Bet it up, head erupts, A lava language, and the vocals volcanic.
If it ain't fix, don't broke it, don't panic,
If it ain't this, it ain't shit, goddammit,
If it ain't this, it ain't dope, it don't flush,
If it ain't hip, it don't hop, well then hush.

Man, they sound like! Man, they stole yo! Man, they look like-! Nope it ain't us.

Ah, Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang,
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.

Is ya really Slick Rick? No you Dana Dane!

Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang!
Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang!Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang!
Ye ain't fresh squeezed juice, nigga, you that Tang!

Every time we try, we get nowhere.
But wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people, yeah.
Trying so hard to act like we don't care (I don't care)
But it's true, you do, nothing is left.

So I guess I'm right!

Flip the page, our days are revelations (Hiiide!)
Space is strange, doctor, I've got no patience!
Oh, it's all a part of the process (Okay, okay)
Nothin's new, it's true, cool, I admit, shit, I guess you're right!



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    General CommentThis song is obviously about sex, i mean it's completly obvious in the entire rap section, and where it starts at "You wanna do it but you don't know what your'e doing baby", it's very clear references to sex. The rest of the song on the other hand is, well i dont really think it has a meaning but whatever.
    GorillazFan10on May 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI Think this song is deeper than it appears to be,

    I think its about adolescence.
    All we go through in that part of our lives.

    Here I go, Its going to be a long post:

    "I'm a pale imitator of a boy in the sky,
    With a cap in his head and a knot in his tie."
    I think it means how some of us try to look cool to others,
    while hiding our real personality, hence the term: Pale imitator

    "I'm the light in the mall when the power is gone,
    A shadow in a corner, just playin' along!"
    Its about those of us who are left out, Just a shadow in a corner,
    playing along to what people say

    "I'm gonna lay in my bed, I'm rolling aside,
    But if a get a car- A moment to ride."
    All teenagers are really lazy and like to sleep,
    and they all want to learn how to drive.

    "Because I know if I ever tear living with you
    You've got a holding chainAnd you don't know what to do!
    You'd stop!"
    I think its about the complications that parents get when their son/daughter starts acting stuborn (As any teenager)

    "You wanna do it but you don't know what you doin' baby! A-a-a-a-aha!
    You wanna feel it, but you don't know what you're feeling tonight!
    And if you're thinking, and I don't know what you're thinking baby! A-a-a-a-aha!
    You go on thinking and you gonna make it alright!"
    A key part of the song,
    It means on how us teenagers, think that we are mature, we are ready for the things adults do, We wanna do them, feel them, but after all,
    we are still inmature, we dont know what are we doing, we are "babies"
    But we go on thinking that we can do them, we convince ourselves that we can

    "I'm impregnable, incredible, the setting of quoI'm a late Jimi writer, not a heart and soul."
    I think it means on how strange we are in this age,
    We are impregnable because of all the trends that are targeted at teenagers,
    We're incredible because of how we are, not a child anymore, but not an adult yet.
    We are not heart and soul because parts of our personality are yet to be defined.

    "Got Saturday night, enough's been said.
    If I ever had to do it, well, you know I wouldn't care."
    I think its about how some of us would rather go to parties than doing our chores (School homework for example)


    "I'd just get down, I'm loving the feat, and if I wanna talk back, the message is free!"
    I think its about how we feel more mature, thinking that we can do things that are not yet for us, and thinking we can disrespect anyone (Hence the frase "Talk back")

    "I never found a ray ,a knot in sight
    And if you can't partake, you get 'em alive
    You get a heart--ache"
    Confusing for me, maybe its about our need of acceptance,
    The heart ache is how we feel when we are left out

    "Every time we try, we get nowhere!
    But wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people, yeah.
    Trying so hard to act like we don't care...
    But it's true, you do, nothing is left,
    So I guess I'm right!"
    This is another key part of the song,
    We try so hard to fit in only to get nowhere,
    That goes down to us thinking "Wouldnt be nice if we where all the same?"
    (Normal people)
    We try to act cool, like things dont matter to us, we go around saying "I dont give a fuck" when the thing is, that we do care, we have problems that annoy us, and sooner or later, we have to admit them.
    The "I guess im right" part I think is said from the perspective of an adult, they have passed this part of their lives before, many of the things teenagers are going through, their parents have gone through them before, so theyre "right" when punishing their teenage children.

    And now, the rapping starts:

    "New word, onomatopoeia... boom! Quit acting like you don't wanna be here.
    Fuck around and get jumped like leap year.
    Glock and a glove make you really wanna leave me a...lone, get off, go'n, go'n. "
    This talks about how some teenagers think that having a criminal life is awesome, and how they picture themselves as thugs or "gangsta"

    "OK, OK, OK back to the happy zone,
    Rap ain't nuttin' but the art talking ish.
    My girl look pretty up there, ridin' it."
    This makes references again to the "thug life"
    some learning to rap and having sex at young age.

    "My plaid pants, my solid future, Asinine ass, and a gorgeous coochie.
    I'm an outcast, but you're into me. Summer got mad cause Winter blew me.
    That juicy fruit, that shplooshy-shploosh. Generation X on bloop de bloop!"
    More references on how teenagers are acting way too much forward,
    They dress too much revealing,
    Going around behaving disorderly,
    And (again) having sex at a young age,
    Giving power to the new generation thats getting seriously fucked up.

    "Get duked out, or get duked-duked.
    Er'rybody hit the floor, we through the roof, Ha!
    Like a chimney, I commend me. How come it be, some lame, man,
    Nigga talkin' 'bout "Aww, he don't rap enough"
    But y'all rap a lot and I'm like "Wrap it up, hoe"
    They all like to party,
    And annoy other people only because they dont do the things the "cool dudes" do (Like doing drugs, drinking, smoking, have sex, etc)
    And some of us start doing those things to "prove them wrong"

    "Ye ain' Scarface, ye ain' Willie D, Ye ain' Bushwick, ye ain' killin' me.
    Better play wit' yo ma'fuckin' mama, Bet you still stay wi' yo ma'fuckin' mama.
    Keep sleeping on me, I'mma rock my pajamas!
    In the daytime I swear, I promise."
    This is in the perspective of an adult I think,
    Its about those strict parents who seriously disaprove bad manners on them,
    On how they picture themselves as independent, but yet still are dependent on their parents (hence the term "Mama")
    so they "promise" that if the youngster keeps behaving like that, they will give him a huge punishment.

    "Dare a nigger say som', tear a nigga face off. How come blacks don't play baseball?
    Y'all white, know y'all can taste all this fly shit! I stay finna take off."
    A reference to black teenagers and their way of thinking.
    (I think)

    "Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang.
    Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang!
    Do ya damn thang, do ya thang-a-thang."

    The part the song receives its name from
    I think its said From the perspective of parents, and older people
    Kids, DO YA DAMN THING!!!
    The Adolescence is a fase of growing, of planning,
    just enjoy it,
    dont go directly to the adult stuff,
    Enjoy this age while you can!!!

    "Bet it up, head erupts, A lava language, and the vocals volcanic.
    If it ain't fix, don't broke it, don't panic,
    If it ain't this, it ain't shit, goddammit,
    If it ain't this, it ain't dope, it don't flush,
    If it ain't hip, it don't hop, well then hush.
    Man, they sound like! Man, they stole yo! Man, they look like-! Nope it ain't us."
    A reference to how all of us make mistakes,
    and how we dont learn from them.

    "Every time we try, we get nowhere.
    But wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people, yeah.
    Trying so hard to act like we don't care (I don't care)
    But it's true, you do, nothing is left.
    So I guess I'm right!"
    This last part its truly meaningful,
    the first repeated part is how older people try to give us advice,
    theyre right after all.
    But still some us ignore them (I dont care)

    "Flip the page, our days are revelations (Hiiide!)
    Space is strange, doctor, I've got no patience!
    Oh, it's all a part of the process (Okay, okay)
    Nothin's new, it's true, cool, I admit, shit,
    I guess you're right!"
    And the last part is a resume of all,
    Everyday we learn more, theyre "revelations"
    "Space" may be our own mind, its strange, we dont understand nor like the new emotions we are dealing with.
    And the last 2 verses,
    make reference on those of us who admit and know whats happening to them
    that all is gonna change for them,
    and so,
    They admit that their parents are right, and admit their mistakes.
    ("Shit" may be for those teenagers who rather unhappy, admit their mistakes)


    That was my interpretation,
    Pretty long,
    but nevermind,
    Its an awesome song of the Gorillaz,
    And proves the hidden brilliance of their lyrics.

    Hope some agree with this interpretation,

    Thanks for your time
    MasterJohnon December 15, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is an allegory for suicide (wait what!)
    the song starts off as follows

    I'm a pale imitator of a boy in the sky
    with a cap in his head and a knot in his tie

    from this we can see the singer pretends he was dead, from boy in the sky,
    and i believe cap in his head means bullet for the fact of he didn't use "cap on his head" but, rather "cap in his head. It is a bit more of a stretch but the knot on his tie could symbolise a noose. The main chorus in the non rap section seems to be taunting this character by saying

    "You wanna do it but you don't no what your doing baby"
    meaning he wants to do himself in but is told about the consquences, it then goes
    "You wanna feel it, but you don't know what your feeling tonight" he wants to feel happy but is sprung about strange feelings leading him to be depressed. The Rap portion is him getting angry rather than his passive aggresive self. He is tired of his sexual frustration, and convinced he is superior to someone of group of people. In the uncensored version however, the song ends with the realization that he is shit and blathers incoherently through sadness. I would explain the song in more detail but I feel that should be a job for you.
    tman111137on March 04, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this song and I hate how it isn't on Spotify
    Sirmurdocon March 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI was just reading the comments and it kinda seems like hardly anyone can understand the meaning for "I'm a light in the mall when the power is gone, a shadow in the corner, just playin' along!" I've been thinking about that line for weeks and I just wanted to share my opinion. I personally see that line as someone saying they are the last resort to a fun time (if that makes sense.) "I'm the light in the mall when the power is gone" Kinda meaning "I'm the last resort for a good time when all the other ones are gone. "A shadow in the corner, just playin' along" also tying into the other as of someone was saying "When the first resort for the good time is back, I am no longer needed and pushed aside where I can be by my self once again." ...or something. I find that this song holds such a deep meaning that what it appears to be, nothing but pure genius... once again, just my opinion.
    stevecoon March 13, 2017   Link

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