Bend my finger back (snap)
Wrap it in a paper towel
Break a twig in half and set it straight

Hit me with a wood bat
Hit me with a canister that's fired while
The soldiers drive away

Bend my finger back (snap)
On and on and on and on for days

Hit me with a wood bat
Hit me like a yankee, like a son of
Freedom never as a slave

It's etiquette, you idiot
Spend time behind the line
Show sympathy to LA where the sun don't ever shine
Everybody wants you, but baby you are mine
And baby you're not anybody's fool

Bless me with a heart attack
A real crise cardiaque
And show me where to find the surgeon's knife

Eviscerate me now (hack)
Take me to my punishment
The punishment I've needed all my life

Bend my finger (snap)
On and on and on and on with strife

Listen to my bum rap
Listen to the evidence exonerating me from being right

It's etiquette, you idiot
Spend time behind the line
Show sympathy to LA where the sun don't ever shine

Everybody wants you, but baby you are mine
And baby you're not anybody's fool

I know that I've been wicked and the road to hell is wide
Cursed by curiosity that made us go inside
Everyone was charming but they took us for a ride
But baby, you're not anybody's fool

Bend my finger back (snap)
Wrap it in a paper towel
Break a twig in half and set it straight

Hit me with a wood bat
Hit me with a canister that's fired while
The soldiers drive away

Bend my finger back (snap)
On and on and on and on for days

Hit me with a wood bat
Hit me like a yankee, like a son of
Freedom never as a slave

It's etiquette, you idiot
Spend time behind the line
Show sympathy to LA where the sun don't ever shine
Everybody wants you, but baby you are mine
And baby you're not anybody's fool

The harpsichord is broken and the television's fried
The city's getting hotter like a country in decline
Everyone's a coward when you look them in the eyes
But baby, you're not anybody's fool

Sing next year in Jerusalem
You know - the one at W. 103rd and Broadway?
'Cause this Orthodox girl fell in love with the guy at the falafel shop
And why not?
Should she have averted her eyes and
Just stared at the laminated poster of the dome of the rock?

Remembrances of holy days in Tarrytown and Rye
I don't wanna live like this but I don't wanna die

Condolences to gentle hearts who couldn't bear to try
I don't wanna live like this but I don't wanna die

Remembrances of holy days in Tarrytown and Rye
I don't wanna live like this but I don't wanna die


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  • +3
    General CommentEzra said in an interview that this is a true story about a Jewish girl that fell in love with an Arabic guy who worked at the falafel shop called Jerusalem and there is actually a laminated poster of the dome of the rock.
    "Condolences to gentle hearts who couldn't bear to try
    I don't wanna live like this but I don't wanna die"
    Maybe he's talking about people who didn't try out new relationships because of their race etc.
    Feel free to add more
    hihellobonjouron September 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Hit me with a canister that's fired while
    The soldiers drive away"

    I believe this refers to the infamous killing of a Palestinian by an Israeli soldier in 2011. You can read about it here:

    btselem.org/press_releases/…

    Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a demonstration in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh when a soldier in a moving vehicle hit him with a tear gas canister during a demonstration.
    Nikko86on January 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that the very literal meaning is about tourture and how the protagonist is asking for it but i'm not smart enough to figure out the rest...
    georgiegon June 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJerusalem used to sell really good falafel.
    llyricallon August 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song resembles the hate between Islam and Judaism,
    Like the general middle east, and the intervention there.
    Both countries capture and torture, and i think this song generally is about
    men of faith being tortured.
    Also the talking bit about the orthodox girl falling in love with the guy.
    Amazing song overall, i love how MVOTC is so spiritual.
    AustrianKilleron October 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRead previous comment that is about another romance, but same idea but when read thought was him for himself personally. But that love that is also poison painful.

    I thought was the actually girl making the love painful, she didn't reciprocate it or was a wild type self destructive to have someone soft for them in pain both personally and for them but being hopeless to do anything about either.
    Jennywon December 27, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's saying that the kind of torture that the prisoners at Guantanamo bay suffer is no different than the way Muslims and Middle Easterners suffer from racism in the US
    ComradeJNCon June 09, 2013   Link
  • -3
    General Commentlolwut?
    chips have salton June 04, 2013   Link

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