I was raised to believe
All that I read
Fall in line with me
It's all, all that I see

Got a box of lies
Gonna get you high
With the words of wisdom that you need to hear

Got a big ass book
And I'm not a crook
But I'll take your guilt in the form of dollars

Fall in line with me
It's all that I see
What I believe
It's all that

It's all that I see

Keep my fingers crossed
I wanna be somewhere that I belong
Never fold under pressure

Keep my fingers crossed
I wanna be somewhere that I belong
Never mind how I got there

Never mind how I got there

I was raised to believe
All that I read
Fall in line with me
It's all, all that I see

Got a box of lies
Gonna get you high
With the words of wisdom that you need to hear

Got a big ass book
And I'm not a crook
But I'll take your guilt in the form of dollars

Fall in line with me
It's all that I see
What I believe
It's all that

It's all that I see

Keep my fingers crossed
I wanna be somewhere that I belong
Never fold under pressure

Keep my fingers crossed
I wanna be somewhere that I belong
Never mind how I got there


Lyrics submitted by Pokadoodle95, edited by ctorres

Strawberry Swisher Pt 3 song meanings
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    My InterpretationI think this song is a very pessimistic view on religion.

    "I was raised to believe
    All that I read
    Fall in line with me
    It's all, all that I see"
    - Raised to be religious, "all that I see" makes the person seem brainwashed

    "Got a box of lies
    Gonna get you high
    With the words of wisdom that you need to hear"
    - Priests etc. make you feel better with their talk of enlightenment that the speaker feels is all lies.

    "Got a big ass book
    And I'm not a crook
    But I'll take your guilt in the form of dollars"
    - Churches often ask for donations in exchange for guilt of sins in a way

    "Keep my fingers crossed
    I wanna be somewhere that I belong
    Never mind how I got there"
    - How the speaker views most modern religious people, that they want to go somewhere (heaven?), but do not want to do what it takes to earn it


    Anyway that's what I got out of it, but I'm a little biased being an atheist. It is a really good and clever song. And just so this comment doesn't start a huge debate, I have no problem with religion.
    SILENTxHEROon October 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDeath of the robot with human hair, my bad
    tanner1000on May 20, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt feels to me that this song is a commentary on anyone who attempts to sell you a clear pathway to success. Jon's "got a big ass book, not a crook, take your guilt in the form of dollars" line could be about going into debt. Tilian's parts speak about being pre-programmed to think there is a guideline we are expected to follow to reach success.

    Who knows? It could apply to the current state of education, pyramid schemes, or anything else of the sort. Hard to say with this song because while it is very open to interpretation, it's clear there was a message intended to be part of it.
    ctorreson October 06, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThey utilize both of their vocal styles to differentiate between characters.

    Jon Mess (the unclean vocalist) serves as the negative aspects of religion:
    "Got a box of lies
    Gonna get you high
    With the words of wisdom that you need to hear

    Got a big ass book
    And I'm not a crook
    But I'll take your guilt in the form of dollars"

    It seems to be he is talking about how these leaders of religion, or at least, their priests and church committee, are willing to sell religion to you as a sort of motivation that keeps you happy, almost as a drug. "The Word" must be told to as many people as possible in order for them to reach salvation. They "must" be heard. The big-ass book is a religious book (most of us will think of the Bible). Then he explains that he doesn't have crooked intentions, but he is willing to take your guilt for sins as money for a sort of penance. You want to feel better about your decisions, so you pay your church and pray your problems away.



    Tilian Pearson is the clean vocalist, and I believe he plays the part of a person that isn't part of the church committee, but does attend and believe.

    "I was raised to believe
    All that I read
    Fall in line with me
    It's all, all that I see

    ...

    Fall in line with me
    It's all that I see
    What I believe
    It's all that

    ...

    Keep my fingers crossed
    I wanna be somewhere that I belong"

    Being raised to believe in the book of your religion is not uncommon; child indoctrination creates lifelong support of a religion and places of worship. It seems he is asking the listener to understand and agree with him, because there is no other way. It is all that he sees as a viable outcome, or he is blind to any other beliefs being valid.

    He wants to be somewhere he belongs, hoping to get there, even if he does have to pull strings to get there. This place sounds like either the church in general or eternal salvation. Many believers hope their entire lives that their actions will lead them into their eternal salvation, and often think that paying money towards their church, pushing their church's agenda, or putting down others and making them feel guilt in order to recruit them will help. Their hearts aren't in the right place; it isn't just about being a good person, it's about getting to salvation no matter what it takes.
    Unddeadon January 14, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI do think the lyrics are about religion but I'm not sure it's a pessimistic view on it, maybe a pessimistic view on how people exploit it but not the idea itself. The last three people did a good job at explaining the lyrics but in the music video the artist is letting people sacrifice themselves to become part of his artwork but he obviously starts to have mixed feelings about the girl in the red dress and he turns away when she starts running for the painting. An artist is a creator a lot like most gods in most books, the artist would resemble god and the girl in the red dress would resemble jesus, when he sacrificed himself god turned away just like the artist did with the girl in the red dress. Not saying they're Christians but I don't think they are against the idea, they're an art rock band and a lot of art was inspired from the bible, in "a robot with human hair pt 3" they had a robot Noah with a space boat, i think they are just good at finding ways to express they're deep opinions in creative ways.
    tanner1000on May 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think its a bit of a continuation of strawberry swisher 1-2. Number one dealt with being in a relationship but not really appreciating the girl and then 2 was where he lost her to someone who did appreciate. And then here is where he has an existential crisis and tries to find solace and escape from the lonesomeness in religion, however he finds it doesn't help and he still feels alone. I think death of a strawberry is next in the story and essentially says how he accepts life as a party and just decides to live it up.
    ramalama296on August 09, 2016   Link

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