"Linoleum" is the first of 17 songs on NOFX's 1994 album, [i]Punk in Drublic[/i]. It was not included as any of the singles later released from this album, which were "Leave it Alone," "Don't Call...
Possessions never meant anything to me
I'm not crazy (Cause I got none)
Well that's not true, I've got a bed and a guitar
And a dog named Bob who pisses on my floor
That's right, I've got a floor
So what, so what, so what?

I've got pockets full of Kleenex and lint and holes
Where everything important to me just seems to fall right down my leg
And on the floor
My closest friend linoleum

Linoleum
Supports my head, gives me something to believe
That's me on the beach side combing the sand
Metal meter in my hand
Sporting a pocket full of change
That's me on the street with a violin under my chin
Playing with a grin, singing gibberish
That's me on the back of the bus

That's me in the cell
That's me inside your head
That's me inside your head
That's me inside your head


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"Linoleum" as written by Mike Burkett

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    Song MeaningSeeing some really stupid answers here. I'll break it down.

    Possessions never meant anything to me- he doesn't care about material possessions.
    I'm not crazy (Cause I got none) - this doesn't make him crazy
    Well that's not true, I've got a bed and a guitar - he does have a couple things he loves.
    And a dog named Bob who pisses on my floor - he has a shitty dog
    That's right, I've got a floor - i think here he is speaking to listeners who may call NOFX sellouts or not real punk.
    So what, so what, so what? - who gives a shit if i have a place to live?

    I've got pockets full of Kleenex and lint and holes - all his pants have holes and lint and kleenex. he doesn't care enough to get new ones or take care of his clothes.
    Where everything important to me just seems to fall right down my leg - "everything important" suggests that the shit in his pockets is his most important possessions, which isn't saying much for him.
    And on the floor
    My closest friend linoleum - he spends a lot of time on linoleum floors, probably due to alcohol or drug use.

    Linoleum
    Supports my head, gives me something to believe - he lays on it and it reassures him of reality. once again, definitely alcohol or drug use here.

    now for the last "that's me" part. I think it's just saying that he could be anyone really, and that anyone could be anyone. it's a way of saying we're all really alike, even if our problems or our lifestyles set us apart.
    torkonon August 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYEAH!!!!!!!!!!
    crazysk8er115on June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song means a lot to me. I don't see it about as being a song for the homeless or even teenagers. This is about a young adult who is lonely, depressed and sinking deeper and deeper into a rut. Sleeping (on his floor) is something he finds himself doing fat too often and failing at life is something we all fear: that's me inside your head.....

    Musically and lyrically this song is perfection and a fine example of early 90s Californian Punk, before it became corrupted by the industry executives and their pop-punk cross over bands.

    Mort2010on May 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe meaning of this song is that Fat Mike loves linoleum floors.

    Here I break it down line by line

    Possessions never meant anything to me - i don't need things like other people do.
    I'm not crazy - This fact does not make me insane.
    Well that's not true, I've got a bed, and a guitar - Actually, my bed and my guitar are pretty important to me.
    And a dog named Bob who pisses on my floor - I also like my dog who pisses on my floor (???)
    That's right, I've got a floor - You know it sucka, I got a floor.
    So what, so what, so what? - So what? so what? so what?
    I've got pockets full of Kleenex and lint and holes - I have pants with pockets. In the pockets are kleenex, lint, and holes.
    Where everything important to me - ???
    Just seems to fall right down my leg - he lost me here.
    And onto the floor - So he peed?
    My closest friend, linoleum - thank god i have a linolium floor
    Linoleum -
    Supports my head, gives me something to believe - Ok so, admittedly material posessions are important
    That's me on the beachside combing the sand - Pickture this, I'm on the beachside, combing the sand
    Metal meter in my hand - looking for money with a metal meter
    Sporting a pocket full of change - There's my change
    That's me on the street with a violin under my chin - Wait, now I'm playing violin like if I had violin lessons
    Playing with a grin, singing gibberish - Playing with a smile, singing gibberish (why?)
    That's me on the back of the bus - I'm in the back of the bus cause I suck
    That's me in the cell - I'm in the cell (what kind of cell? a jail cell perhaps. people with tattoos come to mind.)
    That's me inside your head - I'm inside your head
    That's me inside your head
    That's me inside your head
    lizcontrolon August 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all everybody has their opinion and there aren't right or wrong answers. Some just fit more, so share your opinion. I will say mine step by step...

    In the first part he tells a story of a guy who could be him, in this case it's someone who is judged by others in being different, poor, weird etc. But that guy doesn't care what they say because even without some great fortune, he can live a good life and be happy with small things like "guitar" or "dog". He also says he is no different then them, he has a home and his bed. It's like a dialog in which we can read only Fat Mikes lines, and him answering to "someone".

    He starts the second part by saying he's got a pocket in which are tissues, lint and holes. Maybe tissues and lint tell that the it's the same tissue used more times or a tissue that wasn't even used. Don't know what it could represent, but it all falls through the holes and ends up on linoleum.

    Linoleum could mean a million things, and I'm just sure it doesn't mean a simple linoleum. It's something he can always count on, maybe like a friend, family or even drugs.

    The next part someone looking for something he lost, or wants to repair the loss by getting new. It also may represent a homeless guy looking for money in every way, by searching in sand or playing violin. All through he says "That's me on the street with a violin under my chin, Playing with a grin, singing gibberish" isn't most likely what a homeless person will do for money, more like someone who knows he lost the battle, but still holds up with a smile and does what ever he wants, even if it isn't perfect, or even good.

    And finally in the last part, we all know who sits on the last seats on the end of the bus. Okay, sometimes it's kids on trips, but if it's a local transport, a last seat in the bus is something like a last place in a race, the place where you don't want to be. Probably sitting alone. Don't know what "That's me in the cell" means, but I think the idea of it is that he is everywhere and even he is in a really bad situation, he keeps strong and doesn't let anything slow him down. He's like our conscious and wants to inform us, we will all see what he's been through, and most of us will feel what he did.

    Pretty sure this song is about Fat Mike's sad life story.
    BlindDogon June 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkinda weird and twisted lyrics but great music, its about a teenager whose sick of all the people telling him to get a life and a job and all that shit
    sic n twistedon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh this song rawks so much!! I love it.
    siren86on May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobviously the best nofx song along with malachi crunch
    LouisNofXon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentstory of my life in a song rite here, awesome song.
    sic n twistedon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentshai huluds cover of this song dominates !
    Mofoismon June 13, 2002   Link

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