"Bang Bang" as written by Andre Young, Brian Anthony Bailey, Marshall Mathers and Royal Harbor....
She woke me up with a bang, bang
Looking' over cross eyed had a big
Hunch that the world was a big lie
When I got up all the blood to my head
I got so dizzy fell back into my bed
I went over to the way side
Looking for the high tide
What will I find will I find will I find
All I saw was a man that had a hat
That had a pom-pom he's been there for
Years can someone tell me how long

Wake up to tell me
Wake up to show me
What I could not find

You see this woman woke me up
At a quarter to three and I didn't
Know it then but she put a spell on
Me said I had to go down to where
The cliffs meet the sea and meet an
Old man to present my plea
So I headed way down to the big pier
To await and confront my big fear
I wheeled around behind to my
Blindside to find an old man with a
Lime and a kind eye
Mister, mister with your beard so long
Won't you be a saint and tell me
Just where I'm going
He pointed to a conk shell and then
To the lime and said this is all
I really need to get by


Hey mister man
I know you don't know
Who you think I think I am
But I can safely say, that I
Should've been sleeping the day
Away I said scuse me, you got the
Time he shrugged his shoulders
Said get a spine
Coconut hit me on the head
Jonesin' for a fig
I booked last night
I need another fix
Just then I see a twinkle twinkle
In the old man's eye and a wave
Tossed bottle is thrown to the sky
I caught it on the rebound
It landed with a soft sound
I took out the message and put the
Bottle down
Inside was the antidote to the spell
I read it to the man 'cause he
Couldn't read so well
Said don't worry about a
Thing you know you
Path is true just ease your
Mind have a banana
Or two

Goodness, goodness, woe is me
The man nearly flipped to lean
That he was free but just before we
Left and started kicking it
I picked up the bottle and star sixed it

If that woman comes to you with
Her song so sweet, say damn
Let the poor sucker sleep

Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44, edited by donnyboy

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    General CommentThe Beginning - Woman wakes you up - eventually you begin to question your life and choices that are based on staying high (looking for the high tide). This made him hunch that the world was a big lie (it is, if you are thinking about reality and not directly perceiving it).

    The Chorus - wake up to show me what I could not find (love)

    Next Verse - confront big fear - confront my blind side - the man is either Wisdom or his blind side personified. The man's message seems to be that everything you fear (or are blind to) is because you aren't satisfied with a simple lime and conch shell.

    The last sentence is saying, when the woman (actions based on staying up) come to sing, know they are not going to bring satisfaction.

    This is just a metaphor for how we are already in Gods kingdom, and believing we are not is what awakens the sucker. So let the poor sucker sleep.
    GoldenSpectreon August 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've been listening to Dispatch for about ten years. What I've learned is that most of their songs are written as stories or poems and are not to be taken literally, but each has a distinct meaning. This particular song actually is about drugs, but instead of promoting them, the band is actually providing commentary on the life of a junkie. Those who said that the song is discussing the meaning of life are also correct. The song actually reminds me of an old Indian folktale of a man who was seduced by a woman who possessed him and the only way that he could get clean again was venturing to a sacred river and meeting the guardian of life who cleansed him by instilling in him a new meaning of life that led him to abandon his old ways of womanizing and drinking. I think that that's what this song is about, the life of a junkie who has become enlightened by some higher power (the old man), be it God, knowledge, or just a newfound respect for the sanctity of life. I actually view the woman in this song as the substance or the addiction. In essence I believe that this song is telling us that everyone has power over their own life and also the power to change that life around at any time.
    sharpie600on September 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit s about a guy who wants advice and this lady tells him to visit this guy by the sea but in the end he tells the listener not to listen to to the woman because he feels bad for the guy cuz he is tired
    tumso122on January 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my second favourite Dispatch song, "The General" being my all time first choice. It is a story about searching, about sleep, about identity, and the less tangible aspects of all three.
    Elizabethon February 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, it's one of 4 that i got off my friend's computer on the network at school, and i love it, and the other 3. i need to get more, but i'm having computer issues-- it won't let me download any right now.......
    medusaon February 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who has lost his way(to me it seems like he is on drugs) and he is told to go see this dude at the beach and the old man tells him basically to pay attention to his life and get focused on the important stuff thats goin on.
    phishmanon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI dont understand this song at all.. Love it all the same. :)
    anna118kon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust ease your mind, have a banana or two...

    i love this song :-)
    scheisseon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'd like to see these guys get up and do some free-stylin with their lyrics. these boys are fast!
    BrandoCommandoon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the old man represents a spirit in each of us that guides us through life, or at least tries to. The conch shell and the lime, simple things in life that we don't really think about. The man's spirit is telling him to slow things down, and love life more. And when he learns this, his curse is broken.
    Shmeeon May 19, 2002   Link

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