"Dying Degree" as written by and Mike Burkett....
Dresser drawers are filled with pocket change
Coupons cut, smokes down to the butt
Is this what dreams are made!?

Adding up subtracting down you find
Yourself sucking the rind

Dying degree, graying amie

Final payment made - had you forgot?
The rightful owner of one deluxe cemetery plot
Paisley satin lined how apprapoe
What a better way to go

Dying degree, graying amie

No more eating crumbs
When my pension finally comes
You kids won't eat mush anymore 'round me

Dying degree, graying amie


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"Dying Degree" as written by Mike Burkett

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  • +2
    General CommentYou work, then you die.
    kanoe13on July 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe line is
    "paisley lined satin, how apropos"


    (as in how appropriate)
    goldsacon November 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about working all of your life. Some people work really hard to ensure they have a nice life, but they work so hard that they forget how to live, and all their life turns out to be is just work. Would you rather spend your whole life working and cutting corners to have money, or spend the money you have on nice things, and have fun every once in awhile. Anyone stuck in a working class job knows how this can consume your life, and just work until you get old. It sucks.
    Unknown81on June 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's just about being an average working class Joe whose life sort of sucks.
    JJRadon August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthella cool song but so is this whole cd
    brysonon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the mood of this song
    the music really matches the lyrics cos its sorta sombre or something
    its a really good song i like it alot and its pretty cool how its joined to the song before (the quass)
    Smaxelon August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this a song about somebody who was a pennypincher and saved all his money, but all he got was a grave in the end. So now his kids will get to inherit his money, while he is dead.
    drkshadow03on August 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenteyah drkshadow i think you and i agree for once. ALTHOUGH......i think its about more than that. he is a penny pincher because hes trying ot live out the "punk" lifestyle and you can't really be punk and live in a nice two story house and drive a lexus and be a yuppie.
    rainydayboyon March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it has anything to do with the punk lifestyle. He is talking about a working class man with a family (someone like a school teacher who doesn't make alot of money, someone who has to cut coupons, & someone who has trouble making
    ends meet) They don't eat expensive meals (hence the crumbs) The reason I say all this is by the line about pension. That indicates a man who works all of his life at a crummy job and can;t wait to retire to collect his pension.
    JeffKaos71on March 19, 2006   Link

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