"Philthy Phil Philanthropist" as written by and Mike Burkett....
There's something wrong with mass consumption
Why do we want what we don't need
Alcohol burn it clean asphalt methamphetamine
Will make it seem alright, it's gonna make it seem alright now
Living in the hunger underground

Some people say I got a problem with authority so
What if I do man it beats relinquishing control
Philthy Phil Philanthropist
You've taken when you should of give away
Philthy Phil you gave to us
More than we cannot repay

There's something grand about being nothing
There's something lame about being grand
Alcohol squirting gun don't want no holidays in the sun
That's me not being you, that's just me not being you are
Either a part of the solution or the problem

Can there not be a middle ground for just the anybody
Replace Superman with Joe Ordinary
Philthy Phil Philanderer
You've taken when you should of gave away
Filthy Phil you gave to us
More than we cannot repay


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"Philthy Phil Philanthropist" as written by Mike Burkett

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    General Commentthe xylophone makes me giggle.
    punkbassplayer20on September 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti lvoe the xylophone in this song
    ThE GlOWiNg?on July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite next to Freedom Like a Shopping Cart off Heavy Petting Zoo. This song I feel is pretty self-explanatory. The fundamental idea of the song is actually given to the listen in the first lyric line. I think he's talking the innate greed in America's economic system, and how its power over the public has lulled people to believing they "want what [they] dont need". I think this message is also perfectly exemplified in the chorus when he says "You've taken when you should've give away." Corporations' inherent greed has been instilled within the public conscience and now we too are takers instead of sharing our wealth with others. This notion of course stands in direct contrast of what it means to be a philanthropist, but of course anyone familiar with NOFX knows that this is just their typical humourous irony.
    wrinkledPholeon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwerd to one of the greatest songs ever.
    Logan55on February 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy fav part of this song is the "blae, blae, blae"-part
    ENion April 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is musically great, i like to play the bassline. and wrinkledPhole, i think you're all wrong, to me this song seems to be about drugs, though i don't understand all the puns, it seems to be about how you become and stay psychologically dependent on them, about what they give you and take from you, how you realize you maybe should give them away, but in the end take anyway and feel good about it. BTW there's an error in first chorus there should be philanthropist, not philanderer
    rigon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song haha. who plays the xylophone? it kind reminds me of something from crash team racin or something
    BadYearBlimpon August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about addiction. "why do we want what we don't need" could have to do with alchohol or drugs. In the line "you've taken when you should've give away" alot of people end up stealing to feed their addiction. The next line saying "philthy phil you gave to us we can not repay" might be about someone that let thir addiction get the best of them any maybe passed away due to it, and to the people that loved that person they gave to them what they can't repay.
    sancho0424on April 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commentalso in the line "you've taken when you should have give away" i think the give away part has to do with giving up whatever it is that has controll over you
    sancho0424on April 13, 2010   Link

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