Pay for the sign on the hill that says 'you're home'
Pay for the hole in the ground to place your bones
Pay for the words in your mouth to flow
Pay for the soles of your shoes to walk the streets of kings
Pay for the simplest things

Pay for the food on your plate to live
Pay for the mood in your mind to give a thought disguised
Pay for the simplest things

Who turned
Who turned the light out
Who turned
Who turned away

One hundred million
Fences around us
Can we own everything
Including the moon and the sun and the stars?

Pay for the whip on your back to break
Pay for the chain on your neck to control your life
Pay for everything




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"100 Million" as written by Jeremy Enigk

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    General Comment:I love the words to this song. it's obvious that he's saying that we have to pay for everything these days, even "the simplest things." Its soo true. "Pay for the hole in the ground to place your bones." Even after death...this world sucks.
    melancholic_punkon August 22, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:it's always baffled me how we can place a value on life and its basic necessities, and yet we clearly do. few people seem to realize how artificially bizarre that is. awesome idea for a song.

    it seems there's also a line about drugs in there: "pay for the mood in your mind to give a thought disguised"

    what do you suppose the "who turned the light out" chorus is all about? it's my favorite vocal part of the song.
    pfinarffleon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:maybe it's asking who started this insanity. the light being our common sense and natural emotions. now it's all fake.

    of course idiot humans started it, and now we're stuck in all the shit weve started. the world sucks and were trapped with how weve made it.
    wax butterflyon April 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:It's sickening but I like how SDRE wrote a song about the philosophy behind their name... about the insanity of putting a price on things all humans inherently deserve... like sunny days.
    saralina002on June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Such a beautiful song, but it's very sad. I think you guys hit the meaning dead on.
    SVTristanon August 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:'Pay for the hole in the ground to place your bones'

    good stuff
    good stuff
    ./on January 06, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:jesus, jesus this song is beautiful ... how it feels to be something on carries this strange hallucinogenic quality throughout... the who turned the light out moment is so pure and wonderful
    vamos scorchoon February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I agree great song , pretty straight forward in meaning
    I read somewhere that it was written by diffrent band member
    you do have to pay for simply everything you do
    and I too think the who turned the light out part is a great shift
    joninowon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I agree great song , pretty straight forward in meaning
    I read somewhere that it was written by diffrent band member
    you do have to pay for simply everything you do
    and I too think the who turned the light out part is a great shift
    joninowon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I think you guys have the meaning perfectly, Isn't it an awful reality in which we live?
    veganstarduston September 20, 2010   Link

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