lying on our backs, this is your parents' bed, a good place to be laid 'cos it's so neatly made. staring at the ceiling, vein to vein the lines look the same as the ones that you're seeing, and then you start speaking: tracing your father's footsteps in your mother's shoes, going up and over and across your latin roots. point points back to its origin, across the world cogs are clogged with the sand, here the air breathes freely and our tongues work loosely, border approaches border, you're using your hands and smearing your r's. i'm looking over my shoulder, strained resistance to scour the door for you father's footsteps or your mother's shoes, coming up and over, cut across your latin roots. it's time to meet you makers.


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    General CommentI guess this might be talking about America and the great country it is. Mothers make the shoes. Smearing your R's I think is hiding that you're not native if you're in the US illegally. am I wrong again? then write something!
    jesuisyannon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song illustrates Guy's best talent: filtering a song about emotions through a song about politics. He does it in "Do You Like Me?" as well as "Margin Walker." Portions of the song suggest it's about losing one's virginity, but then that motif is contrasted with a discussion of roots and origin. Thus, I think the metaphor suggests losing one's innocence in realizing that roots set people apart from one another.
    hinthinton February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or does "its time to meet your makers" sound like "its time to meet Jamaicans"?
    atamataon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCould it be as simple as the prospect of having to meet a lover's parents? I'm not sure, I just always thought that's what the last line means. When a relationship gets to that point that each partner has to start sharing a bit of themselves...

    Don't worry atamata, I've noticed. I also used to think the line in "Reclamation" is "they're in my body!" till I had bought the CD way back when.
    ShepherdofBeingon August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about having sex in some mexican chick's parent's bed. he contemplates the socio-political ramifications of his actions, as well as the very real and (probably) physical reaction her parents would dish out were they to catch him having sex in their bed.
    koalajron April 19, 2011   Link

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