recap in taxi no clothes no food take care of the children we'll send for you soon alien you find you feel at home everywhere you'll get by with so much less than anyone decieved entrapment through belief disclosure would decree accusations would be shed instead we stand over the dead the vultures all well fed killer running free outside the window the passing night sky fills with people i know taking me home

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    General Commentthe last lines "the passing night sky fills with people i know taking me home" dont seem to fit with the song, really. i dunno, i cant find anything from my analysis so suggestions are welcomed. great song, too.
    sean7711on March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, and the lyrics are really dreamlike, can't quite work it out...
    rich79on December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite Fugazi song, even though I do not really know what it means. Despite the fact that I don't understand it, I think I know the lyrics to this song the best.
    ratsofftoyouon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love singing this song, Joe Lally should do some more lead vocals.
    been training dogson December 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's about the experience of illegal immigrants who come to the states to send money home...("alien,you find you feel at home everywhere")
    "Modotti" is Tina Modotti, the Mexican photographer who was an associate of Frida Kahlo, and Deigo Rivera.

    Then it gets confused in a tangle of serious sounding Fugazi words- "accusation", "disclosure", ect - does something violent happen to the immigrant ? We may never know.
    TheNipperon May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe second half of the song is about the promise of the New World compared to the reality of an immigrant's life in America. The last lines are Joe reflecting on how easy he has it compared to them.
    kyeoon December 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song is definitely about immigrants.

    The end seems to be about an immigrant being deported because people who were also illegal reported them."The passing night sky fills with people I know taking me home"

    It is a critique on the crack down on "illegal" immigration, "instead we stand over the dead," even though the government benefits from them, "the vultures all well fed" and the fact that America is founded on immigration. "Deceived, entrapment through belief"
    CWallace56on April 03, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIMHO, they were either inspired by Radiohaead or vice versa. This song reminds me SO MUCH of subterranean homesick alien off of ok computer.Which is weird enough that I noticed sims between them,BUT THEN.....

    Also the album this is from, End Hits and OK computer both have songs called No Surprise or No Surpises in radioheads case. Noticed the similarities between the alien songs first. Thats where "the passing night sky fills with people i know taking me home" comes in in relation to radioheads "I'd wish theyd swoop down in a country lane late at night when I'm driving"

    but yeah noticed those two first and then the no surprises thing came about and BOY WAS I ACTUALLY SURPRISED!!!!!!!
    STUDLYCUDDLYBUDDYon May 26, 2011   Link

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