"Comfort Eagle" as written by and John Mccrea....
We are building a religion
We are building it bigger
We are widening the corridors
And adding more lanes

We are building a religion
A limited edition
We are now accepting callers
For these pendant key chains

To resist it is useless
It is useless to resist it
His cigarette is burning
But he never seems to ash

He is grooming his poodle
He is living comfort eagle
You can meet at his location
But you'd better come with cash

Now his hat is on backwards
He can show you his tattoos
He is in the music business
He is calling you "DUDE!"

Now today is tomorrow
And tomorrow today
And yesterday is weaving in and out

And the fluffy white lines
That the airplane leaves behind
Are drifting right in front
Of the waning of the moon

He is handling the money
He is serving the food
He knows about your party
He is calling you "DUDE!"

Now do you believe
In the one big sign
The double wide shine
On the boot heels of your prime

Doesn't matter if you're skinny
Doesn't matter if you're fat
You can dress up like a sultan
In your onion head hat

We are building a religion
We are making a brand
We're the only ones to turn to
When your castles turn to sand

Take a bite of this apple
Mr. corporate events
Take a walk through the jungle
Of cardboard shanties and tents

Some people drink Pepsi
Some people drink Coke
The wacky morning DJ
Says democracy's a joke

He says now do you believe
In the one big song
He's now accepting callers
Who would like to sing along

He says, do you believe
In the one true edge
By fastening your safety belts
And stepping towards the ledge

He is handling the money
He is serving the food
He is now accepting callers
He is calling me "DUDE!"

He says now do you believe
In the one big sign
The double wide shine
On the boot heels of your prime

There's no need to ask directions
If you ever lose your mind
We're behind you
We're behind you
And let us please remind you
We can send a car to find you
If you ever lose your way

We are building a religion

We are building it bigger

We are building

A religion

A limited

Edition

We are now accepting callers
For these beautiful
Pendant key chains


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"Comfort Eagle" as written by John Mccrea

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  • +5
    General CommentThe speaker is lashing out against the commercialization of the music industry and likining it to a religion. Alot of what "he" says sounds like motivational Bullshit: like "think outside the box" and "paradiggum" (mispronounced paradigm), "the one true edge" and calling you DUDE. Sounds like an over zelous promoter or manager. He also makes the religion sound like a hipster pop oriented entity, "limited edition" and "accepting callers for... key chains"

    God Bless CAKE :D
    MorningStaron March 27, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI completely agree with bocmaxima and I think helixx was high when he wrote his comments.

    The only thing I can add is that the 'onion head hat' may be related to the cowboy hats that cake had to sport at concerts and videos. Didn't seem like their style. Although they may have musical roots in country and western, the outfits and the look seemed forced. It probably went down like this:

    DJ: We got the right market for your sound. We just need to make a few changes.

    Cake: We enjoy our artistic freedoms. Can't we just be ourselves?

    DJ: Dude, this will totally work, you have a western twang on some of your songs.

    Mr. Corporate Events: Everyone will be two steppin to your songs and I *I mean* we'll make lots of money. Or else no more recordings.

    Cake: I don't know

    DJ: Come on Dude!

    Mr. Corporate Events: Trust us. In fact we got your cowboy hats and outfits right here.
    alexf1225on April 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhite boy rap!?!?!?!?! cake is not rap!
    WouldItBeYouon June 06, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti reely lke this song i just dont understand the onion head hat lyric please help me oh and i really like the slowed down part its awesome
    i(heart)jamiemyerson January 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about western civilization, brought on by the agricultural revolution, which has evolved into over-commercialization. I didn't proof read any of my analysis, but it was pretty easy to figure out (especially having read Ishmael). I did each stanza at a time. Enjoy! (ps yes i love the song, and now that I know what it means, it is awesome).
    -We are building a religion
    -We are building it bigger
    -We are widening the corrodors
    -And adding more lanes

    Our society... cities getting larger, highways getting thicker. Our 'story' is much like a religion, a tale of creation (see Ishmael).

    -We are building a religion
    -A limited edition
    -We are now accepting callers
    -for the pendant key chains

    Limited edition- we are living in this world as if it's a one-shot deal

    -To resist it is useless
    -It is useless to resist it
    -His cigarette is burning
    -But he never seems to ash

    You can't resist the progress of society.
    Cigarette burning- natural resources
    Keyword is 'seems'... it seems like we'll never run out.
    Also, lung cancer is inevitable at this point :)

    -He is grooming his poodle
    -He is living comfort eagle
    -You can meet at his location
    -But you better come with cash

    The grooming of the poodle implies an aristocratic cluelessness.
    Comfort eagle is an allusion to american culture.
    The cash is just general capitalism bashing.

    -Now his hat is on backwards
    -He can show you his tatoos
    -He is in the music buisiness
    -He is calling you "DUDE!"

    Perhaps this is just alluding to how affable Mr Capitalistic Society is. Or it's jibberish. :)

    -Now today is tomorrow
    -And tomorrow today
    -And yesterday is weaving in and out

    Everything's the same, the past keeps repeating and we keep making the same mistakes.

    -And the fluffy white lines
    -That the airplane leaves behind
    -Are drifting right in front
    -of the waning of the moon

    This one's probably wrong, but I'll go ahead and say pollution. We all look at it as "oh how cute, a byproduct of our society," but it's blocking out the moon (nature).

    -He is handling the money
    -He's serving the food
    -He knows about your party
    -He is calling you "DUDE!"

    Handling the money and serving the food... basically the way our society is set up.
    And once again, affable Mr Capitalistic Society.

    -Now do you believe
    -In the one big sign
    -The doublewide shine
    -On the boot-heels of your prime

    I can't figure this one out. Are we licking the boot-heels of our 'prime' days and trying to replicate them so much that they double-wide shine? Yeah, I'll go with that.

    -Doesn't matter if you're skinny
    -Doesn't matter if you're fat
    -You can dress up like a sultan
    -In your onion-head hat

    Society doesn't care what you are, so long as it can use you.

    -We are building a religion
    -We are making a brand
    -We're the only ones to turn to
    -When your castles turn to sand

    More capitalism/commercialism mockery.

    -Take a bite of this apple
    -Mr. Corporate Events
    -Take a walk through the jungle
    -Of cardboard shanties and tents

    Reference to Eden. See the book Ishmael by Danielle Quinn if you want a good explanation of exactly what this is talking about.
    Basically, by biting the apple (rejecting the natural order of the world and controlling our own environment), we have traded one inhospitable jungle for another. This line is brilliant. Obviously, cardboard shanties and tents refers to homeless and poor.

    -Some people drink Pepsi
    -Some people drink Coke
    -The wacky morning DJ
    -Says democracy's a joke

    This can be interpreted as "some people vote for candidate 1, some people vote for candidate 2" but the voting doesn't matter because both serve the same purpose and cause the same negative impacts. Many people can't even tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke, as many people can't tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans, or even more literally oligopolies or anything. This could merely express general apathy toward our society.

    -He says, "Now do you believe
    -In the one big song?"
    -He's now accepting callers
    -Who would like to sing along

    More group-think mentality. If you believe in what society is doing, express it, live it up, and also get your 2 minutes of fame on the radio station.

    -She says, "Do you believe
    -In the one true edge,
    -By fastening your safety belts
    -And stepping towards the ledge?"

    Now I'm almost certain this is referencing the book Ishmael. Go read it.
    Essentially, by placing all of our society into one basket, we are all getting into a plane that we don't know will fly and jumping off the ledge.

    -There's no need to ask directions
    -If you ever lose your mind
    -We're behind you
    -We're behind you
    -And let us please remind you
    -We can send a car to find you
    -If you ever lose your way

    Allusion to group-think mentality. Society keeps marching on in the same direction and you're stuck going that way even if you're stupid/lost/whatever.
    The "car to find you" probably refers to big brother.
    xtravaron June 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about the ludacrisy of religion and comercialization in general. I belive Cake is using the Idea of "building" a cult through advertisement. I think this song is talking bout how much absurd zealousy there is in the world. and how religion is no longer the sacred community it used to be.
    spydermunkie101on June 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song obviously refers to Cake's will for capatilists to come down and bite reality:
    "Take a bite of this apple, Mr. Corporate Events,"
    Refers to a 'fall from grace' (i.e. Adam and Eve). The bible says that when someone ate fruit from the tree of knowledge they would see the world as God does (being omniescent). Cake wants big corporations to see the world as they do.
    "Take a walk through the jungle of cardboard shantees and tents,"
    This again to Cake's want for corporations to see the world as it is.
    The rest of the song is a conversation, per se, between the big corporations ("We are..") and the real world ("He is...").
    Unreadyon February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think you guys have it backwards. It's not about the commercialization of religion, it's about the religion that IS commercialization. Think about it. Jonas Brothers. Hannah Montana. It's like an obsession. The Beatles were close to being greater than god, but all sorts of suckish people like the previously mentioned Disney sellouts ARE more popular than god. perhaps that's why today sucks.

    Though I think alexf1225 hit a good note as well.
    JimiHendrixJron December 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHelixx is correct in his analysis. This is song is about your drug dealer, just like Italian Leather Sofa is about a coke dealer. Lemme break it down for you.

    "Accepting callers for pendant key chains"
    -There are key chains meant for holding small objects, such as pills or other drugs.

    "To resist it is useless"
    -referring to drug addiction and trying not to call your dealer

    "You can meet at his location, but you better come with cash"
    -Duh

    "Now his hat is on backwards...."DUDE!""
    -Ok, I don't know how many corporate exec's in the music industry that have tattoos, wear their hats backwards and call people dude, but I do know more than a few kids who do and/or sell drugs that are musically inclined, have tattoos, wear their hats backwards and call folks "dude".

    "Now today is tomorrow...weaving in and out"
    -When you're high on whatever your vice happens to be, time stops being significant and it becomes very hard to keep track of. Days melt into weeks, weeks melt into months, etc.

    "Fluffy white lines"
    -Huh, I wonder what that could be reffering to

    "He is handling the money..."DUDE!""
    -another "duh" line, particularly with the "serving the food" line.

    "You can dress up like a sultan..."
    -people on drugs sometimes dress in a ridiculous fashion, as it's amusing to folks that're high (hard to explain if you haven't had the experience)

    Need I go on further?












    Daishion August 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSalesmanship is become an essential part of American life, from religion to family life. As all things Cake, leavened with a healthy bit of self-deprecating humor.
    ButtOfMalmseyon May 02, 2002   Link

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