"Rags To Rags" as written by and Mark O. Everett....
There's a spider crawling on the bathroom mirror
Right on top of my right eye
And I can't stop staring back
How did I get this way?
Take a big look at a living lie

Rags to rags and rust to rust
How do you stand when you've been crushed?
So rags to riches was a bust

Sometimes I dream about it what it's like back home
The railroad tracks and the pussy willow
But I had to leave it and I go back
Whenever my tired head hits the pillow

Rags to rags and rust to rust
How do you stand when you've been crushed?
So rags to riches was a bust

Busted once again
But I'll show them one day
That I can buy and sell the world

One day I'll come through with my American dream
But it won't mean a fucking thing

Rags to rags and rust to rust
How do you stand when you've been crushed?
So rags to rags and rust to rust (don't let me go)
Rags to rags and rust to rust (don't let me go)
Rags to rags and rust to rust (don't let me go)


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"Rags to Rags" as written by Mark O. Everett

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    General CommentI love this song. The meaning I get is an american dream is just a dream.
    NutzyPixeon November 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is about E when he left home to move to LA and become famous but didn't make it at first and started to miss home.
    carpet_of_doomon June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat works, but I also think it's mocking the "Rags to Riches" slogan. Basically, he leaves home to make a living for himself, believing he can make it but when he doesn't at first decides "rags to riches" is a load of bull. (and maybe, like you said, gets homesick.)

    Though this is only what I think.
    MercuryCobainon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think briefly this song is about exposing that contrary to the american dream you can't always make it from rags to riches.
    HomicidalSEalon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Comment*agrees with MercuryCobain*
    one of my favorite songs
    Griphuson April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentE conveys the imagery and feeling in this song perfectly. One of their best songs.
    neotemplaron November 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere is a strange feeling of helplessness, but it is a great song. i also agree with MercuryCobain.
    windchilon April 28, 2007   Link

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