"The Sad Punk" as written by and Charles Thompson....
I smell smoke
That comes from a gun
Named extinction
It was a long time ago
Could have happened to anyone
He was struck by a bullet
And he melted into fluid named extinction
One thousand miles an hour
I'm just like anyone
I want to feel
The road of tar beneath the wheel named extinction
And evolving from the sea
Would no be too much time for me
To walk beside you in the sun
I read something
About a son of a gun
Named extinction.

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"The Sad Punk" as written by Charles Thompson

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    General Commenti get it i get it i get it!
    put the two theories (the commercialized punk and the dinosaur thing) together and what do you have?
    dinosaurs (punk) is now made into crude oil that is sought after huge companies in order for them to make lots of money.
    like, long ago, music used to be real and true and not fake and marketed. but that was shot down and it melted into a fluid named commercialized rock bands posing as punk to sell to a marketable audience.
    marigold16on February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview with Frank where he said it was about how ridiculous the punk rock scene was, how rigid scenesters are about "selling out" and what's hip...I guess he was just making fun of punk kids, which is always fun cuz they set themselves up for it so easily
    Halo Apeon April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, Im into Punk rock to the max, and yes what I wear is "Punkish" But dress has nothing to do with it. Its all in the beliefs and attitude. If I looked any other way, I would feel fake. BTW Punk is not dead....it just sucks now. Thanks to TV and radio. But ithe true form still lives in small town shows and underground.
    zero1718on January 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about how we're all driving around in the sad punk known as the dinosaur. While there are plenty of theories, there isn't really a "smoking gun" for what caused dinosaurs to die altogether. But we still "smell smoke" from cars which run on fossil fuels and drive on roads of tar, despite dinosaurs being extinct.

    "and evolving from the sea
    would no be too much time for me
    to walk beside you in the sun"

    This is a theme throughout Charles' music. Evolution and our aquatic fraternity.

    I think he ends the song with "I read something about a SON of a gun named extinction" which could be commenting on environmental factors that might lead to our own extinction. Like, with the dinosaurs, there was a "gun named extinction" that wiped them out. Now he has read something about "a son of a gun named extinction" or the next big live wiper-outer.
    edbankyon September 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are to abstract for any punks to undertsand haha
    Hindenbergon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhhhh!
    nirvknot210on September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy are people so close minded? why cant people just be people.... i dont understand this whole labeling thing... all it does is bring hostility.
    trajikclownon April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteveryone has to label everyone.
    You're a liar if you say you don't label or judge because it's just impossible to live without that basic instinct.
    People become punk and dress punk because they want to be part of that scene, yeah they may like the music but no-ones making them adopt the dress. I think this song is about how punk culture is so easily led by whatever is seen as most rebellious.
    muchthanmoreon June 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti have read in an interview with Frank Black that the song is about a kid stepping in a dinasour's foot print. Obviously this doesnt really work out with most of the lyrics. Im guessing the song is actually about a number of things(murder, punk, dinosaur foot prints).
    punker_rockeron November 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentY'think?

    Each portion seems to be about something being wiped out. The part about melting int oa fluid and about being covered in road and evolving from the sea are probably about dinosaurs. MAybe the dinosaur thing's some kind of referrence to things that were once great, then were wiped out over time, but were always at least remembered as having been great, meaning the punk scene in this case.
    shadowwiththeeyeson November 27, 2004   Link

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