You can't get to heaven in a silver spoon
You can polish everything
Except for the mark on you

Come be the first in line
To shake the hand of mine
(They call you out and up)

All Hands on the bad one
We would be no better

You can't get to heaven in your Sunday best
When the night before they were calling it your cocktail dress

You can't get to heaven with a three chord song
They called you a sinner
But the people want to sing along


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  • +1
    General CommentI love this song! I'm not sure what it means, but I live the part about the "three chord song." :-)

    Also, for all you drummers, I've been working on tabbing this song, check tk-jk.net/S-K/…, it should be up soon!
    StephNJon June 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is an excellent song... the drums and the guitars are just so catchy, and the lyrics always make me laugh.
    FREAKISHfireflyon June 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've really got no clue what this song is about. The lines
    "You can't get to heaven in your Sunday best
    When the night before they were calling it your cocktail dress"
    seem to be about hypocrisy. The rest of it, I'm lost on.
    buryourdreamson March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about hypocrisy
    and self image. how you present yourself
    and stuff... and how your self image
    contridicts.

    wow that was redundant....
    the_modest_jerkon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe bit: "You can't get to heaven in a silver spoon" seems to me to be about how you say people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth ie. rich. And uh, basically, being rich means nothing/can't you into heaven. I don't think they're literally meaning heaven though. But then again, maybe they are...

    Also, the "you can't get to heaven in your Sunday best when last night they were calling it your cocktail dress" means that (well, I think :P) you can't present yourself all good-ness when you're not :P and those two bits kind of sum up the song for me.

    Great song ^_^
    agree_to_disagreeon October 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDrugs maybe?

    You can't get to heaven in a silver spoon =
    Cooking drugs in a spoon. trying to get high.

    You can polish everything
    Except for the mark on you =
    Trying to hide track marks. You can look neat and presentable but you can't cover up track marks.

    Janedoughon June 20, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOk, finally figured this song out. Carrie said they named the record after this song because the record is about all versions of morality, grey areas. "All hands on the bad one" is their version of "let the one without sin cast the first stone" - it is saying, we are all flawed, we are living in a complicated world. It is about hypocrisy and also somewhat saying that we are all hypocrites at the end of the day. What a tough one, and a great one to crack!
    rosemariexon October 14, 2016   Link

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