The words are so familiar
All the same greats, the same mistakes
It doesn't have to be like this

If you don't make a friend now
One might make you, so learn
The gentle art of making enemies

Don't you look so surprised
Happy birthday... fucker
You blow that candle out,
We're gonna kick you, kick you

Don't say you're not because you are
Don't say you're not because you are
History tells us that you are
History tells us that you are

And all you need is just one more excuse
You put up one hell of a fight
You put up one hell of a fight
I wanna hear your very best excuse
I never felt this much alive
I never felt this much alive

Your day has finally come
So where the hat and do the dance
And let the suit keep wearing you

This year you'll sit and take it
And you will like it
It's the gentle art of making enemies

I deserve a reward
'Cause I'm the best fuck that you ever had
And if I tighten up my hole
You may never see the light again

There's always an easy way out
There's always an easy way out
You need something wet in your mouth
You need something wet in your mouth

And all you need is just one more excuse
You put up one hell of a fight
You put up one hell of a fight
I wanna hear your very best excuse
I never felt this much alive
I never felt this much alive

I never felt, never felt this much alive...


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  • +2
    General CommentTo me, this song must be about Jim Martin and the events surrounding his not amicable departure.
    Marquezon January 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about how Patton likes to rape his groupies.
    Entheologiston October 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUh, prison rape, seriously everyone?

    I think this song means exactly what the title says, making enemies. On purpose.

    Mike Patton has said so in an interview himself, "People think too hard about my lyrics. I'm just the kind of guy who chooses words because they rhyme, and not because of the meaning."

    But I guess some people have a point when it comes to this album being about prison.
    Enganoxon December 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is when General Patton is pissed off, particularly he wants to hear no excuses from Layne Staley
    cleventon January 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor anyone used, abused, intolerated, looked down on etc.
    this song kicks ass
    especially when you are in one of those i hate everyone moods
    but it isnt just another crap song about hate, the song is written properly
    Calculator Joseon May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCheck out the book by artist James Whistler entitled
    "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
    Don Juanon June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line happy birthday fucker just sums things up so well. I write it on all my cards
    dysfuncti_1on November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhenever I hear this song, I always think about those people who are always looking for a reason to fight, but when they have the opportunity, don't take it. More of a personal insight than anything, as someone who always wants to hurt people but hates doing it. Or something like 'at. My ideas are kind of blurred at the moment, perhaps someone else could make these a bit clearer.

    "And all you need is just one more excuse."
    "This year you'll sit and take it."
    LordRetardon July 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I hear this song I think of blood-thirsty execs (Hollywood, maybe?) kiss-assing and stepping over the bodies of their weak cohorts on the way to the top... and then they reach the point of no return, where they find the one all-mighty asshole laughing at them and promising they'll NEVER reach the top.

    I imagine this told from two views: those of the protagonist and the laughing ruler.
    fo0tson August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman how good are the guitars at the start of this song, the riff starting at about 16-17 seconds sums up everything i like about faith no more!
    caramelprisoneron January 05, 2006   Link

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