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Something's wrong today
I cross the barricade
The police lines evaporate
What will I do with all this empty space
Seas part for my parade(???)
Traffic stops to give me right of way
How will I feel/fill all this empty space
Just hold my breath and dive in
This beat could win me a grammy ( X6)
The hole is so big and the gap is so wide
Now you're humpin' me
With hip-hop beats every night
Put a cloud up over all I've done
And now I’m coming back
Hit the ball before they're gonna forget
No matter who I am
And see how low I can go
This beat could win me a grammy
This beat could win me a grammy ( X6)
In the hole all alone
I want a sympathy vote
I'll take a promenade
I'll take the scenic route
And I can't put a band aid over the ?
No matter who I am, I fucking am, just can’t
Because I’m over remembering her
And her romeo
I wish I didn’t know
This beat could win me a grammy
Voices collaborate
Like wind in dried grass
What will I do with all this broken glass
7 years of good luck

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  • +1
    General CommentI though this song was about Mike Patton thinking about his own stardom and how others see him, and about all the new metal bands who keep coopting the genre he co-started ("humping me with hip hop beats every night) with few other bands. Just a thought.
    Marquezon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe '?' says "What would I do with all this empty space
    TheAnimalsCageon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so cool.....Mike Patton is to Maynard James Keenan.
    IcedPachydermon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthow crazy does he go when "this beat could win me a grammy" comes up.

    patton kicks ass !!!
    shainsaw2060on April 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentp.s...... keenan got fuck all on Patton, Patton is way more diverse as a vocalist....keenan may be doin different styles but he always sounds the same.

    but im a fan of both singers....i just dont like it when people compare them
    shainsaw2060on April 09, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThe last couple lines ("Voices collaborate / Like wind in dry grass / What will I do with all this broken glass?") are a reference to T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men," lines 5-9:
    "Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    As wind in dry grass
    Or rats' feet over broken glass"

    "Hollow Men" takes place in a sort of purgatory/limbo "twilight kingdom" which is neither heaven nor hell, and is full of the denizens of the modern world who live empty/meaningless lives. The speaker of "Pop 1" is kind of in a similar situation, he sees everything (seas, traffic) weirdly making room for him so he has unimpeded movement, but his dominant feeling is of emptiness rather than freedom. His victories are meaningless.
    tommythecat42on August 13, 2011   Link

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