"A Child and his Lawnmower" as written by Eric Reed Boucher, Raymond John Pepperelle, Geoffrey Lyall and Darren Henley....
Some clown in
Sacramento was drugged into court
He shot his lawnmower
It disobeyed, it wouldn't start
Might makes right, it's the American Way (R)
They fined him $60 and sent him on his way
You know, some people don't take no shit
Maybe if they did if they'd have half a brain left
You know, some people don't take no shit
Maybe if they did if they'd have half a brain left


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"A Child and His Lawnmower" as written by Eric Reed Boucher, Raymond John Pepperelle, Geoffrey Lyall, Darren Henley

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    General CommentTo me, the song is about people who are so intolerant that they even would destroy a simple machine because it didn't work properly. When you think about it, it can also represent how someone in a higher position could kill someone just because they refused to work. I think it was a toned down example of more serious acts of domination. I suppose Jello wanted people to compare that guy who shot his lawnmower to slave drivers or nazi's and see how much they have in common.
    Wolfsblood138on April 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentfunny stuff
    iwantawifewithtitson June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMight makes right, it's the american way.
    This is really good. So true then, so true now.
    nofutureon June 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI heard this was based on an actual event.
    shadowwiththeeyeson October 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think its making fun of the legal system for not allowing somone to shoot thier OWN lawnmower

    i think the "take no shit" part is saying you shouldnt put up with it.

    is it illeagl to shoot your lawnmower?
    iamtheowlon April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNot just a comment on the legal system, but also the complete lack of mental and emotional maturity in society thaty leads to people resorting to senseless violence (shooting the lawnmower) any time they're unhappy. Back to the legal system, it's also a shot at how the courts don't solve a lot of problems, and they seem to interpret "taking action" as a literal term -- their job is done because they've done something, they dont' really have to fix any problems or do anything productive.
    shadowwiththeeyeson April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentShooting a lawnmower is legal, but discharging a firearm within city limits is not.

    And yeah, it's about people whose immature sense of machismo leads them to commit violence against anything that doesn't go their way.
    Norton23on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf you look closely at the original liner notes included with the CD that this song is featured on, this is about a true occurance of a man from Sacramento, California, who literally shot his lawnmower because 'it wouldn't start.' And he really was fined a little over 60 dollars for doing so.
    Shadowtechon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLeft out part of what I meant to type there: in the liner notes, there's a newspaper clipping which shows a man mowing his lawn, with the story printed below/near that.
    Shadowtechon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, this is actually a true occurence.

    i think with the lyrics though, its not just about the legal system but its also about angry americans. in part, its obviously about how its stupid to have laws against shooting your own lawnmower and how we fine people for stuff like that. but when jello says "you know some people just dont take no shit, maybe if they did they'd have half a brain left" you gotta see that jello is clearly (and i mean clearly, not interperatively) calling the guy who shot the mower stupid. the half a brain thing is calling him dumb, and the other bits are saying that you shouldnt take everything so seriously and be so angry that when your lawnmower won't start, you feel the need to shoot it.
    Cyrus_and_Jeffon September 13, 2006   Link

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