All behold the spectacle
A fleshy limbless rectangle
Sitting on a pedestal
So nasal handicapable

Sniff and remember silver ball
Contortions that he can't recall
The torso on a trampoline
The happiness melts into dream

To talk is an enunciated sneeze
To taste is some foul air to breathe

One thought it lasts a day and at that rate he'll most likely live forever!
He's a bird in flight, a hermaphrodite
And he fucks himself as he fucks the world

His twitching brain can dance within
Gyrating more like gelatin
A secret means of ecstasy
Acute and very olfactory

To see is colors crawling in the nose
To hear is stinking highs and lows

He's got an itch but nothing with which to scratch the itch - so wish it away

With his mouth sewn shut, he still shakes his butt
Cuz he's Hitler & Swayze & Trump & Travolta

Smell, Sweat, Movement.
Everyone's dancing.
Fading. Darker.
A subtle fragrance.
Everyone's dancing without him.
Where did it go?

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  • +3
    General CommentAnyone who thinks this song is actually about John Travolta hasn't read the goddamn lyrics.

    The song is about some hypothetical gimp, with no arms and legs, who does drugs to escape his reality. In his drug-induced hallucinations he fantasizes about being a celebrity, that's why he's Hitler and Swayze and Trump AND Travolta.

    All the lyrics support this interpretation (contortions that he can't recall, etc) and the only reason anyone would assume it's about John Travolta is that his name appears in the lyrics and was once the title.
    brian_jameson December 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYes they wanted to call it travolta but were'nt allowed to for legal reasons and called it quote unquote instead. So it is actually called Quote Unquote.
    Dressed2Depresson September 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so about Travolta, and anywone else who was big but then saw their demise!
    I had an older version of the album and This song was called Travolta on the notes. I laughed my ass off when I got it again after Pulp Fiction and the title had changed. To be honest, the title became inacurate after his comback. It wasn't a personal stab at Travolta, so much as it was a statement on the fleeting nature of trends:
    Hitler: fascism
    Swayze: 80s Dirty Dancing
    Trump: Capitalism
    Travolta: Disco
    xinnerxon October 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, the video is pretty fucked up.

    err... ive really been thinking about this song alot... and i can't really figure out exactly what its about... i think its about how much the world values lust and fame.... but when we think about it all it really is a combination of our 5 senses... does that make any sense at all?
    nocolorworldon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually called Travolta; they had to print it as Quote, Unquote on the CD for legal reasons concerning John Travolta. Keep in mind, when this song was written, it was before Pulp Fiction and his "comeback" (jt should blow Tarantino every night for that); before that Travolta was a BIG TIME has been. Quote, Unquote was the name of some biograghy or autobiography of JT published around this time.
    deletedaccounton August 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best band ever. This song makes me feel like I've taken about 600mics of really bad acid, an eight ball, and a few hits of angel dust all at once. And just for kicks, I decide to go to a carnival funhouse and I get locked in there with a bunch of incestuous serial killer clowns.
    jimbobjoeon May 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, Their music is a total mindfuck thats extremely enjoyable
    EBAon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about John Travolta and how he's a twat. If they wrote this song about me, I'd be upset. John deserves it, though...
    Artison July 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah i am gonna have to agree with Artis on this one. When the say disco i can think of that faggot movie travolta did. I also think there might be some connection on how shitty people really are when he says "hitler, swayze, trump, and travolta.". John Travolta is gay.
    vaynetapperon January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know it's sposed to be about travolta, but why?

    I get in image of a man with no arms or legs, and his mouth sown shut, with only the abilty to snort drugs. That's why all the references to senses as being nasal-related.

    Limbless rectangle. No means to scratch the itch. That means no arms or legs.

    Sniff and remember silver ball. Wish it away. Means of ecstasy - very olfactory.
    That means sniffing drugs.

    But yeah, don't really get the relation to Travolta. Possibly because I know buggar all about the guy.
    RememberLoveon April 16, 2006   Link

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