People my people -- the cat in the steeple --
and everyone here I need your ear so be cool for a few
I feel a funny emotion, a negative notion
a tear in the air, an unseen stare, if I'm wrong then I'm wrong
what I say?

Senors and senoras -- they cannot ignore us --
we know that they know the score, it's there at the core --always been
and we could give it up all nice, or put it on cold ice
while that could suffice I give these dreams up in hell -- ring a bell --
what I say?

Somebody's got to pay for the piano
Somebody's got to make sure we honor everyone
I know if we can forfeit all our sorrow, it may as well be us

People my people, supreme to my equal
say not a word I know you're tired so am I, I could cry
you know you knew it would be hard to play such a bad card
lower your guard to unseen harm 'cos you're scarred, I can see
and the people that need you say the couldn't read you
you plant 'em a seed they claim they loved all the weeds
so you flee -- what I say?

So people my people -- the cat in the steeple --
and everyone here I know your fear like a friend -- I contend --
commandos commandettes, it wasn't a sure bet
but nothing good was and what should or could be does what it can

It's a quiet and sad choice you hear in your own voice
I know what I'd like and I can't say anymore: Je t'adore
so break it down...


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    General Commentthe song rocks
    Albrechton June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenteverything about this song rocks. and one thing i can honestly say about DP is that its almost impossible to directly compare them with anyone. also the songwriting style is different, these lyrics seem conversational, almost.
    MovieMusic84on July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song kicks ass
    man on tvon June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the inevitable realities of artistic expression.
    "Somebody's got to pay for the piano
    Somebody's got to make sure we honor everyone
    I know if we can forfeit all our sorrow, it may as well be us"

    Paying for the piano is symbolic of the realities of artistic creation, no matter how monumental a work of art is, it costs money, resources and requires effort.
    The section about "honoring everyone" is a sly comment about artistic political correctness. In an age where art is produced across the globe, thousands of artists go unheard, unseen, or unexperienced. There is a growing desire to "honor" all art that is produced, but it is an impossible goal.
    couldBanyoneon December 07, 2006   Link

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