"Signs" as written by Les Emmerson and Les Emmerson....
And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"
So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"
Whoa-oh-oh

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassin' would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house
"Hey! What gives you the right?"
"To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in"
"If God was here he'd tell you to your face, man, you're some kinda sinner"

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Now, hey you, mister, can't you read?
You've got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can't even watch, no you can't eat
You ain't supposed to be here
The sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside
Ugh

And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray"
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all
I didn't have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine"
Woo

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign


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"Signs" as written by Les Emmerson

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  • +1
    General CommentBob and Tom's version is much better:

    "and the sign said anybody caught trespassing
    would be shot on sight
    so i jumped on the fence and i yelled at the house
    'hey! what gives you the...' " BANG!!! *song abruptly ends* lol
    defuncton May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song's not really about signs, as such, the signs just happen to be the method of which it's being carried.

    Specifically, it's more focused on restrictions, rules, subdividing, and essentially, a culture based upon splitting people apart, with an endless emphasis on whot yeu CAN'T do.

    How many signs have positive messages? Other than ones held at rallies or marches, generally few, if any. Almost all signs are things which warn, things which note restrictions, or things which block access.

    Is it a 'hippie' thing to be frustrated with such? To some degree, yes. On the other hand, should we really be so complacent with a culture which is founded on restrictions and subdividing groups apart?

    That's pretty much the point that's trying to be made; the 'signs' are just a focal point to vent that frustration at.
    Katsunion April 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song pretty much speaks for itself.
    weezerific:cutleryon April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a splendid song..
    LiL_pUnK_rAwKeRon June 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHavent heard this original. But I love Fatboy Slim's remix of it!
    bkat004on October 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentclassic song..
    Unforg1venon April 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMe and my mom and dad would dance to this song when i was little i espically liked the part that went "The sign says you gotta have a membership card to get inside... UHH!"
    beccajeccaon May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLOVED this song. Actually owned the record. I especially remember signing to it with a bunch of kids while at the beach on our 5th grade safety patrol field trip back in the 70's. I was wearing crushed velvet dark purple hot pants (shorts) lined with think black tassles and a stretchy black tank top (which sadly was all the rage:). I thought I was all that! The song is a true 'hippie' tune....rebelling against the status quo. Not wanting to be told what to say; how to dress; where to go...just to fit in to society's 'Leave It To Beaver' standard. The Vietnam War (brought into our living rooms with Walter Cronkite) hadn't ended all that long ago and rebellion was leading the youth movement.
    ComeOnEileenon October 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so epically rad, I do not know what to do with myself! Especially the part where he says, "you've got to have a membership card to get inside" along with "huh" really makes your hand just do some sort of spontainious, random, involuntary, obscene jesture involving the middle finger...it's sad!

    Also, passing around the hat right after that and leaving a note evokes the same [...] to religion but with the whole reason for it the point.

    Luv, love this song!!!
    driftingdreameron May 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLee Emerson wrote this song. According to Wikipedia he lives in Ottawa. Anyone want to go camp out in his backyard to see if he kicks us out?
    cromnion July 19, 2012   Link

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