"Jack-Ass" as written by Beck Hansen, John Robert King, Michael S. Simpson and Bob Dylan....
I been drifting along in the same stale shoes
Loose ends tying the noose in the back of my mind
If you thought that you were making your way
To where the puzzles and pagans lay

I'll put it together
It's a strange invitation
When I wake up someone will sweep up my lazy bones
And we will rise in the cool of the evening
I remember the way that you smiled
When the gravity shackles were wild

And something is vacant when I think it's all beginning
I been drifting along in the same stale shoes
Loose ends tying the noose in the back of my mind

If you thought that you were making your way
To where the puzzles and pagans lay
I'll put it together: It's a strange invitation


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"Jack-Ass" as written by Bob Dylan Beck Hansen

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    General CommentOr maybe it's just about the daily grind of life and breaking out of the feeling that you're doing the same thing everyday. Sometimes, you just feel like you aren't making any progress and waiting for something extraordinary to happen to you. I think it's about that moment in your life. I don't know if that makes any sense to anyone else....Maybe it doesn't even have a concrete meaning, per say...it's just the mood it evokes.
    suclid003on April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLoneliness, lost love, feeling lost and unsure of where life is taking you.
    suclid003on February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is how he feels like a jack-ass for screwing up his life.

    Hopefully not autobiographical, because beck kicks ass.
    Honeythatsokon January 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlthough I don't really have a definite, well-structured idea what this song means, I like it just for the mood that Beck is able to convey from the sounds and words. It feels really mellow and lazy, like a walk down a dusty worn path with nothing but a suitcase in hand and your jacket strung over your back. If I could take a stab at the meaning, I'd say it's about the general laziness we all feel from time to time and how things go so slow when you are idle and have nothing on your mind. I think it's about reflecting while coming out of a state of idleness and heading nowhere.
    suclid003on April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a hard one. He is feeling the stab of routien and is deprssed because all his unfinished work. So, I think he is looking for release in drugs or love. He knows eventually he'll wake up with memories of their time together. Even still he feels he has found himself back where he started: still unsatisfied.
    myreliquaryon August 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow,I thought this song would of had way more comments, it's so amazing lines in it.
    mogssaion July 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeck is awesome. i expected more comments for him...anyway this song is awesome. xxx
    janesbrokenhearton September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like that song...it has a sort of pavement/guided by voices sound to it.
    emogetupgirlon June 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis makes me think of the movie Midnight Cowboy. Anybody agree?
    eokramon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my favorite songs. ever.
    subterranean_summeron March 20, 2005   Link

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