You get the ankles
And I get the wrists.
You get the ankles
And I get the wrists.
You get the ankles
And I get the wrists.
You come down to this.

Nerves are up
And the eyes all screwy
Blood like a panful
Of boiling ratatouille

Hang from the axles of a box car
Follow the dotted line
Like a steer to Chicago
To the hooks of the Chicago man

I get all tripped up
My eyes turn to water
Rug burns from a shag rug
Struck dumb in the presence
Polyester burns from a jacket
Rub the skin thin
Break down in a diner
Then I pay the bill

Cashier toothpick stuck in the ground
Tiny lawnmower to mow me down
I could get lost in a lunchbox
Lie low in the mittens in the lost and found

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"Down to This" as written by Mark Degliantoni Michael Doughty

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    General CommentDoughty was stoned while working at the Knitting Factory. He was in charge of something to do with lists and a co-worker was in charge of tickets. Doughty was singing, "You've got the tickets and I've got the list!" over and over. Annoyed the hell out of his co-worker. He later tried various things that sounded the same and settled on "ankles and wrists."
    SocialParasiteon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsimple ramblings, smoke mad herb!
    yiggie241on July 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep. Exactly....and he was working as a bouncer btw..
    Greenon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've seen somewhere that Doughty was tripping balls and hallucinated himself throwing himself off the roof of a building, hence the 'you get the ankles and I'll get the wrists.' Doughty is awesome.
    BCKnighton January 05, 2009   Link

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