'Hey, you're a riddle',
I say as I move aside
(Like I really need your advice)
But you won't leave it alone

Little men try but don't get a lot done
Living in sin doesn't move me either way
I get a feeling you're so vague
Like I said before
Little men come when anything goes

[Chorus]
When the rain comes I sit home and pray
Make it all numb
I wish it all away
All I really need is just somewhere to hide away
Kick him when he's down
Here alone I'll put up and fight
Kick him when he's down
Beat me all the way I'll take it all night
Kick him when he's down
Hey, don't worry, I'll get along home alright

Hey, everybody's supposed to be the same
So how come they're so lame?
It's like taking a fall
Keep on running back into that wall

Awake in a dream, get up and go to work
But I'm feeling like such a jerk
Like I said before
Little men come when everything goes

[Chorus]

'Hey, you're a riddle' I say as I move aside
(Like I really need your advice)
But you won't leave it alone
Little men try but don't get a lot done

Living in sin doesn't move me either way
I get a feeling you're so vague
Like I said before
Little men come when anything goes


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    I absolutely LOVE this song... same kinda meaning as Smash: be yourself, don't be like everyone else. My fave line is "Hey, everybody's supposed to be the same, so how come they're so lame? It's like taking a fall, keep on running back into that wall" That line is probably one of my favorites, ever, even though this song isn't my absolute favorite (it's up there though). AWESOME song.

    battybat17on September 05, 2002   Link
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    Yeah id say battybat nailed it there, you get this vibe a lot in offspring songs, does it bother us NOPE because theyre all cool. Natty song

    NoodlesIcemanon September 23, 2002   Link
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    This is my 2nd favorite Offspring song. battybat already explained it, so I don't have to.

    fuckyouallon June 17, 2003   Link
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    I'm sure you all knew this, but Vultures was actually written before this song, and this song was an evolutuion of it. This one just wasn't scraped at first.

    fuckyouallon June 17, 2003   Link
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    yeh id agree with batty, my previous theory was corporaions kickin the little man out of the competion , 'little man tries, dont get a lot don't get alot done', but find no peace from their success. But batty's explantion seems more feasable.

    Spandoon June 26, 2003   Link
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    dope sound dope song doope band HEY EVERYBODIES SUPPOSED 2 BE THE SAME WELL HOW COME THEY'RE SOOOOO LAMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! b uRSElF!!!!!!!!

    Pr0found22on October 07, 2004   Link
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    my all time favorite offspring song, it'll never get old to me.

    i listen to this when i'm feeling somewhat frustrated with friends or people i know. i actually listened to it a lot when thinking about this girl who had turned out to be a huge mistake. "hey you're a riddle i say as i move aside, like i really need your advice" is a freakin great line. for me it was like saying that to the girl, but i really don't think it has much to do with the song. i really think the nail has already been hit on the head, it's a sarcastic look at a society which makes one feel oppressed or not in control, i get the feeling he's talking to the "big-wigs" of the society with this song.

    either way it's obviously about somebody making him feel like sh*t and he's sarcastically saying, "yeah, don't worry about me, i'll make it home alright, it's alright"

    sortileguson April 06, 2006   Link
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    police brutality, particularly in the context of the la race riots.

    dgkfhjlffjfjhlfhjaon January 24, 2013   Link
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    I think this song is about being paranoid...

    Tig45on September 30, 2013   Link

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