Woo, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright
Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright

Don't everybody like the smell of gasoline?
Well, burn, motherfucker, burn, American dreams
Don't everybody like the taste of apple pie?
We'll snap for your slice of life, I'm tellin' ya why
I hear that mother nature now on birth control
The coldest pimp be looking for somebody to hold
The highway up to Heaven got a crook on the toll
Youth full of fire, ain't got nowhere to go, nowhere to go (woo)

Uh, all of my heroes did dope
Every nigga 'round me playin' married
Or payin' child support
I can't cope
Never made no sense to me, one day I hope it will
And that's that, sport, sport
Pray I live to see the day when Seven's happily married
With kids, whoa-whoa
The world is moving fast and I'm losin' my balance
Now, time to dig, low, low
To a place where ain't nowhere to go but up
Ya wit me, say, "shit, 'sho, 'sho"
Now let me ask y'all this

Don't everybody like the smell of gasoline?
Well, burn, motherfucker, burn, American dreams
Don't everybody like the taste of apple pie?
We'll snap for your slice of life, I'm tellin' ya why
I hear that mother nature now on birth control
The coldest pimp be looking for somebody to hold
The highway up to Heaven got a crook on the toll
Youth full of fire, ain't got nowhere to go, nowhere to go

It's shitty, Ricky Stratton got a million bucks
While my cousin Ricky Walker got ten years doing Fed time
On a first offense drug bust, fuck the ho-lice
That's if you're racist or you're crooked
Arrest me for this dope, I didn't weigh it up or cook it
You gotta charge the world 'cause over a million people took it
Look at me, I'm outta your jurisdiction, now you lookin' stupid
Officer, get off me, sir
Don't make me call L.A., he'll have ya walkin', sir
A couple of months ago, they gave OutKast the key to the city
But I still gotta pay my taxes and they give us no pity
About these youngsters amongst us
You think they respect the law?
They think they monsters, they love us, reality rappin'
And giving the youth the truth from this booth
And when we on stage, we scream
Don't everybody, everybody

Don't everybody like the smell of gasoline?
Well, burn, motherfucker, burn, American dreams
Don't everybody like the taste of apple pie?
We'll snap for your slice of life, I'm tellin' ya why
I hear that mother nature now on birth control
The coldest pimp be looking for somebody to hold
The highway up to Heaven got a crook on the toll
Youth full of fire, ain't got nowhere to go, nowhere to go

Yeah, huh, officer for the most high
You touch me, you touch the apple of this eye
If they kick us out, where will we go?
Not to Africa, 'cause nann one of them acknowledge us as they kinfolk
Still eatin' pork
Abomination, desecration for beating flesh
Penalty for violation is death (death)
Woe, woe, to the man that strive with his maker on judgment day
Hip-hip-hooray
Mystery, Babylon the great
The mother of heartless is falling, prophecy must be fulfilled
The lake of fire is callin'

Don't everybody like the smell of gasoline?
Well, burn, motherfucker, burn, American dreams
Don't everybody like the taste of apple pie?
We'll snap for your slice of life, I'm tellin' ya why
I hear that mother nature now on birth control
The coldest pimp be looking for somebody to hold
The highway up to Heaven got a crook on the toll
Youth full of fire, ain't got nowhere to go, nowhere to go, woo


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  • +2
    Song Meaning

    The song is about coke.

    A lot of coke smells like gasoline because of the impurities left by the extraction process. The dreams refer to the odd dreams addicts get when they are off the drug for a couple of days.

    The chorus refers to the fact that everyone they know likes the "smell of gasoline.", or the smell of coke. The rest of the chorus from the American Dream line to the end refers to the fact that all of the kids are doing coke and it's destroying their lives.

    The first verse, starting with the obvious "All of my heroes did dope", talks about how everyone he looked up to was on blow and he couldn't understand why someone would throw away their lives with the stuff. The ending talks about how he has no time to do coke because "The world is moving fast and I'm losin' my balance///No time to dig, low low///To a place where ain't nowhere to go but up"

    The second verse starts by stating the injustice that his dealer made millions while his cousin went to jail on possession alone (Didn't cook it (manufacture) or weigh it (sell/distribute). The rest of the verse is a statement against the War on Drugs because the problem is too large for law enforcement to do anything about it (it's "out of their jurisdiction"). It boils down to racism and crooked people, and the kids won't follow any laws because of the way they've seen the police ruin the lives of people doing the same thing they're doing (coke).

    The final verse is the demonization of addicts by a supreme being. They put drug use on par with eating pork, which would be ludicrous to condemn someone for an eternity for. The condemnation of eating pork references the Old Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible (Leviticus I believe) where pork is forbidden (See: Kosher). The end of the verse states that if condemnation and death is the penalty for drug use, then they belong with "Mr. Reaper" in the "Liquor Fire."

    When you understand the title, the rest is easy to pick up on.

    Whikadoodlon August 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    def. a take on how america is just filled with pullotion and greed, etc.

    hadiahmedon April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i think this is about how we are not learning from our mistakes because we are "burning" our past and destroying our future. We're only living for the shallow reasons of life...

    thewhitepony33on April 05, 2003   Link
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    i second hadiahmed

    wacko_zaco5on December 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is pretty great. It's complaining about how American Oil Imperialism runs the world. Corrupt religion using people for money and angry youth that have no power to change anything. Also racism, too harsh of penalties for minor drug charges and police corruption.

    Ricky Stratton is a character in the 80's TV show Silver Spoon about a kid who goes to live with his rich father but still has problems.

    I dunno what Outkast's beef with pork or birth control is pork used to be unhealthy because of parasites a long time ago and not using birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy is really really stupid.

    music1994on February 10, 2008   Link
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    For me, this is like an updated "Fight the Power". It's all about how america is stifling the dreams of young black men through racism, drugs, brutality, and the ghetto. How can someone have dreams when all your role models are locked up, strung out, or paying child support? If the "youth full of fire" aren't given the chance to break out of the cycle of violence and poverty, their energies will naturally be used to ignite their own dreams.

    afropathon December 19, 2009   Link
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    Come on now. I always thought this was like their most painfully obvious song. I mean, you don't always hear gas leaks. you damn sure don't see it but when you SMELL gas thats when you panic. because thats a lot of danger. Apple pie makes you makes you think of home. safety. comfort, you know? the similarities between those two lines make you think he's deliberately trying to couple the two. Comfort & safety until you smell the gas. thats when you panic.

    Corruption21on October 01, 2010   Link
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    It's not just about blacks IMO, it's about America (well, the western world) regardless of race and how it is overrun with corruption from the big corporations.

    You got the War on Drugs which makes substances like cocaine and weed more dangerous through lack of regulation and legitimate competition to the black market and of course it doesn't accomplish its hypocritical adjectives (alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical drugs do just as much harm as illicit drugs), it's just a huge business, profited from by the legal drug companies, the prison industry, the cops, the justice system. So people get put in prison for years for mere possession of certain drugs which results in doing irrepairable harm to the person which in turn does harm to society - all profited off from the big corporations

    The institution of marriage has become another big business with the justice system making huge money, mostly from divorce.

    There's also the outright disrespect for the constitution in the US, with the federal government taking most of the powers constitutionally allocated to state governments, hence Big Boi's verse which I think alludes to how federal agents still target medical marijuana users and dispensaries in states where it is legal, such as California.

    On a lighter note I really love the "Don't everybody like the taste of apple pie/smell of gasolene" lines - they can either be interpreted as sarcastic rhetorical questions or defiant statements of outspokenness/alienation

    acphenomon May 04, 2010   Link

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