On the outside underneath the wall
All the money couldn't buy
You're mistaken no one's standing there
For the record no one tried

Oh I try to
What if we give it away?

Overlooking with a hollow eye
What's pretending is it right
Eye for order a hand for what's in line
Couldn't follow couldn't write

And our life is fine here
Stitch it on your tie here

There's the trailer Tom
A year has come and gone
Were not moving was it right

Take the order sew it on your tie

We couldn't follow couldn't try

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What If We Give It Away? Lyrics as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General CommentThe line sounds like 'What if we give it all away'. I think the song is about moving on in life,leaving the worries and/or worldly pleasures behind.
    local_151_fellaon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think local 151 may be right, especially considering the original line was "Why don't they get on their way?" You can hear this version on the bootleg Live at Tyrones from 1981.
    bugoffon November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about a rural family resisting being evicted from their home to make way for development --- "Take the order, sew it on your tie" expressing contempt for the suited city slicker who is trying to remove them. "All the money couldn\'t buy" --- their home is worth more than any money anyone could offer them to move.
    patricknblon January 24, 2022   Link

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