I got kicked off of Noah's Ark
I turn my cheek to unkind remarks
There was two of everything
But one of me
And when the rains came tumbling down
I held my breath and I stood my ground
And I watched that ship go sailing
Out to sea

Take it back
Take it back
Oh no, you can't say that
All of my friends
Are not dead or in jail
Through rock and through stone
The black wind still moans
Sweet revenge
Sweet revenge
Without fail

I caught an aisle seat on a plane
And drove an English teacher half insane
Making up jokes about bicycle spokes
And red balloons
So I called up my local deejay
And he didn't have a lot to say
But the radio
Has learned all of my favorite tunes

Take it back
Take it back
Oh no, you can't say that
All of my friends
Are not dead or in jail
Through rock and through stone
The black wind still moans
Sweet revenge
Sweet revenge
Without fail

The white meat is on the run
And the dark meat is far too done
And the milkman left me a note yesterday (yesterday)
Get out of this town by noon (get out)
You're coming on way too soon (right now)
And besides that
We never liked you any way

Take it back
Take it back
Oh no, you can't say that
All of my friends
Are not dead or in jail
Through rock and through stone
The black wind still moans
Sweet revenge
Sweet revenge
Without fail

Sweet revenge
Sweet revenge
Will prevail
Without fail


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192, edited by sharkycharming

"Sweet Revenge" as written by John Prine

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    Song MeaningOne of the best lines :
    "the radio has learned all of my favorite tunes."
    A beautiful and profound expression of self-involvement.
    I am unclear on the rest of the song.
    sndymornon October 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics have puzzled and delighted me for decades. The singer is an outsider and provocateur who isn't welcome in "decent company," nor would he want to be. Beyond that, I'm not entirely sure!
    sharkycharmingon January 31, 2020   Link

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