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    General CommentWow... this song is seemingly simple but there's a lot going on here. The overall value - conservative. Strange...

    THe first verse, as others said, deals with the government. The second verse deals with corporations. Lastly, the third verse deals with religious institutions. The verses are all sung by one speaker, while the "shut the fuck up" portions are a response to the verse's complaints. The idea is that there is someone, probably more liberal, complaining about the a conservative government cutting funding for social programs. Second verse is a complaint about hard laborers working, who get crushed in a squirrel's mouth--the upper management of the corporation who do less work but make the big money. The last is a complaint about religious institutions who portray themselves as simple but are--to the complainant signing-- really conniving and cunning. They turn "joy to sadness" rather than actually help for the verse singer.

    The response yelling "shut the fuck up" is telling the verse speaker to stop whining. The defense of this conservative slant about this song has to do with the double meaning of "buck." Learn to buck up... interesting...

    It took me awhile to figure out that its a complainer and a response--that is two different voices--because the song in its entirety is sung by one individual.

    Now that I've figured it out, I have to say I don't really like this songs message. But damn, it's well written.
    MintyDintyon June 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought the chorus was mocking what governmental types say to the people who are kept down because really it's not a matter of them needing to buck up, it's more that the gov't is screwing them over.
    Relinquo1on February 15, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"clever feet" means sneaking around. government does shit behind our backs and then in the mean time tells us we dont have a right to complain "shut the fuck up right now, learn to buck up".
    spacepirateon August 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the speakers dislike of bureaucrats: "heads of state," and thier practices: "cut you from thier bloated budgets." The chorus seems to be a back-and-forth dialouge between he and a "head." The last two stanzas seem to be about how thier practices affect.
    MorningStaron March 27, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Heads of State" most likely refers to Governors or Presidents, whose governments can slice up budgets and harm individuals through lack of funding.

    Verse two refers to, as MorningStar said, bureaucrats whose "nimble fingers" can cause further damage to people's lives, through their unfair rules and regulations.

    Verse three, to me at least, seems to refer to how people in today's society are more emotionally involved with trivial things (clever feet = dancing?) than with serious issues, such as "burning planets" (the environment, global warming...)
    J.J.on June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great aggression song.
    At any rate JJ, I'm not quite sure if clever feet actually referring to dancing, though I can see why you would think that, but that just doesn't quite work for me. Hmm...interesting food for thought...
    lindyswingsteron June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNobody in here business people? Can you walk the walk, or dance the dance? ;D

    Simple and Clever feet may refer to that.
    empire of dirton June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsure, there's the whole 'anti-beurocracy' angle, but really, i have a feeling it's just a bunch of nonsesne that john threw together that kind of fit a scheme. doesn't change the fact that i fucking love this song.

    i mean, how can you not? he rhymed 'bloated budgets' with 'chicken mcnuggets'. pure genius. muah.
    evinon June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhatever the meaning...it's catchier than a flyball that falls into an outfielder's glove
    OpinionHeadon September 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a great song

    man i love cake

    i agree with what morning star said on this one
    FortySix AND 2on December 22, 2004   Link

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