Got a racecar grin and a calculation
And every gun for a secret agent
Defunct that timebomb at the space station
Hey, Secret Agent X-9, why don't you drop me a line?
And say, would it cost you your job
To say what was in that gold box?
So why did they give you that job?
And why can they give you that job?
You'd think this guy was on a permanent vacation
But no, he's not, he's a secret agent

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Secret Agent X-9 song meanings
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    General Commentyeah. i was just reading cats cradle and i realized that they got this song from that book. One of the greatest books ever written, read it
    CockaColaon April 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHey just dropping by to clarify things sort of.

    The comic book "Secret Agent X-9" predates the book "Cat's Cradle" by Vonnegut. One of the characters (James Hoenikker) in Cat's Cradle is nicknamed Secret Agent X-9 because, when is school, he was very secretive and was always going somewhere (seemingly like he was always on a "mission"). the lines "So why did they give you that job? And why can they give you that job?" refer to the job James gets because of his connections to the fictional father of the atomic bomb. the line "You'd think this guy was on a permanent vacation" refers to where his new job is located, the fictional tropical island of San Lorenzo. the "timebomb" line and the line "To say what was in that gold box?" refer to the doomsday that he and his siblings share. The song seems to have no connection to Isaac's father, its just a fun little song about a fictional Vonnegut character :)
    morroweon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me want to dance... David sings like mr.Brock.
    WageWaron May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPeople aren't what you think..
    BeatJunkie08on March 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe title of this song is also the title of chapter 10 in kurt vonnegut's book 'cat's cradle'.. this name is given as a joke in reference to a kid who acts all secretive and anti-social and stuff.. the book is about the end of the world because of nukes and stuff.. i still don't understand this song completely, but yeah.. look into that chapter in vonnegut's book and see what you can make of it.. both the song and the book are great!
    reeshteron April 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentuhhh... cool, havn't heard the song... yet
    764-mouseron November 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah the book and song fucking rock, not sure about the meaning though
    jeffmunchowon July 13, 2005   Link
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    General Comment*quote* uhhh... cool, havn't heard the song... yet

    you probably shouldnt post here then

    i truly love this song, now i guess i need to read 'the cat's cradle'
    cheesenuggetton April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUh, Secret Agent X-9 was a British comic strip. Vonnegut probably got the idea from that.
    ModusTheOperandion September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPREJUDICES.
    don't go and think you know everything about everyone. people around you hide a lot of things. and yeah, people arent exactly who you think they are.

    great song. Love you Isaac Brock
    ErikgoinCrazyon October 04, 2006   Link

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