Yeah, yes, yes
Have I told ya
You could really get it on?
I was at an all night diner
The sign said, "Triple X"
But they were talking about root beer
I'm just sitting down
Thinking about nothing
Looking at the thin air
Breathing up the oxygen
Have I told ya
You could really get it on?
A guy comes up, looking pretty 8-ball
Snaggletooth smile, sits down at my table
Puts his arm around me, starts to share his information
He said, he said, he said [x4] this is what he said
"I have sex, I'm always thinking about the pavement
So I can avoid premature ejaculation"
I got up, remembering to thank him
Better things to do so I'll start drinking

I'm in Tahoka, now I'm gonna hook up
With the parties, unfortunately
No one has any ideas, damn
Have I told ya
You could really get it on?

Lyrics submitted by numb, edited by Bar0nv0nbullsh1t

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  • +9
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    Thank you Isaac. I think about the pavement-and the ladies have never been happier.

    Entropy21on June 23, 2007   Link
  • +4
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    This song actually mentions a landmark from their hometown (and my hometown) of Issaquah WA. The Triple X place he talks about is the triple x root beer place in downtown issaquah, and hes right, its just root beer... no porn or sex of any sort, just a bunch of classic car stuff

    MrBigThoughton March 06, 2003   Link
  • +3
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    wow. I remember that this was literally the first modest mouse song that I ever heard. It was the first track on a mm comp that one of my closest friends made for me. It has extra meaning now that we have been romantically involved. It was the beginning of both my love affair for modest mouse and him. Crazy.

    Dance Hallon May 11, 2004   Link
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    he says "like always" after unfortunately in the line: I'm in Tahoka, now I'm gonna hook up With the parties, unfortunately (like always)

    it may be just me i dont know..

    auto_suggestionon September 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "I have sex, I'm always thinking about the pavement So I can avoid premature ejaculation"

    thats so great..haha.

    AndForgetMeNotson April 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I can assure you, it is pavement.

    ThisKidLovesLifeon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    magnolia fan sucks. I doubt isaac uses slang terms from the 1940s. a guy comes up, looking pretty 8-balled. I think that makes tons of sense. a guy comes up looking pretty methed/coked out.

    mcscumbagon February 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    When I was younger me and my family were driving at night on this long car trip, and we stopped at this small town restaurant that was still open at like 10. This guy basically invited himself to sit with us because he was all alone. He rambled on and on about his fledgling meat business, but no one had the heart to shut him up. So I think this song is a narrative on a real situation Isaac encountered, and the line "I got up, remembering to thank him" describes a situation we've all been in, trying to get out of a conversation in the most painless way possible. And "Have I told ya" may have been something this coke/meth head 8-ball guy kept saying while he was tweaking. Just some thoughts.

    Fucking great song.

    goinunionon July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i agree this song is great modest mouse has the best lyrics!

    XvacantskiesXon July 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    omg this is the greatest song ever.

    teKion September 01, 2002   Link

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