congratulations! now put the knife back in the medicine cabinet.
no contestation. now put the knife back. put the knife back. knife back.
didn't you read the one about the youth who ate the blue-black-lead?
didn't you read the one about the youth who ate the blue-black-lead-blue washington bullet?

if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
years past, stop gap, too little yield.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
years past, stop gap, too little yield.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some.

decline? decline? decline? decline?
make me. make me.

no cognoscenti can stab critique in the back for making me cognizant.
the scissor blades spin another twelve hours, then we're taking your medicine.

if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
years past, stop gap, too little yield.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields.
years past, stop gap, too little yield.
if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some.

you can make believe, enfant terrible.
the secrets out: you wet the bed.
to fertilize your list of names, bouquets, and passing interests.

please. put the knife back in the medicine cabinet.
put the knife back in the medicine cabinet.
put the knife back in the medicine cabinet.
put the knife back in the medicine cabinet.


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    this is the best goddam song on the cd.. unfortunately, i dont have a fucking clue what it means

    saetiaon May 19, 2002   Link
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    bravo to Q and not U. Simply amazing.

    emoJustinon July 30, 2002   Link
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    q and not u are the best fucking band on dischord, behind fugazi of course

    Lets_kill_musicon August 04, 2002   Link
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    It's a great song, but Hooray For Humans is better.

    usernameon August 17, 2002   Link
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    Q and not u are ust an amazing band, this song is i suppose about a fear of medicine, i read that in an interview with the lead singer. Apparently the whole album is phobias or some jazz like that.

    Starscreamon September 01, 2002   Link
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    The lyrics invoke images of the scene in Traffic where the bourgeois children of the D.C. area are all conversating while engrossed in drugs. I think it's somewhat of a social commentary on the decay of popular American culture, and the perpetual downward spiral Western Civilization is experiencing. Or it could be a blanket statement enveloping dilitant, 'aristrocrat', and politician. Dereliction is not confined simply to the impoverished sectors of the American populace, but has always been seen evident in all aspects of society. Even the rich and the noble are susceptible to suicide, immorality, and self-destruction, despite the high pedestal that so defines that particular social bracket. Well, that's my countless countless change, anyway.

    WhiteTideon May 11, 2003   Link
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    I like what you were getting at whitetide with the suicidal tendencies of the rich social pedestal thing. I think thats what (my favorite line) referes to: "If this is the cream of the crop its time to start burning the fields" i think he goes on to view this trend of suicide as a way of suburban kids to get attention and concludes by saying 'please put the nife back in the medicine cabinet' however theres still a lot I dont fallow (like what the 'washington bullet' is) and I wish I new what the 'nine things everybody knows' is maybe someone can enlighten me? cheers

    waitingforthevanon March 13, 2005   Link
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    To me this song sounds like a conversation between two people (when you listen to the music there are two main sort of melodies that alternate with the lyrics along with some lines being screamed and some lines being sung). It seems like one person is trying to convince another not to go on a killing spree.

    The repetition of the line "if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields" makes it sound like the one person is mad at humanity in general, and just wants it to end.

    The more calming lines from the other person make it seem like he's trying to talk the killer out of it "put the knife back."

    Or, maybe it's more metaphorical in that one friend is trying to convince the other not to hate the human race.

    Or, maybe it's none of the things I'm thinking about at all... you never know with this band. :)

    spoonerismon April 06, 2005   Link
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    decline decline make me make me

    redandbluejeanson December 31, 2005   Link
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    "DIAGNOSIS: Antisocial personality disorder SYMPTOMS: Persistent lying, substance abuse, aggressive behavior, superficial charm, sense of extreme entitlement, bed-wetting"

    ^^^ taken from "Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide To Your Favorite Music Scenes" the author referred to Daryl Palumbo's (Glassjaw/Head Automatica) lyrics as an example of APD. this song's lyrics fit the description pretty well, too.

    "if this is the cream of the crop, it's time to start burning some fields." - sense of extreme entitlement. the guy thinks he's the cream of the crop, but he isn't

    "put the knife back in the medicine cabinet." - substance abuse and aggressive behavior. guy is taking drugs, gets a knife. why was the knife in the medicine cabinet in the first place? it's a common reoccurrence.

    "you can make believe, enfant terrible." - persistent lying and antisocial. enfant terrible is a term used for when people's behavior or ideas annoy or shock someone.

    and the oh so obvious: "the secret's out: you wet the bed." bed-wetting.

    the song's about someone with Antisocial Personality Disorder IMO

    katiezon April 04, 2009   Link

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