We're goin' down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes
Gonna hit you on the face gonna punch you in your
Glasses, oh no!

I just got a message that said "Yeah hell is freezin' over"
I Got a phone call from the Lord sayin' "Hey boy get a
Sweater. Right now"

So we're drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' coca-coca-cola
I can feel it rollin' right on down
Oh right on down my throat
And as we're headed down the road towards tiny cities
Made of ashes

I'm gonna get dressed up in plastic gonna shake hands
With the masses, oh no!
Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Does anybody know a way

Were goin' down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes
I'm goin' to hit you on the face I'm goin' to punch you in your
Glasses, oh no!

I'm wearin' myself a t-shirt that says "The world is my ashtray"
Our hearts pump dust and our hairs all gray
And I just got a message sayin' that hell has frozen over
Got a phone call from the Lord sayin' "Hey boy get a
Sweater. Right now!"

Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Does anybody know a way

Were drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' drinkin' coca-coca-cola
I can feel it rollin' right on down oh right on down my throat
And as we're headed down the road towards tiny cities
Made of ashes

I'm gonna lay down in the spa where they coat you
In molasses, oh no!

Does anybody know a way that a body could get away
Does anybody know a way


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  • +2
    General Comment

    I had the same thought pointed out by TheSidewalk in comparing this song to the Valley of Ashes in The Great Gatsby. To add, the Valley was overlooked by a billboard for an optometrist that was just a huge sign of eyes wearing glasses (very significant in the book). So, "I'm goin' to punch you in your glasses." fits conveniently.

    Cowabunga!on June 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song has an incredibly addicting bass line.

    fotoon May 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    yeah the bass is rad. this is defiantely one of those cruising-down-the-freeway-on-a-saturday-night songs

    flynnordieon July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    ok i just wanna start out by saying i didnt bother to read every single comment so i might just be repeating someone... if so sorry. anyways i agree this is a creepy song. it is pretty clearly about nuclear war although its open to interpretation... "moving down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes" refers to moving towards nuclear destruction. the coca cola and spa parts suggest to me that we are distracted by commercial luxuries so we ignore this.. also i noticed that issac chose to say "a body" instead of "somebody" which is srta creepy to me... but hey thats just me... i never thought about the glasses thing that way tho, i like that interpretation.

    wreckedonyou32on November 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I love the random change in instruments at the end of this song. It's so different from the rest of it.

    WorshipAandCon July 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Awesome bass. The Moon and Antarctica carries a very strong theme about trying to get away from messes in life and the world in general.

    peaceasyon July 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    I think the song is commenting on how futile it is to be so obsessed with commercial culture. He brings up Coca-Cola, T-Shirts with ironic slogans, Spas and Spray Tans, and plastic clothing. We are surrounded with the knowledge of our inevitable decay (tiny cities made of ashes), yet we still can't let go of these objects that we care for. That is what the chorus means when it says "Does anybody know a way a body could get away?" Is there away for my body to get away from death/decay, so that I can keep consuming these unimportant things? Brock's answer would obviously be a no. Although he is known for his disbelief in a god, this song seems to share some ideology with one.

    FrazTHeon April 03, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Every time I hear this song I think of Dick Cheney. The album was released too early in the Bush Administration for it to be written about the former Vice President, but there are some strong parallels to the Dark Lord. It's so prescient that it's creepy.

    First, there's the reference to a psychopath, charming politician: "gonna get dressed up in plastic / gonna shake hands with the masses." And then the line, "our hearts pump dust and our hair's all gray" fits perfectly with Dick Cheney's old rich white guy appearance and well known heart problems. "I'm gonna hit you on the face / I'm gonna punch you in the glasses" is a lot like shooting someone in the face.

    The song even contextualizes itself in consumerist America, complete with product placement: "...drinkin' Coca-Cola." What could be more American than Coke?

    "The world is my ashtray" is a good way to paraphrase the Neoconservative foreign policy philosophy that Dick Cheney promulgated.

    "Were goin' down the road towards tiny cities made of ashes:" The invasion of Iraq, shock and awe, and its destructive aftermath.

    The song was written well before the Iraq invasion and the accidental face-shooting incident, but it's disturbing how well the song alludes to Dick Cheney's time in office. And the bassline fits my memory of that part of American history pretty well, too.

    badgerbonegonepersuaderon April 09, 2015   Link
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    General Comment

    Tiny cities full of asses. Easiest way to summarize, get lost in the plastic of life and the selective hearing of life while the world blatantly implodes in front of you

    TomThumb681on May 19, 2018   Link
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    Great song even though i dont know wht it means

    dankeron July 09, 2002   Link

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