Realize you're dehumanized
You criticize your existence
It's your demise when no sun arise
When you're paralyzed by your lack of resistance

She know she is
She knows she's going
Down below where the fire's glowing

The tricks she gets them she's not a victim
She makes a list of them and reads them all alone
For money she's walking down on larkin'
In T.I. they're rocking all night long

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    This is such a great song. The chorus is one of my favorites. It's kind of a personal motto for me.

    LadyLibertyon September 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is obviously about a woman of some sort.

    ten·der·loin n.

    1. The tenderest part of a loin of beef, pork, or similar cut of meat.

    She's a piece of meat. More specifically, she's a prostitute.

    Also, the "loins" are one's reproductive organs.

    This song is definitely about a prostitute. But, more specifically, it's about how she knows the scorn she receives for this. She even knows that she's "going down below where the fire's glowing."

    She's not apathetic about it though. "Realise you're dehumanised, You criticise your existence. It´s your demise when no sun arise, When you're paralysed by your lack of resistance." I think it's a sad song. She can't help but do what she does. Not that I find prostitution morally reprehensible, but the fact that she accepts that she is simply a piece of meat and that the only place to go from there is down makes the song depressing with this upbeat sound. Kind of funny.

    Just another instance of amazing lyrics from Rancid.

    nephoson September 28, 2004   Link
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    tenderloin is a ass smellin area in downtown san francisco where all the creeps, skizzers, hoes, crack heads, transients and just plain fucked up people congregate,

    this song could be about a prostitute there

    benhayeson January 03, 2005   Link
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    it's definitely about a prostitute in the Tenderloin district in SF, Larkin is also a street/district (not too sure) near, where all the prostitutes will wait for 'clients'.

    acidmaniacon November 27, 2007   Link
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    larkin st is in the TL and thats where all the hookers and junkies kick it

    bluntpunkon October 06, 2009   Link
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    Hey,ease up a little, guys. I grew up in the TL. I'm not going to say the hookers part is incorrect but, most of them are pretty nice.

    parkersmashon August 10, 2010   Link

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