"Hell Yes" as written by John Robert King, Michael S. Simpson and Beck David Hansen....
Looking for my place
On assembly lines
Fake prizes
Risin' out of the bomb-holes
Skeleton boys hyped up on purple
Smoke rings blow from across the disco
Bank notes burn like broken equipment
Lookin' for shelter readjust your position
Thought control ghost written confessions
Two dimensions dumb your head down
Duck don't look now company missiles
Power is raunchy rent-a-cops are watching
Makin' their dreams out of paper mache
Cliche wasted hate taste tested

Hell yes I'm movin' this way I'm doin' this thing
(Please enjoy)
Hell yes I'm turnin' it on
I'm workin' my legs hell yes
I'm callin' you out I'm switchin' my plates
(Please enjoy)
Hell yes
I'm cleanin' the floor my beat is correct

Stretched to the limit attention spans
Snap back retract collapse into laugh tracks
Noise response applause and hand claps
Floodgates open to the sound of the rainbow
Breaking points on the verge of pointless
Fools anointed to the followers fanfare
Look for the common not superficial
Code red cola war conformity crisis
Perfunctory idols rewriting their bibles
With magic markers running out of their ink
Lives in white out
Turn the lights out
Fax machine anthems get your damn hands up

Hell yes I'm movin' this way I'm doin' this thing
(Please enjoy)
Hell yes I'm turnin' it on I'm workin' my legs
Hell yes I'm callin' you out I'm switchin' my plates
(Please enjoy)
Hell yes
I'm cleanin' the floor
My beat is correct


Lyrics submitted by bmxdudeinthesky

"Hell Yes" as written by Michael S. Simpson John Robert King

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  • +2
    General CommentI personally love this song, but of course im not the biggest beck fan (as of now, soon to be perhaps?) very catchy tune.
    DuTcHoVeNon March 20, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe great thing about Beck is you can totally interpret it however you want it. The confusing thing about this is, well, we all varied opinions about this.

    Personally, this song makes me think of the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars. (This is a personally opinion, keep in mind.) For example, the whole first stanza has these frequent references to bombing and the like, e.g.:
    z'Fake prizes rising out of the bomb holes."

    I think of the shock-n-awe campaign at the beginning of the Iraq conflict, where we were all like, "FUCK YEAH, MURICA!" and bombing the shit out of Baghdad. It was supposed to get us a prize (YAY we beat Saddam) but as the occupation rolls on, "IT'S A TRAP."

    And to expand on that:

    "Bank notes burn like smoking equipment
    Looking for shelter, readjust your position."

    Towards the beginning of the war, there were more than a few cases of fighter jets/artillery landing strikes uncomfortably close to troops at the very tippy-top of the front lines. So...to me, the "looking for shelter, readjust your position" (and the whole: "Duck don't look now, company missiles" makes me think of the near friendly-fire by artillery and air forces. Like, "oh shit, dude, you're basically shooting US."

    Beck also makes references towards "limited attention spans" and "perfunctory idols rewriting their bibles with magic markers running out of ink." I tend to think that this could reference the fact that after two years of war, the American public kinda got bored and got interested in something else shiny and explosive. Since we weren't feeling the impact of the war first hand (rations, draft, etc), we grew bored of the conflict and got busy bitching about something else. As to the Bibles w/ magic markers (which is awesome, one): as the war in Iraq progressed, people were like, "Why the fuck are we HERE?" to which war hawks had to quickly revamp their "PURPOSES IN IRAQ" strategy and find a reason that would stick with a disatisfied public and confused troop presence on the ground. But as the war dragged on, the magic markers rewriting excuses and bullshit logic were getting fainter and fainter - they were running out.

    Anyway: goddamn, I love this song. This was my interpretation of it. I'd love to hear other opinions.
    LaFlamingoon December 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsome1 comment about this song....i hate it...
    bmxdudeintheskyon February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRobot: "Biatch"
    PersonMan92on March 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjmujkano, what you said would be true if he hadn't released every album he released prior to Sea Change. But he did.

    Anyways, if you haven't listened to Odelay or ignore that Odelay exists, this is a great song. It's very groovy.
    SMUSER17000263on April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti personally love this song. it just shows how 'out there' beck is, and how he doesn't care what anyone thinks of him and just does whatever he wants to. i mean, after the success(and brilliance) of sea change, you'd think that he'd come out with something similar. instead we have guero! i think we should all just join the ride that beck's taking us on.
    jmujkanoon April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm definately feeling this song. Totally not normally my thing, but I guess my taste is evolving. like "skeleton boys hyped up on purple" and "perfunctory idols rewriting their bibles"...it just seems so crazy. Its the perfect song to play in the car on the way to a party or something.

    Also, the lyric goes:
    "code red cola war conformity crisis"
    offbeatnikchickon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"My beat is correct."

    Fuckin A.
    ghotistixon April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dig this because of the funk aspect. The 8-bit variation on the iTunes store is great, and the original is actually funkier.
    funkboyon April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHELL YES!

    my beat is correct ... sounds different in the song... if you know what I mean....

    !
    subterranean_summeron April 14, 2005   Link

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