"Handshake The Gangster" as written by and Timothy John Baker....
Are you a wolf,
Warm in your pinstripes?
Is your pen a boot knife,
Drawing red and dollar green?
(Two colors for everything)

Look how the teeth gnash
Look how they smile
It's some kind of witchcraft
That keeps us laughing all the time

We did our jobs
So quick and calm
Wasted no love

Have I been drinking? My feet are kicking
Like someone's pushing this institution down my throat
(and I'm going to choke!)
Is this a living, this steady gunning?
It's got a rhythm, sure, a hemiola to my pulse
(A messy rush!)

We did our jobs
So quick and calm
Wasted no blood

Ambition, give me wings
Ambition, break my legs
She swims inside my head
Was planted in my skin
(And I can't forgive!)

Have I been driving? I see the lines bend
But I've not been steering and I keep on veering to the right
(To those blissful lies!)
When did they reach me, while I was sleeping?
When did they rein me? interrogate my better sense
(With their fucking rent!)
And all my teachers, those dusty pilgrims
Those plucky speakers are all just victims of a lie
(That they can't deny!)

We did our jobs
So quick and calm
Wasted our lungs


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"Handshake the Gangster" as written by Timothy John Baker

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    My Interpretation[Are you a wolf, warm in your pinstripes] I think this is a self asked question- the angel on your shoulder is asking you, hey, are you happy? are you warm in your suit, as the stanza goes, is made of selfishness?

    [Look how they smile] is some kind of message towards the general public or media.

    [We did our jobs] I should probably say here that I think this song is centred around a story- a politician, or other high-up person, who realizes they are not where they want to be, they've left behind who they wanted to be and what they wanted to do. this is the alternate voice, saying, we did it, yes we may have been wrong but we got it done.

    [Ambition break my legs] these lines mean that the same thing that gives us our wants, also cripples us. I imagine beginning to want to be great, and then giving up parts of oneself to get there. 'great'.

    [My feet are kicking] this, I think, is about waking up and seeing this.

    [Is this a living] more self questioning. answer- no it's not. they decide, I'm going to change.

    [Have I been driving?] more about questioning. I love this part. it is about coming to terms that you want control over your own life, which someone else had been driving.

    The rest is really much of the same. <3
    Powerful.

    sippola21on December 12, 2011   Link

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