Come on underachievers
Come on all you underpass believers
We’ll give you the skill for street livin’
It feels pretty great to just give in, so just give in
Dropouts, repeat offenders
We’ll take the weary, weak, the street bartenders
Show ‘em the best times are on the street
Satisfaction through the thrill of defeat, ain’t it sweet
Once you stop yourself from caring
About owning stuff, that’s when you wanna start sharing
Cuz all the things we want are cheap or free
I define success as not working and I live like a king
We’ve got no competition
We’ve got no accomplished mission
We just wanna live and let others live
Of course we’ll take anything you wanna give, so fucking give
Come on, dance like a retard
Life’s an endless party not a punch card
I don’t understand some people’s drive
Let’s just fuck and drink and be alive, not just survive.

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    General CommentReminds me of the meaning behind freedom like shopping cart.
    nofmxcon May 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWoah.
    Smavieon January 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThere's a side note in the booklet for this songs that reads:
    "Note: This is not a NOFX song. This is a song that we covered from a yet to be released soundtrack album. Stay tuned for more details..."
    ImDeroon April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt also says all songs written by Nofx.
    Punkfather666on May 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Agony of Victory is a book about athletes that excelled in their sports, but there's a catch to success. It's like a drug, when someone is driven to succeed they need more and more. Eventually it gets to the point where it controls you and there is just no way to live up to your own expectations anymore. No matter how much money you make or what awards you receive... it doesn't feel like winning anymore. Notice how the song follows, suits and ladders. I'm guessing this song is about someone that was successful at a young age. They made a lot of cash, won awards, but that isn't what they really wanted. In the end he thinks it cost him the things that would have made him happy. Like a lesser Citizen Kane, he just wants his rosebud back. He resents his money and secretly hopes he loses it all, but can't give it up

    The first several lines are him telling the people that have never been where he has that they are the real lucky ones. They will never know it, but they are the real winners.

    "Satisfaction through the thrill of defeat, aint it sweet?" He wants to lose it all so he doesn't have to worry about responsibility and can be truly free.

    "Once you stop yourself from caring About owning stuff, that's when you wanna start sharing" He quit caring about owning things for the sake of owning them. He'd rather give to people that need it, (i'd assume that wanting money to buy things isn't what he means by sharing, if you need a new liver he'd help if you want a new tv you can go fuck yourself)

    "All the things we want in life are cheap or free" The things he really enjoys are cheap or better yet free. To spend time with genuine friends, a woman that isn't interested in him for his bank account, listening to music... all cheap or free...

    "I define success as not working and I live like a king" He wants to make his money from something he enjoys doing, that way it isn't work anymore it's play. Also he probably doesn't need to work much anymore so long as he is happy with what he already has.

    "We've got no competition We've got no accomplished mission" He doesn't want to put up with petty competition, deadlines, and all the other bullshit that comes with the life he thought he wanted. He wants to get away from people that would tear him down in order to get ahead or to feel better about themselves.

    "Come on, dance like a retard Life's an endless party not a punch card I don't understand some people's drive Let's just fuck and drink and be alive, not just survive." This sums it all up pretty neatly, Quit caring about what people think and just do what you want (no one gets caught). Spend your time worrying about what you enjoy not about your career. Actually live your life by spending it doing what you love, doing anything less is a waste and not worth it.

    Thank you for listening.
    Sakoon November 02, 2010   Link

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