Oh classic gentlemen
Say your prayers
To the wind, of prostitution
To your faces, and Rex complexes
Riddle my breast
Full of the oppressed puss

Oh gentlemen, with your fish
The you surround, all around
And you man, will always point
Your fishes, at me

But I will always exist
Because I always exist
Damn good too

The rat race begins
The fat face stings
I hold the fresh pink baby
With a smile
I slice off those rosy cheeks
Because I feel so thirsty

And Oedipus Rex complexes
...riddle my closed bloated breast

Lyrics submitted by Cam-win

The Three Shadows, Pt. 2 song meanings
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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song! It's so lovely and gloomy and symbolic. Does the pink baby flesh refer to the baby Jesus? Or just mankind in general? Someone give me some food for thought!
    mbdingoson October 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can't escape the thought of this having a religious undertone either. The "fish" may also refer to Jesus, and the gentlemen pointing their fishes fits my image of religious figureheads who waive their rod of morale.

    With this in mind, I see the song as displaying some anthropocentric qualities: the faces of God/Jesus/religion in general is everchanging with time ("the rat race begins") whereas man is constant (the "I will always exist" part)

    However, I'd like to see some thoughts on how this relates to the other parts of the The Three Shadows-piece?
    erjegon February 22, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationMy boyfriend and I were trying to figure this out for the longest time. His theory is that this is an anti-capitalist protest song. 'Fish' is sometimes a term for a follower or subordinate as in a 'school of fish,' in which fish mindlessly follow each other. The fish being pointed at the narrator basically equates to 'pointing the blame' at socialism when it's truly the capitalist's fault. The 'I will always exist' line means that the political ideation of socialism will still be an underlying belief amongst the oppressed, despite 'The Man' trying to push it down. The 'wind of prostitution' refers to the stock markets, which are often compared to the 'world's oldest profession, AKA, it'll always exist. The 'classic gentlemen are being told to pray for their stability. The oppressed pus is all the poor/disadvantaged people, which, as is stated, riddle the narrator's breast, ie. put a burden on him/he feels sorry for them. And 'to your faces, and Rex complexes' is a polite way of calling someone quite an impolite name. Basically, it's a pro-socialism, anti-capitalist song, in his interpretation.
    the3shadowspt2on April 01, 2016   Link

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