I will never feel the ribbon break
I will never taste sweet victory
I don't want to leave the rest behind
I don't want inscription on a plaque

Never first or second place
I won't ever run your rat race
I will always be lower than you
I won't be your competition, lowest
Totem pole position is where I'd rather
Stay than be like you

I don't feel the animal instinct
I am not on top of the food chain
The only battle I will fiercely fight
Is one that hibernates inside my head

Be the best, climb the ladder
Do it better, higher, faster
I refuse to participate
If I go up it will be slow I'm bringing
Everyone I know and stopping on the
Sixth of seventh rung

On a pedestal, isn't the veiw great
You better watch your step cause it's
A nasty fall, when no one's there to
Catch you when you call


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    It's a song about pride. About how winning isn't exactly everything. And all the images Fat Mike uses (pedestal, ribbon breaking, etc) all have to do with sport, and being a big shot at that. Fat Mike's saying how he doesn't give a flying fuck about any of that shit, how he doesn't care about who can "do it better, harder, faster."

    Also, he points out that once you're at the top, it's great while you're up there, but the only way to go after that is down, and once you fall, nobody wants anything to do with you, 'cause they're too busy lavishing praise on your successor.

    I particularly like: "The only battle I will fiercely fight Is one that hibernates inside my head" Because it seems to me to be about expanding your mind, rather than your biceps. 'Inside his head' is like his intellect, and how he would rather be a smart fat guy than a jock who can run a mile a minute but can barely read.

    kingoftheworldon July 02, 2004   Link
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    oh of my fav. nofx songs...its the song that describs me best...its like they wrote it about me

    x_LoWeR_xon June 14, 2002   Link
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    yea..this is a great song. Definetly one of my favorites by nofx.

    FlailingEmoGirlon June 19, 2002   Link
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    This song is so good. This song is about not strinving to be the best and end up caught up in a river of competition, this is the best way to go through life, this and lazy are my theme songs, everyone here this song, the bass is great and the singing inbetween the guitar sounds so good.

    ThE GlOWiNg?on July 23, 2002   Link
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    this is one of my favorite nofx songs, it means a lot to me. the basslines are surprisingly good

    punkbassplayer20on September 04, 2002   Link
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    Ya king i think you pretty much got it. Though i dont know if its about pride so much as mindless competition. He says he just wont even participate.

    I really like the line: "if I go up, it will be slow, I'll bring in every one I know stoppin on the 6th or 7th rung "

    He saying that Hes gonna bring his friends along for his ride. He has no desire to out do them. He probably just wants to keep some good company. Keep your friends on the same level and you can always have fun and get along.

    rtpmatton April 16, 2005   Link
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    its definitely one of my favourite nofx songs, and extremely meaningful. a good message that i can relate to. has a great feel and impact like alot of other nofx songs

    nofx_cyanideon July 09, 2005   Link
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    I've always thought this song could be relating to Mike's record label, Fat Wreck Chords. It's not a competitive label, not trying for mainstream acceptance... just trying to get good bands exposure and put out good records. Hence, the bringing along friends - helping out good people and good bands.

    punkpirateon January 18, 2006   Link
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    I can't believe this song doesn't have 100000 posts in it... it's like the greatest message I've heard...

    pretty much everything has been said except this... What I know is this, this song is about how everybody will do anything to get ahead... except for nofx... cause they'll never sell out... or something like that ;)

    well, maybe without the sell out part... but still, this is one of the best songs I've ever heard, and I listen to it at least 400 times a day... it makes me ffeel good about bieng poor, and never having anything nice... but someday I will!

    Thank you NOFX for making me not commit genosuicide!

    pFBon June 02, 2006   Link
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    I can't understand why this song is on 45 or 46? It's awesome! Im not sure what it is but something about the vocal harmonizing in this song is amazing! lyrical content is great too!

    DrQuorgeon December 09, 2012   Link

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