It isn't for the money, no it isn't for the fun
It's a plan, a scam, a diagram
It's for the benefit of everyone
You gotta have a little respect
Subterranean ideals
Traditional neglect
Reflect on how you think it would make you feel

The cause
We're just doing it for the cause
No it isn't for the fortune, it isn't for the fame

It's a scheme, dream, a baterine
We want everyone to think the same
Because you know what you feel is right
And you feel what you can't ignore
And you try so hard to point the blame
Ashamed - what do we do this for?

The cause
We're just doing it for the cause
The cause
We're just doing it for the cause
The cause
We're just doing it for the cause
The cause
We're just doing it for the cause


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    General Comment

    dis song is so rad wonder why nobody posted on it...newayz...punk in drublic..best nofx album ever

    tsunamibomb420on September 21, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    no way i do not agry with that nofx does not have something called a best album on each album has its good and less good songs but punk in drublic is a good album yeah :)

    johnverheulon October 26, 2004   Link
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    General Comment

    PID is a good album, but not as good as war on errorism or s&m airlines.

    But this song is amazingly radical

    Logan55on February 20, 2005   Link
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    yeah totally rad no ones posted on this for a year but anyway punk in drublic obviously rules! this song is radical too like dudes cme on. im bored! nice to know but yeah like awesome blahdey blah! jelly beans rule

    beyondimaginationon March 06, 2006   Link
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    yeah totally rad no ones posted on this for a year but anyway punk in drublic obviously rules! this song is radical too like dudes cme on. im bored! nice to know but yeah like awesome blahdey blah! jelly beans rule

    beyondimaginationon March 06, 2006   Link
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    I hope I'm the only person ever to hear this song and think it's a tribute to The Cos. Yeah, Bill Cosby and, yeah, I must be a fucking retard.

    swollen uvulaon March 18, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning

    In my opinion this song is a mockery of such bands like U2, who are always talking about cure this save that, but in actuality they are swimming in dough.

    It's definitely a funny song I especially like this:

    "It's a plan, a scam, a diagram"

    it's like wtf, was fat mike looking for a word that rhymes with scam, so he chose the first one that popped in his head, or is this whole song just a big joke

    mykisltuon October 10, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    Open your eyes, don't trust the incline.

    ZeroXFallenon March 16, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction

    Isn't for the money No it isn't for the fun It's a plan, a scam, a diagram It's for the benefit of everyone You gotta have a little respect Subterranean ideals Traditional neglect Reflect on how it would make you feel

    The cause - we're just doing it for the cause

    No it isn't for the fortune, It isn't for the fame It's a scheme, a dream, a barterine We want everyone to think the same Because you know what you know is right And you feel what you can't ignore And you try so hard to point the blame A shame - what are we doing it for?

    The cause - we're just doing it for the cause The cause - we're just doing it for the cause

    Open your eyes don't trust these lies

    What are we doing it for?

    The cause - we're just doing it for the cause The cause - we're just doing it for the cause

    xingalloveron June 07, 2011   Link
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    What is a barterine? I think it's a scheme, a dream, a BARTERING. (like a trade or negotiation).

    I could be wrong, but "barterine" is not even a word. At least not an english word.

    mr13lckyon November 05, 2011   Link

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Well, in my opinion this song is about being a young & maybe a little naive &/or introverted girl and finding yourself loving a man who is at first very charming, carefree & outgoing, and seems at first to be without limits, as in "There was a time you opened up every doorway you didn't mind if everything wasn't your way" then that man starts to gradually become more introverted & shows their more possessive/obsessive side to you as the relationship progresses, even while they keep up the appearance of being carefree & outgoing to everyone else, "Don't pull away that goes against what you told me I look in your eyes I realize what you've sold me is love in a vacuum" so you confront them about the way they're acting and of course they deny it, "I think you've changed but you insist that that's not true" quite possibly they are an addict of some sort, my guess would be cocaine, &/or showing very obsessive behavior towards you (early on in the video for this song we see the man hanging a picture up, it is a very large portrait of Aimee & it is prominently displayed in his/their apartment for the duration of the song), thus their "love in a vacuum", "You look so strange, so distant that you're hardly you Now I can see how you have been acting different You say it's me but I know that it isn't it's love in a vacuum" but still you are in love with them and don't want to leave them and you know that they are truly in love with you and they don't want you to leave them either, maybe they are convinced you can save them from themself, maybe they are so broken that the possibility of an overdose &/or suicide attempt is very real and you want to get through to them that their behavior not only dangerous but it is also just pissing you off and if they don't wise up they run the risk of loosing you, as in the lines "You will be lonely if you leave me alone", so you want to save them but can't get through to them due to the addiction &/or emotional problems they have, "Love in a vacuum and that's not enough love in a vacuum You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way You will be lonely if you leave me alone You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way it's just not enough" you want them to understand that the love they are giving you is not enough when it is filtered through the vacuum of their drug addiction &/or emotional impairment, "You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way it's just not enough and just wait you will be lonely Love in a vacuum Love in a vacuum and that's not enough Love in a vacuum". 'Love In A Vacuum' for me is a hauntingly truthful acute argument on the loneliness of obsession and almost inevitable loss of love that follows people who are broken in some way or another; the obsessives, the coke heads, the drunks, addicts or the just-plain-old emotionally broken; a razor sharp, lyrically driven, deceptively poppy, yet ultimately-depressing-in-the-best-way song. Quintessential Aimee Mann.