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blood on the pedals, blood on the grips steel leveled, chest level smear my lips let them slip into a smile because now after awhile it's all we're seen to do. 'cause the business is as business does trash is trash until it's sealed from above and left on to the corner of your mind to disappear. lockdown the remains. machine works best when the machine's not shy, trash is trash but trash from cash must divide. body bent body doubled, dismissed by time a 5 to 9 will serve the 9 to 5. lockdown the remains.

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    General CommentI have a recording of a Fugazi show where, before playing this song, Guy mentions that prison construction is the second largest growth industry in the United States.

    To me this song is about the attitude that the American prison system has. Prisons are used to simply get criminals off the streets, in the way trash is dumped into a landfill, as opposed to rehabilitating the criminals to make them productive members of society.
    HoldFastHope9on January 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI got this album when it was released when I was a rookie bike messenger in Boston. I think it is about being a courier-- "blood on the pedals, blood on the grips", "machine works best when the machine's not shy", as well as descriptions of a rider's bodily position. Also, the references about business, trash and cash; the fact that trash (financial or legal documents) is transformed from some imprimatur "from above", higher ups literally in buildings, or figuratively social/corporate. And the spoken refrain that's not included in the above lyrics, "seal it with a kiss," is a reference to children, particularly little girls, writing S.W.A.K. on the back of letters.
    uberellison September 08, 2012   Link

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