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You say I need a job
I've got my own business
You wanna know what I do?
None of your fucking business
But now I'm lying here
And I'm knowing that business
I had a name, now I'm a number

1,2,3, repeater
1,2,3, repeater

Down by law
I've got this nasty habit
When I need something
I just reach out and grab it
Once upon a time, I had a name, I had a way
But to you
I'm nothing but a number

1,2,3, repeater
1,2,3, repeater

You hear something outside?
It sounds like a gun
Stay away from that window, boy
It's not anyone that we know
Only about ourselves and
What we read in the paper
Don't you know ink washes out
Easier than blood?
But we don't have to try it
And we don't have to buy it
So decide, decide, decide, decide

1,2,3, go

Lyrics submitted by PLANES, edited by punkrocklives, BlueDiamondx3

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    General CommentThe lyric "dont you know ink washes out easier than blood" is [for lack of a better word] rad. Fugazi is a great band more people should listen.
    WageWaron May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeh repeater +3 is still the best album even though its over 10 years old
    Lets_kill_musicon July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone word: nice
    halfcrazyon August 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRepeater and 13 Songs are both good all the way through .
    It is about not becoming part of the nameless and faceless society around us.
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbrilliant song, I can always find a mood to listen to it and not want to switch it off.
    underlying truthon June 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe prison system, how we treat repeat offenders..."now im a number"
    "i just reach out and grab it"
    "you saw i need a job"....etc...
    MyIronLung73on October 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentopps typo....saw=say
    MyIronLung73on November 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about the crack war in DC. Repeater is a reference to a gun. Furthermore, "ink washes out easier than blood" is likely a stab at the press' exploitation of the situation.
    hinthinton February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more about gangs and gang violence and people who are in gangs are just statistics to the system. I think the last part is about how the media exploits gang violence for fear mongering purposes(Fox News would probably be the obvious example.)
    Aenema91on September 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe title Repeater is a play on The Beatles' album Revolver. Instead of revolution we have repetition.
    Jack Pineon June 15, 2015   Link

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