You say I need a job
I've got my own business
You want to know what i do?
None of your fucking business

But now I'm lying here
Knowing that business had a name
But now I'm a number 1 2 3 repeater, down by law
I've got this nasty habit

When I need something I reach out and grab it Once upon a time I had a name and a way
But to you I'm nothing but a number 1 2 3 repeater
Did you hear something outside?
It sounded like a gun

Stay away from that window
It's not anyone
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

Lyrics submitted by PLANES, edited by punkrocklives, BlueDiamondx3

Repeater Lyrics as written by Lillian Hardin Armstrong

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    yeh repeater +3 is still the best album even though its over 10 years old

    Lets_kill_musicon July 18, 2002   Link
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    one word: nice

    halfcrazyon August 04, 2002   Link
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    Repeater 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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    brilliant 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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    the 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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    opps typo....saw=say

    MyIronLung73on November 04, 2005   Link
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    I 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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    I 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 29, 2010   Link
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    The title Repeater is a play on The Beatles' album Revolver. Instead of revolution we have repetition.

    Jack Pineon June 16, 2015   Link
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    The 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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