Hey Mr. Chips
How's the wife?
And are the kids still poison?
Do you still eat them?
Been under the gun,
Running the guns
Say how'd this world get so fucking fun
All of a sudden?

Here's a quarter for the phone
Why don't you call someone and find out
How it is we can all belong
To something that no one
Wants any part of
One day you'lll wake up and they'll be
Advertising on police cars
And your death will sell you out
As someone smart,
Somewhat smart

Baby don't get out out of bed,
Just lay back down your pretty head
And they're advertising on police cars

Hey Mr. Chips,
Had me a notion
Like a burning sky dropped to the ocean
A bitter pill, is it better still
To lay undone your guts for show?
To reconstruct some of your bones?
To turn it up?
When it calls to you will you wake up?

They're advertising on police cars
Your death will sell you out as someone smart,
Somewhat smart
Baby don't get out of bed,
Just lay back down your pretty head
They're advertising on police cars

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    This song... Man, this song resolved my eternal dilemma of picking a favorite band when asked. I used to always say I couldn't pick just one favorite, and ended up spurting dozens of names, forgetting half those I meant to mention. I know now, without the trace of a doubt, that Matthew Good really is my one and only favorite artist.

    Adeon September 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    good tune....it`s about what the world is coming too

    flanbo86on July 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The first song I heard from MGB... really fucking good

    JustWanderingon August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I like the piano in this song as well.

    -Wedge-on December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The guy "Mr. Chip" refer from his manifesto "Porno Safari"

    Netman_on February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love the acoustic version from Rooms. I think it's better than the original, because the acoustic fits so well.

    burntfireon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i always hear the part after Mr. Chips "to reconstruct the song of your bones" it makes sense because the song of your bones could mean your "true calling" or what it is in life that's most important...and when you hear it, will you recognize it? will you take action on it? or will you just give up and let this huge thing take over that you're a part of but didn't ever want to be. kinda like huge corporations

    strawberryKAMIKAZEon December 07, 2006   Link
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    Yeah it's definitly "to reconstruct the song of your bones." My guess is that it is a reference to one of Matthew Good's (and mine) favorite novels: Hard-Boiled Wonderland & the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. In it there is a scientist who discovers that all bones emit sounds, and with this discovery is able to turn up and down the volume of all things.

    kittenchowmeinon January 11, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    It's a song to Desmond Tiny from "Cirque Du Freak" ("Do you still eat them?") because Desmond eats children.

    seeingon November 02, 2016   Link

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