i cut my nails to the quick but still i was caught with my hand in the till red-handed. give me something, give me anything the threat of everything is when it becomes nothing at all fingers reaching, trophy swelling that's when desire trips me up... got a new technique money let's the pieces fit where they fall. privilege - it sanctions everything. security - a net under it all. my fingers reaching, the trophy swelling that's when desire trips me up. i cut my nails to the quick but still i was caught with my hand in the till. red-handed

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    General CommentMy favorite fugazi song - that guitar just rocks!
    bastadonon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin keeping with the theme of the "repeater" album, this song's main themes are materialism and greed. to me, this song is about lusting after something you can't have.
    marginxxwalkeron February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought of it being about the temptation to dip into crime, even petty stuff, to survive and to give a better life for your family. In the end though, there's sadly no mercy when you're caught
    Omnicideon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone high up in a company or a charity who gets caught embezzling funds. Thus the lines about getting caught red-handed at the till. Since 23 Beats Off was about Magic Johnson, this one might be about someone specific too, but I don't know my early-90s financial history too well, so I don't know who it could be.
    1017998808on February 13, 2009   Link

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