Rolling down the hill, snowballing getting bigger
Explosion in the chamber, the hammer from the trigger
I seen him get stabbed, I watched the blood spill out
He had more cuts than my man Chuck Chillout
Twenty four is my age and twenty two is my gauge
I'm writing rhymes on a page, and going up in a rage
'Cause I'm out on a mission, a stolen car mission
Had a small problem with the transmission
Three on the tree in the middle of the night
I have this steak on my head 'cause I got into a fist fight
Life comes in phases take the good with the bad
You bought the coins on the street and you know you got had
Because it's all high spirit, you know you got to hear it
Don't touch the mic baby don't come near it
It's gonna getcha, it's gonna getcha
It's gonna getcha girl, it's gonna getcha

Looking down the barrel of a gun, son of a gun
Son of a bitch getting paid getting rich
Ultra violence be running through my head
Cold medina y'all, making me see red
Rapid fire Louie like Rambo got bullets
I'm a die harder like my kid Bruce Willis
I love girlies, waxing and milking
Coordinating shit is my man Dave Scilken
Predetermined destiny is who I am
You got your finger on the trigger like the Son of Sam
I am like Clockwork Orange, going off on the town
I've got homeboys bonanza to beat your ass down
Well I'm mad at my desk and I'll be writing all curse words
Expressing my aggressions through my schizophrenic verse words
You're a headless chicken chasin', a sucker free basin
Been lookin' for a fist to put your face in
Well get hip get hip, don't slip ya knuckle heads
Racism is schism on the serious tip

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    I really believe this song is a message the Beastie Boys have given to old rap group 3rd Bass. At the time of this release, 3rd Bass, another white rap group, had replaced the Beastie Boys in Def Jam Records. The Beasties are angry about this and how 3rd Bass believed they would be better than them, etc. The whole thing about 'Looking down the barrel of a gun' is the decision of 3rd Bass to sign with Def Jam...because it may come back and shoot them in the face...which is what happened in 1993, when the group disbanded, and the Beastie Boys got the last word in the rivarly.

    tyrowjameson September 15, 2005   Link
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    Black Dahlia, in case you're somehow still thinking of this 5 years later, it seems like at the "fuzzy navel" part that Mike D is saying "cold medina making me see red." Cold Medina is a coctail that, in the song Funky Cold Medina by Young MC, acts as a love potion of sorts. Flavor Flav also referenced it in the Public Enemy song "Cold Lampin' With Flavor."

    Scream1008on August 08, 2009   Link
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    such a good song.

    maggotbrainon June 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    This song has the most awesome breakdown ever recorded:

    Looking down the barrel of a gun Son of a gun son of a bitch Getting paid getting rich (split second of silence and then cue in drumroll and micro-guitar stab from "Mississippi Queen")

    Incidentally, does anyone know what the other 2/3 of the Beastie Boys says for this line?:

    Fuzzy navel y'all making me see red

    It seems like each member says something different before "making me see red."

    Black Dahliaon November 03, 2004   Link
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    The song "Funky Cold Medina" was actually performed by Tone Loc, my bad.

    Scream1008on August 08, 2009   Link
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    the bell hit during the verses makes it for me...it's as heavy as the chunky guitar.

    Chinupon December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    hell yeah, that break is fantastic Black Dahlia!

    Amazing how just one second of the track can be so distinctive, if you here that one second you know what song it is right off.

    tomautoon December 18, 2005   Link
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    It truly is a kick ass song.

    A_Raging_Bullon May 31, 2009   Link
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    Simply to encourage SongMeanings.net (as a a singular entity inhabited by many who appreciate the correct posting of song lyrics) to maintain its integrity, I feel compelled to point out a minor albeit obvious mistake: The 8th line is not "Had a little problem with the transmission." but rather "Had a small problem with the transmission."

    A_Raging_Bullon June 18, 2009   Link
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    One more thing...the song was released as a single in the same year of Paul's Boutique, although about 4 months earlier. People would have had more of an idea as to what they were talking about back then, as it was a pretty popular song :-)

    Scream1008on August 08, 2009   Link

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