Spunky don't like her uniform
It never fit so good
Going back to the orphanage
And the place where her garage once stood

Well it's a free-for-all
Free-for-all, free-for-all
It's a free-for-all you and me
And if you don't like what they are telling you
You can't teach a blind man to see
Well I can see

Spunky looks good in her bright red wig
Eating chocolate chip mint ice cream
A cat named lola with a violent past
Is balled-up asleep 'cross her knees

And it's a free-for-all
Free-for-all, free-for-all
It's a free-for-all you and me
One day the world will be ready for you
And wonder how they didn't see

Spunky knows she can save the world
In her own little way
Turning in her old uniform
'cause you know it really didn't pay

'cause it's a free-for-all
Free-for-all, free-for-all
It's a free-for-all you and me
I'll walk through the world with your name on my tongue
And your picture etched on my screen


Lyrics submitted by Don Jerone

Spunky Lyrics as written by Mark O. Everett

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    I feel like this song is a beautiful exploration into finding the indepdence in a relationship, romantic or otherwise.

    kaleenaon March 20, 2002   Link
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    I think that this song is about someone searching for their independence and not being happy with their life thus wanting to change it. The person being sung about, has big dreams and wants to pursue them and this is why the singer loves them. hehe, it's a beautiful song xXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXx

    Lorna450on June 06, 2002   Link
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    I thought it was about a little kid called Spunky who was suffering from some sorta mantal disorder, better check that with E though before you quote me.

    SuZaNnEaBeThon September 19, 2004   Link
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    yeah i thought that spunky had some kind of mental hindrance - but she still wants to make something of her life

    my fav lines are the "one day the world will be ready for you and wonder how they didn't see"

    greysuedegloveson January 31, 2005   Link
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    I think this song is about E's sister.

    Deckerson July 19, 2005   Link
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    I don't know much about E's life, but this sounds like it's about pets.

    m_D_ton December 05, 2005   Link
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    Sorry, just adding more:

    Spunky don't like her uniform It never fit so good Goin' back to the orphanage And the place where her garage once stood

    Have you ever tried putting clothing on animals? They don't seem to enjoy it. And maybe he got "Spunky" from some people who had a bunch of puppies/kittens for free in their garage. My mom picked up her last cat at a Garage sale.

    I mean, maybe he just wanted a song about his pets and how much happiness they bring him.

    m_D_ton December 05, 2005   Link
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    i think spunky's a prostitute. seriously. her bright red wig and uniform that doesn't fit so well and didn't really pay just makes me think that.

    or maybe e's at a peep show watching spunky. the part where she or whoever might not like what they're telling her or whoever and how she or whoever can't see them gives me that idea.

    or maybe he's some voyeur watching her on secret video. or maybe a web-cam thing, though this might be too old for that. or maybe just some picture of a hotty he found online. the picture on the screen deal makes me think of those.

    i think these things because the red wig and the mysterious uniform seem like they'd be tacky and skimpy.

    inbetweenmoleculeson March 03, 2006   Link
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    I'm going to incorparate all of your theories into one awesome theory that explains everything:

    Ok. Spunky is a mentally ill patient who might or might not be E's sister. Thanks for her 'handicap' the world doesn't really expect her to be able to do antyhing, she has a lousy job somewhere, for which she had to wear a lousy uniform. However, she changed her home/garage into an orphanage for kitties! She takes care of these kittens, saving them from starvation. She makes a life for herself and is happy and gives up her job, returning the uniform and all. She had bigger dreams than that, though, opening these kitty orphanages around the country! However, people still laugh at her. She doesn't care, she just loves kitties, and thinks it's the way to saving the world!

    Hm, guess I left the part out about her being a prositute... aww, well, whatever.

    Amhilon July 17, 2009   Link

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