"Dirt Bike" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
Here comes the dirt bike
Beware of the dirt bike
Because I hear they're coming to our town
They've got plans for everyone
And now I hear they're over their sophomore jinx, so you had better check it out

All hail the dirt bike
Philosopher dirt bike
Silence as we gathered round
We saw the word and were on our way
Now it's

Brain washing dirt bike
Ground shaking dirt bike
Mind bending dirt bike
In control

Soul crushing dirt bike
Self propelled dirt bike
You see I never thought I'd understand
'Til that bike took me by the hand
Now I ride

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"Dirt Bike" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General CommentTo me, it seems like a reference to trends, fads, and the cult-like following that some music acts (including TMBG) sometimes generate.

    The dirt bike is clearly a band, but one that people almost worship. This was probably my favorite song of the John Henry album. The guitar solo alone makes it worth listening to, and the horn parts are awesome.

    By the way the "sophmore jinx" is an old rule of thumb in the record industry that most bands' second major-label release tends to suck and/or sell poorly. (This is usually because debts piled up from producing and promoting a band's break-out album often leads to being pressured into rushing a second album out to the stores, and quality suffers for it.) Most rock bands need to have a successful third album (get over their "sophomore jinx") to be considered a long-term success.
    DavidGrimmeron July 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think most songs have two meanings, a normal, easy to find one and an odd one that you have to think to see. The music fad would be the easy one, and the Third Reich is the difficult.
    great geo234on June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is yet another WWII song. The "dirt bike" is the Third Reich, and they've got plans for everyone. "Now I ride..." refers either to the ordinary people getting caught up in the mania of nazism, or to people being deported on trains (trains feature prominently as symbols of inescapable evil in TMBG songs).
    Tuckeron November 19, 2004   Link

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