Absolute shibari, cold noodles and hot sake
The mistress bar in Roppongi is the place
For Japanese hardcore, not the kind you’re gonna find at the record store
Not the kind designed for the kind hearted

Do not pass go, do not get bail
Go directly to Osaka Jail
Where you get locked or drunk under the table

For just under 10,000 yen
You can visit hell and come back again
For the process of hurting and healing
Cake and candle wax dessert
It’s not fun ‘til someone gets hurt
Who’s the next to get hung from the ceiling?

So if you want rewards and consequence
They got the cool and unusual punishments
Get on your knees for Japanese instruction
Rope and cigarette burns, forget about any health concerns
This is pure assisted self-destruction

Kanpai and bottoms up, unhelping hands hogtie you up
One bad deed surely deserves another
Bruised from bamboo caning
Coming home try explaining this to your significant other

Good fucking luck…


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    It's refering to this! at about 3:30 they even play this song youtube.com/watch

    CokieTheClown99on January 05, 2012   Link
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    The S&M underground in Japan.

    BrooklynPunkon March 11, 2006   Link
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    whats at the beginning of the song?

    tjwellson April 16, 2006   Link
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    This song reminds me of 13 stitches. I think they are really simular. In the begging and end it's a lady saying she's sorry. I'll get the exact translation soon.

    NeonBlondeon April 27, 2006   Link
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    okay, so yeah it's kind of hard to translate, but she is basically saying various japanese appoloigies.

    kampai is something you say before you drink in japan; like bottoms up. shibari means bondage fetish, sake is rice wine served hot (i speak japanese)

    either this song is about the screwed up police system in japan. (which they can torture you and stuff for small criminal offenses), or about a bad experience in japan that NOFX had. i know they go on tour they a lot.

    NeonBlondeon April 29, 2006   Link
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    okay, so i get it now, they get japanese hookers and get tortured by cops

    NeonBlondeon April 29, 2006   Link
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    Obviously theres a great price to pay for getting with Japanese prostitutes...I do not really understand the end though.

    modern manon May 27, 2006   Link
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    at the end he says that he got brusied from police brutaliaty and when he comes home, hes going to have to explain how he got that to his wife

    NeonBlondeon June 19, 2006   Link
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    This has nothing to do with the police at all. It's all about an s&m club. The bit about Osaka jail is probably a dungeon reference.

    What's not to understand about the ending? Getting spanked by a mistress leaves very telling marks that's hard to explain to a partner, hence one bad deed deserves another (the punishment for unfaithfulness).

    The dialog in the beginning sounds really familiar. I'm sure it's taken from a movie. Ichi the Killer mabye. I think I'll have to go throuhg my film collection to find it now.

    Cosbynauton July 23, 2006   Link
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    Well from the start shibari is the form of tying some one up.

    Roppongi is an area of Tokyo where all the partying happens.

    Osaka is a prefect on mainland Japan. Very large city.

    Kanpai is a phrase used just before drinking.

    The rest of the song is pretty straight forward. Its a song about BDSM.

    brandonron November 23, 2007   Link

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