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I was walking down the street
When out the corner of my eye,
I saw a pretty little thing approaching me.
She said I never seen a man,
Who looks so all alone,
Oh, could you use a little company?
If you could pay the right price,
Your evening will be nice
,
And you can go and send me on my way,
I said you're such a sweet young thing,
Oh why you do this to yourself.
She looked at me and this is what she said.

Oh, there ain't no rest for the wicked,
Money don't grow on trees,
I got bills to pay,
I got mouths to feed
,
There ain't nothing in this world for free.
Oh no I can't slow down,
I can't hold back
Though you know, I wish, I could
,
Oh no there ain't no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good.

Not even 15 minutes later,
I'm still walkin' down the street
When I saw the shadow of a man creep out of sight,
And then he swept up from behind,
He put a gun up to my head,
He made it clear he wasn't looking for a fight,
He said give me all you've got,
I want your money not your life,
If you try to make a move I won't think twice
,
I told him you can have my cash,
But first you know I've got to ask,
What made you want to live this kind of life?

He said there ain't no rest for the wicked,
Money don't grow on trees,
I got bills to pay
I got mouths to feed
There ain't nothing in this world for free.
Oh no I can't slow down,
I can't hold back
Though you know I wish I could
Oh no there ain't no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good.

Well now a couple hours passed,
And I was sitting in my house,
The day was winding down and coming to an end,
And so I turn to the TV,
And flipped it over to the news,
And what I saw I almost couldn't comprehend,
I saw a preacher man in cuffs
He'd taken money from the church,
He'd stuffed his bank account with righteous dollar bills
But even still I can't say much
Because I know we're all the same,
Oh yes we all seek out to satisfy those thrills.

You know there ain't no rest for the wicked,
Money don't grow on trees,
We got bills to pay
We got mouths to feed
There ain't nothing in this world for free.
Oh no we can't slow down,
We can't hold back
Though you know we wish we could.
Oh no there ain't no rest for the wicked,
Until we close our eyes for good.



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    Dooder1234Oct 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    The people in this song were children once... They had a choice. It outlines how our society revolves around material flow... The people in this song have stamped themselves as 'wicked'. When you think about it though, none of these people dreamed about being crooks. In a society that revolves around money, and where avarice and greed are prevailent almost everywhere, desparation can even turn the righteous to thievery and hustling. Something tells me that Anonymous69 has never had to spend a year living on the streets. You do not have to be 'wicked' to be driven to commit wicked acts. Humans are the most adaptive of all creatures in the animal kingdom. This song simply outlines that our own society has necessitated this type of adaptation, because we live in a world where the rich and powerful are pushing more and more to poverty and destitution. I know that might sound a little communist, but so be it. Capitalism is evil, get over it.
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    pirateNov 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    shit happens, life dosn't go how we plan it, its all about how far your willing to go and what your willing to do to servive and to provide for your family and yourself.
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    asherdelampyrJul 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    From the band's website "That song is about realizing that everyone's got a back-story and that essentially we're all the same, he says. It doesn't matter if you're a priest, a coke dealer, or a prostitute; we all struggle with the same things, so how can we sit in judgment of others when each of us has something in our closet that we'd never tell anyone."
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    krazycait3895Nov 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    This song (which talks about his life experiances, btw) speaks about how everyone has their demons and their flaws. We're basically all the same, we all have our flaws and we do whatever we can to make things easier.
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    bluejake73Jan 24, 2010 at 8:08 pm
    Even in communism there can be no true equality. The fact that there are humans in the equation ensurres that. The struggle to succeed , is the very thing that makes us human. We who choose to adapt and survive. Or those to choose to stay and die.

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