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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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    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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    KantosHeroApr 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm
    This song is about saying everybody is wicked. In the right situation, we all could be any of the characters in the story. If a college girl needs money and can't get a "real" job, stripping and pornos are an easy source of income for most females regardless of their looks, and that ignores prostitution as an option all together. If a guy needs money, he can find weak "prey" and just take money from them by force if all else fails to work or he can just swipe bills from his workplace. We put this emphasis on morality, but really, morality is an altruistic concept based around opinion of the perfect world. In this world, you can only count on yourself, and, sometimes, not even that.

    When it comes down to it, we can all be pushed to commit any crime or action. All it takes is the right trigger. Don't play the "righteous" card saying you would never do this... because if you were offered these as alternatives to dying painfully and alone, you would.

    As far as the communism vs capitalism argument... Both systems are failed systems.
    Capitalism creates a divide in power based on money. Capitalism creates a divide in power based on the control of resources: government has the resources and the people don't. If you made everybody in a capitalist country have the same amount of money and resources, within a year, that country would be back to how it was. It's not about all people need equal opportunity... it's about all people needing equal drive and ambition which can never occur. Lazy people will always be lazy. Maybe some former poor would become rich if you did that and some former rich may become poor, but you'd still have a divide that would be constantly increasing.
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    UnregisteredAug 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm
    We all have basic urges to do naughty things, and sometimes do them out of necessity. Once you get started doing "wicked" things it can sometimes be hard to stop and you become dependent on those things as a means of income for you and even your family, despite not being an inherently bad person yourself.
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    UnregisteredAug 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm
    The real meaning of the song is in the ending.

    Even still i can't say much
    Because i know we're all the same

    We like to look down on those around us prostitues, thieves and muggers included. We like to think that they are bad people, and that locking them away will fix our problems. But the truth is that often they are good people trying to get through tough times. We are still animals, and if you corner anyone they will do whatever is neccessary to survive.

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