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Cage The Elephant – Ain't No Rest For The Wicked lyrics

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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    UnregisteredJan 22, 2012 at 6:39 am
    Simply put, the actual meaning of the song is right there in the chorus. Each of us struggles especially in these rough economic times. We come home and we're wiped out only to have to get back up in a couple of hours and do it all over again and there's no way anyone out there is going to do it for us. We as a collective spend much of our time chasing the dollar and each of the situations is something that we can all look at and understand even in caricature.
    The chorus is where it is all at. We've all heard the cliched lines before but for most of us it's not until we were past adolescence and into adulthood that we understood it fully.
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    UnregisteredApr 26, 2012 at 4:50 am
    My meaning definition to ain't no rest for the wicked by cage the elephant is to not express the vileness of the world we live in, but the desperation and need to make end's meet. The young woman who became a prostitute needed to help her mother with making end's meet and was obviously too young to work. The robber was clearly either too incompetent or just completely in need of money that he didn't care if he killed the man. He was so desperate for the money, he was willing to go to jail if he failed. He had clearly run out of options. The priest, who is a figure to people around the world was obviously so desperate for the money, he had to steal it from his own church.
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    UnregisteredApr 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    I think this song means that people sometimes have to do things to help their families no matter the harm it does to oneself. They call themselves wicked because they know what they are doing is wrong and still do it anyway. Also when they say they have bills to pay and mouths to feed it shows that they arent wealthy and can't afford the luxuries of the wealthy, and so they don't rest until their family is good on money, which in most cases is never (close our eyes for good)!
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    UnregisteredMar 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm
    The meaning of this song is clear, he's talking about the human nature of corruption and wrong doing, not necessarily evil. It also shows the motives behind these actions, and how they aren't wholly evil. The crimes and wrong doings are committed to help the "commiter"take care of his/her life problems (but it will really just make them worse) "bills to pay... Mouths to feed", that is the motive for the prostitute and the two robber's actions; self centered survival by "the easy way". "the wicked" is what the first two criminals call themselves (and the third one is thinking it?), so that shows that they understand what they are doing, but choose to do it anyway, and they won't rest until they are dead. The sad truth behind alot of crimes.

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