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I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

Look at me, look at me,
Hands in the air like it's good to be

ALIVE

And I'm a famous rapper
Even when the paths are all crookedy
I can show you how to do-si-do
I can show you how to scratch a record
I can take apart the remote control
And I can almost put it back together

I can tie a knot in a cherry stem
I can tell you about Leif Ericson
I know all the words to "De Colores"
And "I'm Proud to be an American"

Me and my friend saw a platypus
Me and my friend made a comic book
And guess how long it took
I can do anything that I want cuz, look:

I can keep rhythm with no metronome
No metronome
No metronome

And I can see your face on the telephone
On the telephone
On the telephone

Look at me
Look at me
Just called to say that it's good to be

Alive

In such a small world
I'm all curled up with a book to read
I can make money open up a thrift store
I can make a living off a magazine
I can design an engine sixty four
Miles to a gallon of gasoline

I can make new antibiotics
I can make computers survive aquatic conditions
I know how to run a business
I can make you wanna buy a product

Movers shakers and producers
Me and my friends understand the future
I see the strings that control the systems
I can do anything with no assistance

Cuz I can lead a nation with a microphone
With a microphone
With a microphone

And I can split the atoms of a molecule
Of a molecule
Of a molecule

Look at me
Look at me
Driving and I won't stop
And it feels so good to be
Alive and on top

My reach is global
My tower secure
My cause is noble
My power is pure

I can hand out a million vaccinations
Or let 'em all die in exasperation
Have 'em all healed of their lacerations
Have 'em all killed by assassination
I can make anybody go to prison
Just because I don't like 'em.
And I can do anything with no permission
I have it all under my command

Because I can guide a missile by satellite
By satellite
By satellite

And I can hit a target through a telescope
Through a telescope
Through a telescope

And I can end the planet in a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars



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    theonlycopyOct 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm
    all of you have good ideas about what this song means and i agree with most. I think its about how you can keep achieving and the sky is the limit. but its also about how you can get too powerful (like the government) and so you need to slow down like the song does in the end
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    horselvr1212Aug 14, 2008 at 5:11 am
    I hate how everyone thinks this song is stupid, petty, meaningless, pointless, silly, dumb, etc. This song has plenty of meaning in it. You just have to look into the lyrics and figure out that the point of the song isn't that he can ride his bike with no hadlebars. This band is trying to make a difference in the world, not tell them that he can ride his bike with no handlebars. I mean I can ride a bike with no handlebars for goodness sakes. Look how the song leads up from riding a bike with no handlebars to ending a planet in a holocost. I really think he should go scremo after end the planet in a holocost. HOLOCOOOST. That would sound really cool.Then the song goes back to he can ride his bike with no handlebars. He's not telling personally what "he" can do but what some people can do. From the innocence of a kid riding a bike with no handle bars to the serious issues of vaccinations, missles and holocosts. So no, this isn't a song of no meaning. You just aren't getting it. Now if you want to listen to Soulja boi tell em. what could be more pointless than a guy talking about dancing all over chicks?
  • AmazinglyToxic
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    AmazinglyToxicAug 3, 2008 at 7:41 pm
    This song is kind of uplifting because he is basically sending the message that he can do anything he wants to if he puts his mind to it, & you can do it too.
  • k
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    ksteiner02Apr 1, 2008 at 3:30 am
    I was listening to KROQ (radio station in LA) and Kevin and Bean (the morning DJs) had listeners call in and give their opinions on what the song meant. One of them called in and I really agreed with what he had to say. He said that the whole song is a metaphor for the war in Iraq and the first person voice in the verse that says "My Power is Pure" is President Bush. The line about taking apart the remote control and almost put it back together is a metaphor Iraq. The remote control is Iraq and president Bush thought he could remove Sadaam (taking apart the remote control) and he almost put it back together (personally I don't think he came anywhere close but I think the song isn't implying that it was almost put back together.
    After that caller had finished what he had to say the DJ's got the person who wrote and performed the song on the phone and asked what he was thinking when he wrote the song. The artist said he didn't want to take away what anyone thought about the song but the overarching theme is that people can affect change on the world in a positive or negative way and that human ingenuity can be used to destroy lives or save them. He also said that he was proud of people who are willing to give their lives for their country but that it's sad because that sort of selfless sacrifice is only directed toward war (rather than peacekeeping or humanitarian efforts).
    With that said I love the song and I think it has some very provocative and powerful messages.
  • Chasing_Colors
    +4
    Chasing_ColorsOct 7, 2008 at 2:16 am
    lol i dont even care what this song means i love it and no one can change that, though many of my friends have tried =P

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