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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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    AliehalAug 5, 2008 at 3:35 am
    I agree with white raven. I think he is saying how to one person like a child such an innocent behavior can be so meaningful and exciting while there is so much of a greater power and how something so big to one person is so small int he grand scheme of things. Like someone can end the world in a holocaust of destroy a human race. While to one person making a comic book may be the pinacle of their life!
    I have another theory too about it being a political revolt against George Bush mocking his power and his stupidity! But I belive the first idea is the most credible.
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    prettyxentrailsMay 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm
    I don't think it's supposed to have a specific meaning. I'm going to go off the song and the video for a moment.
    It just shows two people- who start off innocent. Then they're faced with a choice- one chooses the road of peace, the other power. All the things the first man sees while walking are innocent things. Dancing. Music. Chalk drawings. Children playing.
    However the other man sees s*, advertisements, fast cars, etc. He becomes corrupt, and climbs the business ladder until he eventually becomes a president and/or other type of leader. The other man, the one who chose the path marked by the white dove, watches all these things happening. The word becomes more corrupt- shown by the black bird killing the dove, the wrecking ball breaking down a wall marked with an image of a white bird, etc. The atom-splitting on the television gets darker and more chaotic each second.
    Soon giant posters of the president/leader's face are posted up and cameras are set up everywhere. (Which, interestingly enough, remind me a lot of Big Brother from 1984.) The lyrics change, too- it goes from riding bikes and do-si-dos and comic books to splitting atoms and creating cures and not giving them to people. The lyrics and the video both reflect the growth of corruption in humanity.
    Eventually the man who chose peace gathers up all the common people and marches with them in rebellion. As protesters are shot and the skies turn black, the lyrics change, and talk about guiding missiles with satellites and sending people to prison because you don't like them, etc. Eventually the man who stirred the rebellion, the same man who chose peace and freedom, is killed right before the very man who was his friend, but chose the path of power and corruption. Hence everything changes, and the video and lyrics go back to a light and innocent "I can ride a bike with no handlebars" chorus.
    I see it as a warning to humanity- about what we have done and are prone to do. Like I mentioned earlier, it reminded me of 1984 by George Orwell.
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    happybandit12Apr 16, 2008 at 6:11 pm
    The artist is right. I don't think that the song is talking specifically about the war in Iraq, or President Bush, but rather is a broad commentary about power and the high concentrations of it instilled in certain people.
    The song might as well be talking about Vietnam, or the Phillipine War, or any genocide or war. The message, though, is clear: war is a product of the higher powers: prime ministers, presidents, and ceos.
    (There's a really scary and disturbing book, but it is amazing: Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo--if you've got time & the disposition, read it: its message is similar to that of the song, but much more graphic.)
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    Liar_LiarAug 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm
    I think this song is basically saying about how the government is taking control. If you really think about it. He's saying 'i can do this just like you, you're nothing special'. Talking about how people have to listen to the government or else they go to jail or get into trouble. Talking about how he can end the planet in a holocost. All he has to do is start it. Basically saying how the government is getting a little to powerful.
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    xXsk8terXxSep 6, 2008 at 7:21 pm
    Sadly this song is sometimes portrayed in many different ways. In my opinion its how our governement has basically come to the point when that it can do whatever it wants. Thus "I can hand out a million vacinations or let them all die in exapseration, etc." all that is saying that even if we are to believe that the government is doing the best for not its not really, its all for their selffish greed. The no handlebars represent how we aren't controlling ourselves but its everyone else that is. Basically portayed in pessimism or optimisim.

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