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Pink Floyd – Dogs
Sep 26, 2016
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And after a while, you can work on points for style
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake
A certain look in the eye, and an easy smile
You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to
So that when they turn their backs on you
You'll get the chance to put the knife in
This is sheer brilliance. You've graduated from the steppes or the veldt, now you can hunt in the boardroom, the smoking lounge, the clubhouse. To do that, you have to get really camouflaged, hence the club tie, the suit, the firm handshake. They trust you, you're one of them, how could you possibly betray them? How easy to backstab.
Pink Floyd – Dogs
Sep 26, 2016
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You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking
Predator 101 - Always alert, stay downwind, concealed, look for the easy mark, the weak straggler, and when the time is right, you pounce, you strike instinctively.
Pink Floyd – Dogs
Sep 26, 2016
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Bought himself a bike to race
"Death" buys a bike to race around, do his job quicker, cover more ground. "Bike" is interesting, why bike and not a car? I think Tori is saying Death can up his pace, but only to His wants or desires. With a car, you step on the gas, go faster, with a bike, if you want to go faster, you have to pedal faster. You can leisurely tool around or you can pedal like a madman. It's all up to Death.
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Hold onto nothing
As fast as you can
Well still pretty good year
Counseling 101: "Hold on", "weather the storm", "tough times don't last, tough people do", "If you're going through Hell, keep going". That's how you survive to be able to thrive on the other side of pain and loss and adversity. Tori is mocking this concept, "hold on to...nothing (?)". Futility, ephemeral nature of reality, we live in a dream. Then, after dismissing the struggle of life, she flips and says "Well, still pretty good year." Even with the trials and loneliness and hard times, life is still pretty good.
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I came to tell my story to all these young and eager minds
To look in their unspoiled faces and their curious bright eyes
Talk about the wolf and the sheep. The juxtaposition of good/evil, innocence/experience, dark/light is beautiful. Can those "bright eyes" see the menace that stands before them? Does his cold blood chill the room? But here, at this moment, they really are safe. Like Leon in "The Professional" (No women, no kids) or Omar in "The Wire" (I mean, I do some dirt too, but I ain't never put my gun on nobody that wasn't in the game.), he does have a code. A harsh, brutal one, but a code nonetheless.
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If they was to tie a noose, they'd have to lay their Bibles down"
Classic conundrum. Can a Christian support the death penalty? If you want to execute me (tie a noose), then you're going to have to suspend or turn off your belief (lay their Bible down). Interesting question.
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One of Mike Cooley's contributions to Drive By Truckers "The Dirty South", definitely one of my favorite albums. This song is part of a 3 song suite along w/ Boys From Alabama and Buford Stick. All touch on the crime, corruption and dirty dealins in the dirty South. This piece tells the story of an Alabama badass, a gangster, robber, shooter. He knows where the bodies are buried and exudes an aura of menace. Do not fuck with this guy. He's done some time, but it didn't phase him none. Now he's out, got his moll and is giving talks to "unspoiled faces and curious bright eyes". Maybe the JUCO lecture circuit, maybe shopping his manuscript, maybe probation requirement, maybe he got religion (probably not). His girl urges him to say what he's gonna say and come on home to her. He's a bad old man.
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I used to have a wad of hundred dollar bills in the back pocket of my suit
I had A. 45 underneath my coat and another one in my boot
I drove a big ole Cadillac, bought a new one anytime I pleased
And I put more lawmen in the ground than Alabama put cottonseed
Just your badass Southern gangster. Big wad of cash, couple of .45's, flash Caddy, and a deadly history. You can just see him, leanin on his Caddy, black suit, white shirt, cutting a butt, right hand suit coat pocket bulging, eyeing the crates of booze getting loaded into the truck or noting the habits of the armored car guards.
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Just a heart wrenchingly sad tale of loss and sacrifice. Marines are usually buried in a Dress Blue uniform so this fallen Marine is "sleepin in your Dress Blues". The parents that lose a son, the wife that loses her husband, the baby that loses a father, the nation that loses a young man, all are brought low with grief and loss and pride and anger. What do the old warriors think? Those men who also were in war and did things and saw things that no body should have to do or see. The plans, the dreams, the life cut short. Watch HBO's "Taking Chance" or read "Letters Home" to get a true sense of the love and sacrifice involved. This tune captures it as well.
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Daddy used to empty out his shotgun shells and fill 'em full of black-eyed peas.
He'd aim real low and tear out your ankles or rip right through your knees
Ahh, the old Southern remedy for trespassers and field pickers and unwelcomed guests. You uncrimp the shotgun shell and pour out the shot, and maybe a little of the powder to lessen the "ooopmf" and replace it with rock salt or peas or beans or rice, uncooked of course. And, viola! sub-lethal munitions. Aim low and put a lil hurtin on the miscreants. Akin to bean-bag rounds or rubber bullets.
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The atf and the abi got everything they could take.
Take it from me They didn't take it from me
"ATF"-Alcohol, Tobacco And Firearms-tasked w/ interdicting those banned or regulated substances. "ABI"-Alabama Bureau Of Investigation-State level kind of FBI. They made whatever busts they could, but as the dude says, they didn't get me or my product. Nice little repeated phrase meaning 2 different things. "Take it from me,"=Believe me or listen to me and "They didn't take it from me"=They didn't get me.
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This is actually a Jason Isbell tune, written while he was with DBT. He plays it, I don't think DBT plays any of his tunes now. I just caught him at Word Of South festival. Shook hands with George Clinton as well. It was high up on the food chain. He said that his early songwriting was inspired by events that happened to his family and friends, so he's heavy on tales of crime (Never Gonna Change) and alienation (The Day John Henry Died) and feuds (Decoration Day). Never Gonna Change is a real rocker, celebrating hard living and the outlaw ethos and clearly, not changing one's ways in the face of criticism or opprobation.
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Some early Good Ol Grateful Dead drama. Yep, Mickey's dad, Lenny, was a manager/road guy/office cat who decamped from the band with a suitcase full of cash. It led to Mickey's "hiatus". But with "nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile" he eventually rejoined and they continued down the golden road. In heavy rotation as a 2nd Set-Pre Drums piece from Eur 72 til the END.
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Anybodys choice, I can hear your voice.
Wo, oh, what I want to know, how does the song go
Later on, in the mid 80's I would say, Jerry started to flub lyrics, eventually leading to a teleprompter. If he did during this tune, this line always got a good natured roar "how does this song go?".
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You know all the rules by now and the fire from the ice
No more pleading ignorance. You've been around long enough. You KNOW the rules. You know the difference between good and bad (fire and ice). Make your choice accordingly.
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Well the first days are the hardest days, don't you worry any more,
Cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door
Beginnings are difficult, getting started is hard. That first step, out into the unknown takes courage. But don't worry, step out in faith in yourself and your task. Conversely, when things are sailing along on easy street, that's the time for vigilance. Calamity could be right outside your door if you're not paying attention.
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But not approving at all of our winnings
Pit boss he tugged at his sleeve
Pit Bosses are supervisors who monitor the tables, staff and patrons. They have a plethora of hand signals and gestures to silently convey information. This pit boss has made the determination that these 2 guys have reached their winning limit. Unless they were really killing the house, it seems a tad harsh, but hey, he's got to move the song along.
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Disembarking at duvalier airport
Duvalier Airport-Port Au Prince, Haiti. Named after Papa Doc Duvalier, the murderous dictator who ran Haiti until his death, and handed the country off to his son, Baby Doc, an inferior tyrant who was eventually ousted, to a plush villa in Switzerland, if I recall correctly.
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In L. A. We wearin Chucks not Ballies
"Chucks" are Chuck Taylors, the no-frills, hi-top canvas basketball shoes. Also in low-rise. "Bally" are high end male footwear. 2P is saying LA is down to earth, prefers comfort to style, which is a strange thing for a rapper to say. But maybe he really liked his Chucks.
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The song is OK, I prefer their earlier stuff. This song, however is the soundtrack to one of the best "beat downs" in all movie-dom. Yes, Morty, in a towering rage, absolutely taking apart fat-ass Freddy as payback for Freddy getting Morty pinched and sent to gaol. A chance meeting in a café, down on his luck Freddy hits Morty up for a meal, then a loan. Morty, stone-faced (but you know inside he's seething, roaring) complies, peeling off pound notes "Ten's..a nice...round...number", then, explosion! It is an epic assault, the song fuzzes in and out, the camera goes in and out of focus, sometimes wide shot, sometimes POV. It is brutal. Morty takes all his rage out on hapless loser Freddy. Kicking, punching, stomping, all the while taunting him "What's happening? Been away 10 fuckin years!" "You need a red light?", Mr.X "Morty! He's had enough" "I'LL say when he's fuckin had enough!", "But let's forget about all of that, let's have a cuppa tea instead." as he pours a pot of steaming tea on Freddy's broken body. Bonus points for intercut scenes of Duke and Slasher getting wacked.
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This is the Only Band That Matters in full throated roar. All the elements are together, the exploration of different musical styles( ska chatting (Tell your ma-ma-ma, tell your pa-pa-pa everything's gonna be all right, the swirling organ...), the call to arms (Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this brand new beat, This here music mash up the nation, This here music cause a sensation), the shaming of evil doers (To the coolest Mobsters in Kingstown, With the hardest eyes and the coolest tongue, Is your heart so made of rock that the blood must flow 'round the clock). London Calling was the breakthrough, the revelation, the announcement to the wider musical world that THIS band, and THIS album had changed the game.
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A classic R. Hunter take on aging, coping and getting by. The happy warrior, dealing w/ tough times and juvenile delinquents, getting by, "WE" will, collectively. Another Hunter theme, "we're all in this la vida loca together, may as well look out for your brothers and sisters and they'll look out for you, and together, "we will get by". The 'touch of grey" becomes more prominent as we age, our hair gets grey, but, hey, "it kinda suits you anyway". It's gonna happen, we ARE getting older, best we can do is do it with style and grace. Every dark cloud's "silver lining has a touch of grey", as in your age and wisdom contribute to your ability to see things through, survive and thrive. This was turned into their first MTV hit video, they shot it at Laguna Seca Raceway after a "real" show. Naturally, skeletons replaced the guys. Heads marveled how quirky and exact the mannequins resembled the guys. Phil's puppet's butt stuck out, bobby's looked like Bobby, etc. TOG was a 1st Set opener and stayed in the rotation from its first time played. It even got some airplay and I THINK it charted Top Ten. It was their biggest hit and lead to a new generation of Heads.
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Number ten: a strong word called consignment
Strictly for live men, not for freshmen
If you ain't got the clientele say hell no
Cause they gon want they money rain sleet hail snow
aka "fronting". Wholesaler transfers product to dealer w/o payment. Dealer sell product, THEN pays wholesaler after sales. "strong" bec should something unforeseen happen (busted, ripped off, flushed), your wholesaler is going to want payment come "rain, sleet, hail or snow". Dealers w/ steady clientele and proven track record sometimes qualify for "consignment". Implies some level of trust.
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My triple beam niggaz, word up

(Chuck
"triple beam" a precision scale, usually an Ohaus. 3 sliding weights on 3 beams for exact measurement. Very expensive, but usually pays for itself...quickly!
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(Chuck D) One two three four five six seven eight nine

Uhh
This is Chuck D's countdown in PE's savage call to arms, "Shut'em Down". It exhorts the black community to use their spending power, their dollars , to influence big business.
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