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Aesop Rock None Shall Pass Lyrics

Last updated: 04/09/2013 10:31:21 AM

flash that buttery gold, jittery zeitgeist
wither by the watering hole, border patrol
what are we to heart huckabee art fuckery suddenly?
not enough young in his lung for the waterwing
colorfully vulgar poacher outta mulch
like "i'm 'a pull the pulse out a soldier and bolt"
sign of the time we elapse
when a primate climb up a spine and attach
eye for an eye by the bog like swamps and vines
they get a rise out of frogs and flies
so when a dog-fight's hog-tied prize sorta costs a life
their mouths water on a fork and knife
and the allure isn't right, no score on a war torn beach
where the cash cow's actually beef
blood turns wine when it leak for police
like "that's not a riot it's a feast, let's eat!"

and i will remember your name and face
on the day you are judged by the funhouse cast
and i will rejoice in your fall from grace
with a cane through the sky like "none shall pass"

aah, fly me up high! x2
none shall pass
aah, fly me up high! x2
none shall pass

if you never had a day a snow cone couldn't fix
you wouldn't relate to the rogue vocoder blitz
how he spoke through a no-doz motor on the fritz
cause he wouldn't play roll over fetch like a bitch
and express no regrets, though he isn't worth a homeowner's piss
to the jokers who pose by the glitz.
sign of the swine in the swarm
when a king is a whore who comply and conform
miles outside of the eye of the storm
with a siphon to lure out a prize and award
while avoiding the vile and bazaar that is violence and war
true blue triumph is more
like wait, let it snake up outta the centerfold
let it break the walls of jericho
ready? go! sat where the old cardboard city folk
swap tales with heads like every other penny throw


"you tried to trick me
you've gotta lot of nerve"
"i'm not trying to trick you
i'm -trust me- i'm -trust me- i'm trying to help"

okay, woke to a grocery list
goes like this: duty and death
anyone object come stand in the way
you could be my little snake river canyon today
and i ran with a chain of commands
and a jet pack strap where the back-stab lands if it can
sign of the vibe in the crowd
when i cut her belly open to find what climb out
what a bit of gusto he muster up
to make a dark horse rush like enough is enough
it musta struck a nerve so they huff and puff
'til all the king's men fluster and clusterfuck
and it's a beautiful thing
to my people who keep an impressive wingspan
even when the cubicle shrink
you gotta pull up the intruder by the root of the weed
NY chew thru the machine


"i'm trying to help"

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Most thought out music i've heard for a while. Way to go | Reviewer: Oscar | 4/9/13

I'm intrigued by the amount of thought the artist has put into this music, unlike the majority of top-of-the-charts artists. Will definitely get hold of more of his music.
Thumbs up to Aesop Rock! (odd name?!)

Take shelter | Reviewer: Vert Konnegut | 1/26/13

and i will remember your name and face
on the day you are judged by the funhouse cast
and i will rejoice in your fall from grace
with a cane through the sky like "none shall pass"

To me, Aesop is saying that when you are "judged by the funhouse cast" that is all the general unthinking consuming masses, that he will rejoice, and that your "fall from grace" is actually the best thing that can happen to you because you will not be beholden to the funhouse cast, the people who don't take things seriously, and that this lowest point after the fall is actually the destination. Here, Aesop will welcome you, because he has remembered your name and face. And once you're in, once you've seen the other side, you can't go back, and Aesop knows it. None shall pass.

My theory | Reviewer: Parsel | 1/17/13

I think he's just trying to use his words to get people to think a little harder. Although, we may not have the the same interpretation as him his songs still makes us recognize all the corruption, violence, greed,and unjustness going on in the world and once enough people recognize the problems then maybe we'll be able to fix them.

Deep, but... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/15/12

I have no doubt. This is truly an amazing artist. The problem is that, although this might make a lot of sense to him, it is hard to find the real meaning by yourself. It is something that is hard to avoid, specially at this level, cus I have made songs myself and i really like the meaning it has for myself and i dont care if the metaphors arent understood.
Anyway, this guy is a frecking genius, I'm european and I see some stuff in the lyrics, such as "Zeitgeist", he's prolly the only american knowing what it means. For those who wonder, and although im not german, i'll tell you: Zeitgeist is the mental fashion of a certain era. The intellectual thoughts, innovations etc that are typical from a certain era.
Anyway, greets to you AESOP ROCK!

Awed | Reviewer: kt cryer | 7/3/12

I just randomly discovered this song and the lyrics just threw me. This guy is awake. You could learn a thing or two from his lyrics if you just look deeper. He recognizes the bullshit system and what its done to the world and commends those who have freed their minds enough to break free "to my people who keep an impressive wingspan". This guy is totally legit. 100%.

A Fellow Poets Point Of View | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/16/12

I love how so many people say his raps are meaningless. Well, let me ask you this; in today's drug and sex obsessed rap scene,why do such stupid songs like; "Teach me how to jerk" and "Starships" top the charts? Aesop is a poet. Who doesn't rap about all the mainstream things of today. He's a lyrical genius. His lyrics; despite what you may interpret them to mean, have a special meaning to him, and to others. I can relate and connect to just about every song I've ever heard by him.
Poetry makes sense to someone,somewhere.
And why would someone spend time making meaningless music? It had to have inspiration from somewhere in order to even spawn the lyrics.
That's all.
<3 Aesop Listener; for life.

the chorus... | Reviewer: greg m | 4/6/12

the chorus: and i will remember your name and face
on the day you are judged by the funhouse cast
and i will rejoice in your fall from grace
with a cane through the sky like "none shall pass"

the way this world is these days, everyone is about greed, competition, believe the things the government say r right cause of the fact this nation was built on religion and stretched so people follow the governments agenda and not have the intelligence to do what is right.. we fall into temptation with money, fame, technology tht we trample over people to achieve it.

now back to the chorus: he says everything u stand for in this day and age is wrong and he will remember ur faces to laugh at u wen ur passage to heaven is rejected... to my opinion he sounds a bit cocky but hes right and not many see tht.. they think life is about partying, destroying life for pleasure, abusing athority, pretty much being a puppet in some game plan planned by the ones in charge and we fall for it......

u can like hate this if u want idc really, but the ones who trully understand this i give u props. dont take every word literally try to see it visually as this whole nation works an u will see we r doing things out of self interest an not for the betterment of the world. like i said, we fall into temptation and we forget wat we're doing here in the first place...

Actual lyrics | Reviewer: 800 lbs | 2/29/12

This is for the anonymous post on 1/11/12 titled "NonSense."

Just because your mind can't comprehend anything beyond "I wanna smoke a blunt, and rape a bitch!" Doesn't mean this is nonsense. It's a poem, and you have to actually think into the lyrics. Real music shouldn't be blunt and boring. Aesop actually thinks before he writes his lyrics. Maybe, just maybe, if you try to think back to what your high school teacher was trying to teach you in American literature, you can pick apart the lyrics and understand some of them. I know this would be a stretch for you, but don't give up.

NonSense | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/11/12

Have any of you ever tried rapping before? This is nonsense. It doesn't' mean anything. Anyone can clusterfuck this together. "colorfully vulgar poacher outta mulch"?- So very very profound.

it makes you think. period. | Reviewer: Katya | 10/18/11

It's like surrealism, taking religious metaphors and understood concepts and flipping them on their head. It makes no obvious sense so you squint your eyes and start thinking real hard, and just when you think you get it, you don't. Lots of people don't get surrealism so they think it's stupid and meaningless, which is their loss. It's poetry, pure and simple. Who the fuck cares where he's from?

real good | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/15/11

I can't believe so many of you are fucking idiots. The fact that he's rapping this is way fucking ahead if this time. And of course it means something, and no, you're not supposed to know it, but if you want to, you can try and figure out what it means to you. It's poetry you stupid assholes. Most rappers don't have this poetic capacity. This is the future of rap in it's purest form. know Aesop? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/30/11

You guys know he was raised Catholic in New York, right? His father was Jewish. His mother and his siblings were all Catholics. He's agnostic now, so it doesn't even matter. Regardless, he was born and raised in Long Island, and he lives in Cali now. How is he a symbol for Midwest Underground hip hop?

themes | Reviewer: Sid | 7/22/11

The lyrics are definitely about the shady areas of politics, what with all the imagery of death and war. But beyond that it'll be exhausting to try to figure out exactly what he's saying, line by line. I bet even he doesn't know.

Yall niggas be trippin | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/19/11

Stop tryin to interpret this shit, just listen to the music, and the interpretations make no sense whatsoever unless you know what they're talking about which is usually some history shit that's retarded. Just enjoy aesops flow and stop trippin balls on what it means

_Lucas_The_One_Kid | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/7/10

I see Aesop Rock's lyrics are very metaphorical in nature and like most art many different opinions or conclusions can be made. That's why it's so good.

This song, in my opinion, is Aesop's take on the political climate of the time.
flash that buttery gold, jittery zeitgeist
Here he's speaking about the unchecked wealth and greed that is driving Americans (and our politics)

wither by the watering hole, border patrol
what are we to heart huckabee art fuckery suddenly?
The border patrol, and by extension, police/military aren't getting a big enough piece of the pie/wealth and we're supposed to believe (this) (Mike) Huckabee, a guy who's political agenda is opposite of fostering creativity and artwork.

not enough young in his lung for the waterwing
Mike Huckabee (may be a metaphor for the old GOP congressmen) is too old to be a soldier/police/border patrol himself....etc etc.

In the second verse I believe he's talking about a politician with values and morals, probably a democrat ("true blue triumph is more"), possibly Obama but maybe Kucinich or someone else IDK.

etc and etc.

Though Aesop does it very metaphorically so it could obviously be interpreted differently and applied to the political climate of nearly any generation about the struggle between greed and modesty, class warfare, bourgeois vs the proletariat..etc But certain things have me believe he had the political climate in 07 when he made the record, in mind (Huckabee, NY, Border Patrol..etc.)

Funhouse cast would be Americans, or the electorate, in my estimation.

I could try to interpret each line but I got work to do.