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Is This Thing On?

 

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Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?
Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?

In the hallway of a high school
Anywhere, USA
There was a bully picking on a different kid
It seemed like every day
A pack of back-slappin' buddies
Laughing, backing him up all the way
And a screaming girlfriend making believe
In everything he would say

Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?
Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?

Then one day some kid
That he beat up a couple times before
Realized to even his surprise
He probably could indeed take more
And with that he hatched the evil plan
To make that devil pay
He walked up to him in the middle of the gym
And he found the nerve to say

If you're gonna hit somebody today
You're gonna hit me too
In fact you're gonna hit me every day
Because now I'm picking on you
And as crazy as that might sound right now
I ain't stopping until I'm through
It's too late to beg for mercy now
There's nothing you can do

Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?
Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?

That bully just laughed and laughed of course
And so did all of his friends
And he beat that kid unmercifully
For days and days on end
Only less and less impressively
To that girl and all his friends
Who would eventually secretly
Start hoping the kid might win

Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?
Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?

Monday they rolled around in dirt
Tuesday they rolled in grass
Wednesday that actually both got hurt
Throwing each other through class
Thursday the meylay was out by the dumpster
Friday in study hall
Day in and out, year after year
Without ever letting up at all

Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?
Is this thing working?
Is this thing on?

Now you'll never hear him say this
Cause he thinks people still don't know
But winning the battle every day
Cost our bully the war a long time ago
And of all the scars he's got to show
For every blow that kid sneaks in
The worst one is knowing that tomorrow
He's gonna have to get up and fight that kid again

 
LAST UPDATED: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:16 AM