Get up off the pavement, brush the dirt up off my psyche
Earl brushes off his damaged ego.
Reference to his song “Earl”. Except he takes it further now — to his “psyche”. This indicates that his troubles are more complex now, involving his psyche rather than just lewd underage drinking.
This is also a reference to one of his favorite activities: skateboarding and how when he slams onto the pavement, he gets back up.
The line “pendulum swinging slower, degenerate moving” in connection with the slowed down vocals in the words psyche, might mean that Earl’s degeneracy is slowing down with his age as he brushes the dirt off of his dirty psyche. He’s still inclined as a young adult to do stupid things, but he’s starting to slow down.
Earl’s “getting up off the pavement” recalls the vivid image he paints of the “morning after" of his OF lifestyle in "Earl.” In “Chum,” he brushes the dirt off of his psyche, not his body. Thus, Earl’s career—his life—mirrors the course of a night of debauchery. He had his (sick, unhealthy, but also fantastic) fun, and now he has to clean up, grow up, move on and rap about something besides raping women. Will his music still be great? Time will tell.
A “dirt off your shoulder” philosophy means being knocked down by life, but always managing to rise and succeed.
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