I cook the wick at both ends
Just to blend that element of chance with my tight rope dance

from Aesop Rock – Float Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

These two lines are spoken with the same delivery used in the previous line creating a satirical perspective of Richard Nixon’s scandal. He is making a mockery here of the former President’s many rationalizations of his crime, including the statement “If the president does it, that means it’s not illegal”

Aesop gives the image of a wick—probably attached to some explosive—burning at both ends, only for the purpose of inserting a bit more excitement into the perpetrator’s life. Nixon was famous for overstepping his power in office and committing violations of civil rights against Americans; by the time Watergate had come to light, it seemed as if the president was breaking laws simply for the excitement.

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