They were selfish with the helmets on the little bus
'Till brake fluid sewage crippled up the get-retorted nickel punks
Slowly cope but swore his lowly robot vole evoke
Would someday rise in sections to interrogate the Holy Ghost

from Aesop Rock – Holy Smokes Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A typically cryptic verse for Aesop full of allusion and hyper-personal detail to the point that it is obscured from the listener. *Note that “Til Brick fluid,” may also be “Til brake fluid” and lyric sites can’t agree…

One interpretation of this verse is that lowly nickel bag dealing (read peddling in philosophy) kids (like himself in school) though held down by the Coke run off of dogma from the Catholic would eventually question the Holy Ghost

Get-retorted nickel-punks seems to use small time dealers as a metaphor for the existential thoughts of average people

The Holy Ghost is the concept in Christianity for the omnipresent aspect of God

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