How a thousand virtues
Kick the same bucket like chinatown turtles

from Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty Lyrics on Rap Genius


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Righteous virtues have died (kicked the bucket). Turtles sold in Chinatown are often kept in buckets. Ironically, they don’t live very long despite the long life span of turtles, due to being kept in conditions that can cause fatal ailments (fungi, infections, malnutrition, etc.) So by saying that “virtues kick the same bucket” Aesop is saying that formerly valued virtues have have been short lived.

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