Clown cold popped junk outside Grubstake
Grubstake
Grubstake
Grubstake by Hail Mary Mallon

This song is set in San Francisco. The Grubstake is a famous diner there. The song opens with someone talking trash to Aes and Rob outside the joint. Bad idea.

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Excuse me, Doug E. Fresh, I'm lost Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

Borrowed line from Slick Rick’s “The Show.” If he’s quoting Slick Rick, he is lost.

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Slow to let the dogs out, quicker to finish Halo Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

Rob would rather play Halo (a notoriously long game) than listen to Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

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Gotta fly in the morning, better pack a potato Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

The man’s hungry! He’s going to eat a potato on the plane because this little bag of pretzels isn’t enough! Have you seen the size of this Rob?

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I duck and weave Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

He’s ducking and weaving through traffic, although the phrasing is a reference to a defensive technique in boxing. He’s likening the hectic city driving to being in a fistfight.

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She said "Put the yellow sticker on your fender - Next!" Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

The clerk deals with Aes brusquely and sends him on his way.

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Utter "Unto thee I surrender mine flesh!" Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

Play on Biblical wording. Aes is saying that waiting to pay this ticket is like offering his body to the Lord—he’ll do anything for this pain to end!

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Teller Number 7 looking weathered
Like a decade in a glass box yelling shook her feathers
Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

The municipal court clerks are just as broken-down by this tedious system as anyone: The seventh clerk dealing with all the parking tickets has taken years off her life by sitting behind a glass divider in her chair yelling at the furious public. The parking ticket-payment system ruins everyone.

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If you can see a sitting duck grow up into a baying wolf Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

These peaceful citizens, victimized by a system that harasses them and beats them down, will soon turn violent and revolt.

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Pay-to-play-to-lose Meter Feeder by Hail Mary Mallon

Comparing the justice system to a fixed lottery. You pay to play (you waste time and money dealing with City Hall), and you will always lose.

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