Tumbleweed
Billy Woods Lyrics


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Z-z-z-z, pop go the landscape
Belly-up throwing socks at the fan blades
One o'clock
Dummy lock eyes with a mickey mouse pancake
Pox on his tipping side handshake
Slobs in a city-wide campground, translate
Tan lions examining how the lamb taste
Needs more saffron
Lead 4 eyes where his hands ain't
Hand painted mask on, Badassquiat
Tap math rock on a harp string
Mosh like a sasquatch larping
Seen amoebas grow to vapid fashionistas
Freeing a can of worms mistook for a panacea
See the regulars exude a
Particular brand of diva
‘til a basic interaction take a
Local anesthesia to stomach amnesia beloved
Reanimated from the chrysalis
Splitting atoms over shitty crinkle cuts
Lemme guess another mac the knife with
The passion of christ
I would rather be trapped in ice
He flexi with the tech and exit
Left from the director's chair
Pocket-knife and a box of strike anywheres
Might break off from the pack
Like Uncle Traveling Matt
Mail a couple suspicious packages back
But the mission is in front of him
Operation tooth and nail
Turn troops into boots and belts

Russian roullette relationships
Step in the front door guns to your own heads
His & her 44s matching rubber grips
Just Me & My Bitch/romantic revolvers
She threatened to leave/replied
I'd buy that for a dollar took a few weeks
But I'm back to rolling ‘em smaller
It's the little things the bitter flings
Rebounding with the illest springs
Icarus aloft on pride's brittle wings
Heavy hand/Singapore Slings/Good man
I appreciate a barkeep who keep
My cup on brim
And might perhaps point me towards some trim
Eye blinks pan flashes
Suddenly the only person in the
Bar not wearing glasses
Keeps a flask in hand but for
That special someone might pass it
The Minus Man
Takes his meals alone close to home
Two glasses Cote de Rhone
Slipped out unnoticed/the tip was decent
Nods good evening to policemen
Passing the precinct
Must've already made quota
Crocodile Tears PW botha
Maybe I shoulda stuck it out instead
Going home to a sofa arrived via chauffeur
Dipped in a jack-o lantern arm
In arm with a slattern
Shot from the hip/excuses in
The holster/extended clip




One in the head and I ain't stop
Squeezing till I knew it was dead

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Billy Woods's song "Tumbleweed" are packed with vivid and thought-provoking imagery, offering a critique on society and personal relationships. The opening lines describe a chaotic and disjointed landscape, where the singer feels trapped and disconnected. The reference to a mickey mouse pancake and tipping side handshake suggests a sense of absurdity and superficiality in daily interactions.


The song continues to explore themes of power dynamics, with the "tan lions examining how the lamb taste" symbolizing those in positions of authority exploiting those who are vulnerable. The lyrics also touch upon the pursuit of materialism and the confusion of values, as seen in the desire for "more saffron" and the hand-painted mask of the "Badassquiat," referencing Jean-Michel Basquiat's artistry.


Throughout the song, there is a sense of disillusionment and frustration with society's shallow pursuits. The chorus depicts the singer's yearning for genuine human connection in a world filled with facades. The imagery of "splitting atoms over shitty crinkle cuts" suggests a desire for deep intellectual engagement in contrast to trivial and petty conversations.


The second verse delves into the complexities of romantic relationships, employing the metaphor of Russian Roulette. The lyrics explore the power dynamics and struggles within a partnership, acknowledging the potential for destruction. The use of romantic revolvers and threats of leaving illustrate the volatile nature of love.


Overall, "Tumbleweed" offers a critique of societal norms, personal relationships, and the yearning for deeper connections in a world often preoccupied with superficialities.


Line by Line Meaning

Z-z-z-z, pop go the landscape
The landscape is being abruptly disrupted and transformed.


Belly-up throwing socks at the fan blades
Engaging in reckless and chaotic behavior.


One o'clock
A specific time of day, indicating a particular moment.


Dummy lock eyes with a mickey mouse pancake
An oblivious person staring at something trivial and insignificant.


Pox on his tipping side handshake
Disapproval towards someone's insincere or dishonest behavior.


Slobs in a city-wide campground, translate
Unorganized and messy individuals occupying a large area, causing confusion.


Tan lions examining how the lamb taste
Those in power exploiting and exploiting the weak and vulnerable.


Needs more saffron
Inadequacy and the desire for improvement or enhancement.


Lead 4 eyes where his hands ain't
Misleading someone's attention away from their true intentions.


Hand painted mask on, Badassquiat
Wearing a facade or persona to hide one's true identity.


Tap math rock on a harp string
Blending different styles and genres of music.


Mosh like a sasquatch larping
Engaging in wild and energetic behavior, similar to live-action role-playing.


Seen amoebas grow to vapid fashionistas
Witnessing shallow individuals gaining influence and popularity.


Freeing a can of worms mistook for a panacea
Unleashing more problems and complications instead of finding a solution.


See the regulars exude a
Regular patrons displaying a certain characteristic or attitude.


Particular brand of diva
A specific and distinctive type of self-absorbed and demanding person.


‘til a basic interaction take a
Until a simple encounter becomes challenging or difficult.


Local anesthesia to stomach amnesia beloved
Temporary relief or distraction from painful memories or emotions.


Reanimated from the chrysalis
Emerging or being reborn from a transformative state.


Splitting atoms over shitty crinkle cuts
Focusing on trivial matters instead of addressing more important issues.


Lemme guess another mac the knife with
Predicting and expecting another deceitful or treacherous person.


The passion of christ
Intense or fervent emotions and actions.


I would rather be trapped in ice
Preferably being isolated or restrained rather than dealing with certain situations.


He flexi with the tech and exit
Displaying skill and proficiency with technology before leaving.


Left from the director's chair
Stepping away from a position of authority or control.


Pocket-knife and a box of strike anywheres
Being prepared for any situation with useful tools and resources.


Might break off from the pack
Potentially separating or distancing oneself from a group.


Like Uncle Traveling Matt
Similar to a wanderer or explorer.


Mail a couple suspicious packages back
Sending back questionable or questionable items.


But the mission is in front of him
The primary objective is still ahead and needs to be pursued.


Operation tooth and nail
A relentless and fierce operation or endeavor.


Turn troops into boots and belts
Transforming individuals into mere possessions or tools of the military.


Russian roullette relationships
Unstable and risky romantic connections.


Step in the front door guns to your own heads
Entering a situation that poses a threat to oneself.


His & her 44s matching rubber grips
Both partners being armed with similar guns, symbolizing their unity and shared danger.


Just Me & My Bitch/romantic revolvers
Referring to themselves and their partner as a dangerous and inseparable duo.


She threatened to leave/replied
Responding to a threat of abandonment by acknowledging it.


I'd buy that for a dollar took a few weeks
It took some time and effort to accept and believe in something.


But I'm back to rolling ‘em smaller
Returning to a habit or behavior, but with less intensity or magnitude.


It's the little things the bitter flings
Small details and insignificant conflicts causing bitterness and tension.


Rebounding with the illest springs
Bouncing back with unmatched resilience and strength.


Icarus aloft on pride's brittle wings
Experiencing a fall or failure due to excessive pride and arrogance.


Heavy hand/Singapore Slings/Good man
Being assertive and decisive while enjoying a cocktail, signifying a sense of control.


I appreciate a barkeep who keep
Expressing gratitude towards a bartender who consistently provides quality service.


My cup on brim
Having one's cup filled to the brim, metaphorically representing satisfaction or abundance.


And might perhaps point me towards some trim
Possibly giving a suggestion or direction towards finding romantic or sexual partners.


Eye blinks pan flashes
Quick and fleeting moments of observation and realization.


Suddenly the only person in the
Instantly becoming the sole individual within a certain group or context.


Bar not wearing glasses
Being different or unique by not conforming to societal expectations.


Keeps a flask in hand but for
Regularly carrying a flask, but reserving it for a specific person or situation.


That special someone might pass it
Offering a drink or gesture of affection to someone of significance.


The Minus Man
A mysterious and elusive figure with a negative or harmful influence.


Takes his meals alone close to home
Preferring solitude and staying within familiar surroundings while eating.


Two glasses Cote de Rhone
Drinking two glasses of a specific type of wine, indicating a personal indulgence.


Slipped out unnoticed/the tip was decent
Leaving without being noticed, but leaving a respectable tip or payment.


Nods good evening to policemen
Acknowledge and greeting law enforcement officers politely.


Passing the precinct
Moving past the area where police officers are stationed.


Must've already made quota
Implying that the police officers have fulfilled their required tasks or quota for the day.


Crocodile Tears PW botha
Referring to insincere or fake displays of emotions by someone in power.


Maybe I shoulda stuck it out instead
Considering the possibility of persevering and enduring a difficult situation.


Going home to a sofa arrived via chauffeur
Returning to a life of luxury and comfort, symbolized by a chauffeur delivering a luxurious sofa.


Dipped in a jack-o lantern arm
Having a temporary and superficial connection or association.


In arm with a slattern
Being seen or associated with a promiscuous or untidy woman.


Shot from the hip/excuses in
Acting hastily and impulsively, making excuses afterwards.


The holster/extended clip
The justification and prolongation of one's reckless behavior.


One in the head and I ain't stop
Continuing with determination and persistence, regardless of obstacles.


Squeezing till I knew it was dead
Persevering and exerting pressure until a situation or problem is resolved or eliminated.




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Padooshka

aesop is one of the few that has gotten better with time

SUPER VILLAIN

Blockhead never seize to amaze me, dudes production on this album bangs hard. After listening to this track, Aesop Rock & Blockhead need to drop another album. They dropped great albums together, Aesop really hasn't been the same without blockhead on the production. Very dope & original track right here.

Big Guy Jimmy

this is a very happy man rn

hoppyKnitz

that bassy one-two gets me everytime, and the humming gives cudi vibes

ryan herron

this track is too good.

luke fenn

The Legend that appears everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

Khan Ahmed

Billy Woods is amazing
This is the one

Javier Randolph

It's something about this one

Ed Hickie

true, but what about skelethon? personally i thought skelethon was his best yet. I also think, Aes has started to change his inflexion over the years to a more regulated tone if that makes sense, which for me makes some of his more lyrical songs flow better

DylerTurden

Aes strongest work for me is Skelethon, some of the HMM is up there with it and this is the same caliber.

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