Criminal Piece
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Lyrics


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There's no more bad weather underground
It's time to settle down
For all of the kiddies' sakes
Yeah, you'll want to be around
And who could have seen
Where everyone would go
And what did it mean?
Not everyone can know
I grew up with no gasoline
On the darkest edge of town
I became quite the changeling
There was just so much around

So much to be seen
And no one to stop you seeing
And oh, the things that I've been
And all of the things I'm being still

And I hold on to some dreams
Though the years seem to move so slowly
The years have been lean
But that's how we've stayed so gold

So, so long to you “Moderates”
It's time for getting down
Your peace and quiet is criminal
While there's injustice in the town

Go on with your dreams
It's silly to let them go




And say what you mean
Now everyone can know

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Criminal Piece" by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is an introspective reflection on the past and the present, and the importance of holding onto dreams and ideals amidst adversity. It begins with a declaration that the turbulent times are behind and it’s time to leave behind the underground, for the sake of the children. The vague phrase "everyone" refers to the uncertainty of where life takes people and what it means. The singer notes that not everyone can know the truth of existence.


The second verse continues in a personal reminiscence of growing up with many opportunities even though there was no gasoline. The singer describes being a changeling, able to change and be all that he could see. The third verse speaks of holding onto dreams despite the slow passage of time and the lean years. The final stanza uses biting sarcasm in its address to the Moderates. The singer accuses them of taking a criminal peace and quiet stand while injustice continues around them. The song encourages listeners to hold on to hope and continue dreaming even when times seem to be hard.


Line by Line Meaning

There's no more bad weather underground
The times of subversive activity are over and we should embrace the present moment.


It's time to settle down
It's time to sort out your life and create stability.


For all of the kiddies' sakes
We need to create a better world for the next generation.


Yeah, you'll want to be around
You'll want to experience and participate in what's to come.


And who could have seen
It's impossible to predict the future.


Where everyone would go
It's impossible to know where life will lead everyone.


And what did it mean?
It's difficult to understand the significance of life events until you can see the bigger picture.


Not everyone can know
It's impossible for everyone to be fully informed and understand everything.


I grew up with no gasoline
I grew up in difficult circumstances that influenced who I am today.


On the darkest edge of town
I was raised in an area with many struggles and challenges.


I became quite the changeling
I grew and changed as a person in response to the challenges I faced.


There was just so much around
There were many things happening in my environment that contributed to my growth.


So much to be seen
There was so much happening in the world that affected me.


And no one to stop you seeing
There was no one to prevent me from experiencing and learning.


And oh, the things that I've been
I've had a lot of experiences in my life that contributed to my growth.


And all of the things I'm being still
I'm still growing and changing as a person every day.


And I hold on to some dreams
I still have some aspirations for my life that I'm holding onto.


Though the years seem to move so slowly
The passage of time sometimes feels sluggish and uneventful.


The years have been lean
The past years have been tough for me and my community.


But that's how we've stayed so gold
Our struggles have made us stronger and more resilient.


So, so long to you “Moderates”
Goodbye to those who aren't taking action to create change in our society.


It's time for getting down
It's time to take action and create the change we want to see.


Your peace and quiet is criminal
Being complacent in the face of injustice is unacceptable.


While there's injustice in the town
We need to address the problems in our community.


Go on with your dreams
Pursue your aspirations, even if it seems difficult.


It's silly to let them go
It's foolish to give up on your goals and ambitions.


And say what you mean
Be straightforward in your communication and express your true thoughts.


Now everyone can know
It's important to communicate openly to create understanding and progress.




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Written by: LEO

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