Hustle and Cuss
The Dead Weather Lyrics


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Knock on the door
And the door knocks back
The joke never go no further than that
Fire goes back inside the match
Back down the stack

And we hustle and cuss
Lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Lick on the dust

And we hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Must you muscle and fuss?
You muscle and fuss
And lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust

When we were young
A different kind of fun
Playing in the mud
It meant something else
Now we hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss

And we hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Must we muscle and fuss?
You muscle and fuss
And lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust

You're easy to fool and easy to catch
And I don't know if I want you to
Match my bets

And we hustle and cuss
Lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Lick on the dust

And we hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Hustle and cuss
Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Must you muscle and fuss?
Hustle and cuss
Muscle and fuss




Muscle and fuss
And lick on the dust

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Dead Weather's song Hustle and Cuss evoke feelings of frustration and disillusionment with the world around us. The first verse describes the repetitive nature of life, with the knocking on the door and the door knocking back, highlighting the lack of progress and the cyclical nature of our struggles. The line "fire goes back inside the match, back down the stack" suggests that our attempts to ignite change or progress can often be thwarted, leading to a feeling of defeat.


The chorus "hustle and cuss, lick on the dust" represents the grit and determination it takes to keep pushing forward, despite the setbacks. The repetition of this phrase reinforces the idea that this is something we must continue to do, even if we are weary or disillusioned. The second verse contrasts the innocence and joy of childhood with the harsh reality of adulthood, highlighting the loss of innocence we all experience as we grow up.


The final verse introduces a sense of doubt, with the line "you're easy to fool and easy to catch, and I don't know if I want you to match my bets" suggesting that even our closest relationships may not be trustworthy or reliable. Overall, the song speaks to the struggle we all face to keep pushing forward, even when the odds seem stacked against us.


Line by Line Meaning

Knock on the door
Starting something new


And the door knocks back
They get a response


The joke never go no further than that
Nothing really comes out of it


Fire goes back inside the match
The spark dies out


Back down the stack
Return to square one


And we hustle and cuss
Working hard with frustration


Lick on the dust
Not achieving anything significant


Hustle and cuss and lick on the dust
Repeating the same cycle without any success


Must you muscle and fuss?
Do you really have to keep doing this?


When we were young
Reflecting on the past


A different kind of fun
Life was a lot simpler


Playing in the mud
Enjoying the simple things in life


It meant something else
Life had different priorities


You're easy to fool and easy to catch
You're naive and gullible


And I don't know if I want you to
They're unsure what to do with them


Match my bets
Take the same risks as me


Muscle and fuss
Continuing to work hard


And lick on the dust
Without any real results, just like before




Lyrics © DOMINO PUBLISHING COMPANY
Written by: JACK LAWRENCE

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woodpony34

Love this song!!

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