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His Own Ideas
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

A man can't dance without the chance

Before you stands the man you see
But that man don't mean shit to me
Nothing more than a parody
Just peeking over a steep wall to see

And he's in love with his own ideas
Yeah, he's in love with his own ideas
Good and evil just a way to choose
And some he'll remember and some others he'll lose
He's in love with his own ideas

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Leap the candle, pull off your trick
He burns himself up upon the wick
The lesson learned, but it just won't stick

And he's in love with his own ideas
Yeah, he's in love with his own ideas
Good and evil just a way to choose
And some he'll remember and some others he'll lose
He's in love
With his own ideas

The cloth is sharp and it cuts both ways
Goes off whenever a banjo plays
The sinners rejoice as the wise man prays
Two groups of alley cats taking in strays
And each in love
With his own ideas

Before you beats a fearful heart
Fearful you'll tear it apart
But don't you rush and now don't you start
Cuz he's a little bit shy and a little bit smart

And he's in love with his own ideas
Yeah, he's in love with his own ideas
Good and evil just a way to choose
And some he'll remember and some others he'll lose
He's in love with his own ideas

1999 John Popper

First release: Zygote
Released: 09/09/1999
Earliest time played: 09/04/1999
Last time played: 01/26/2000
Playing frequency:
  22 plays (see all shows)
  1.18% of shows in the database
  2.29% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  When on the Howard Stern show to promote Zygote in September of 1999, John was shuffling through the tracks to play a tune or two. He played about fifteen seconds of this one before the second line's swear forced him to change tracks.



Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
The first line of a brief nursery rhyme. The second line is simply "Jack, jump over the candlestick". An old British wedding tradition is for each member of the party to jump over a lit candlestick. If the flame stays lit, it is good luck, and if it goes out, the opposite.
it cuts both ways
When something cuts both ways, it means that the situation has both pros and cons. The origin of the expression is unknown.