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    Default Marxist Interpretation of 'Peaches'

    After an absence from the web, this close reading of the President's of the United States of America's hit song "Peaches" returns to the Internet. You may think the song lacks lyrical content, and was only a hit because of the Ninjas in the video. This is reasonable, as it appears to be a pointless rambling of a band who drank a little too much spiked fruitopia. I admit it doesn't seem all that sensible, but if you listen to it enough and ask yourself why anybody would write such a blatantly pointless song. Well the only logical answer is that it isn't blatantly pointless. You may just see the hidden meanings. Of course, you and Bill Clinton may disagree with this interpretation. That's fine, you can make your own website.

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    1 Movin' to the country
    I'm gonna eat a lot of peaches
    I'm movin' to the country
    I'm gonna eat me a lot ofpeaches

    5 I'm movin' to the country
    I'm gonna eat a lot of peaches
    I'm movin' to the country
    I'm gonna eat a lot of peaches

    Peaches come from a can
    10 They were put there by a man
    In a factory downtown

    And If I had my little way
    I'd eat peaches every day
    Sun soaking bulges in the shade

    15 Movin' to the country
    I'm gonna eat a lot of peaches
    I'm movin' to the country
    I'm gonna eat a lot of peaches

    I'm Movin' to the country
    20 Gonna eat a lot of peaches
    Movin' to the country
    Gonna eat a lot of peaches

    I took a little nap with a little salt twist
    Squished a rotten peach in my fist
    25 And dreamed about you woman

    I poke my finger down inside
    Make a little hole for an ant to hide
    Natures candy in my hand, or can or pie

    Not Now
    30 Not Now
    Not Yet

    Millions of peaches
    Peachesfor me
    Millions of peaches
    35 Peaches for Free

    Millions of peaches
    Peachesfor Me
    Millions of peaches
    Peaches for free
    40 Look out

    Millions of peaches
    Peaches for me
    Millions of peaches
    Peaches for Free

    45 Millions ofPeaches
    Peaches for Me
    Millions of peaches
    Peaches for free
    Look out




    "Peaches" is a song discussing the coming of socialism and warning that the revolution shouldn't occur at this exact moment but its coming. The Presidents of the United States of America make repeated reference to the oppression of the capitalistic world and their desires to leave it far behind. Verses espousing communism are quite prevalent to the end with scattered warnings not to both the revolutionaries and the establishment.

    In order to escape the capitalistic decay of the city they are moving to the country as indicated by the first stanza. This is repeated like a chorus and contains a double meaning, both with socialistic implications. The most apparent is that the narrator is moving away from the smog of industry to what American's call the country, a rural unindustrialized community with a low population and a high sense of community bonding. The people are geographically more distant but ore emotionally closer. In such communities most of the people work in the area and the community is self-sufficient. There is no more than one of each business (basically a general Store and a gas station). These communities are almost communistic, and generally supported by the US' agrarian socialism programs. The other interpretation is that he is moving to a foreign socialistic country. Once there he's going to eat lots of peaches. The peaches where he is now are tainted with oppression but in the country (which ever one it is) are fresher and more free.

    The third stanza discusses capitalism as an unnatural thing. Peaches are fruit, and fruit comes from fruit trees not cans. The "It was put there" lines show capitalism as a sexist institution a non-gender specific term like worker, or employee would have been used other wise. The term "factory" is a reference to the factories of the Industrial Revolution when people worked long hours for mere pocket change. Industrial society has lead to placing beautiful nature into a can. Line 28shows that Natures candy has been forced into can. The word hand has long been a symbol of a force and strength and also oppressive control hence the American idiom "I've got them eating out of my hand." By placing pie after the can, the Presidents, are implying that we feed upon this oppression.

    The wishes embodied in the fourth stanza imply a desire and a plan to over through the establishment. A daily consumption of fresh peaches would only be allowed to the common person by a socialistic or communistic economy. Of course the obstacle in the way of the daily peach is the "Sun soaking bulges in the shade". These bulges are the portly capitalists who do nothing but lounge around in the shade while trying to get a tan, because their delicate complexion couldn't take the sun. They're people who haven't worked all their life and have lived by walking on the backs of men.

    Capitalism is declared decadent and inescapable. In seventh stanza the Presidents turn up the imagery. The twenty fourth line vents anger at the decay capitalism has caused. By squishing a "rotten peach in my fist" there is an angry attempt to shrink the decay caused by capitalism and squish it out of existence. The anger is given intense force by the word fist which produces an image of anger and strength. The previous line about talking a nap may seem silly and out of place but implies that at present the only way to squish the "rotten peach" of capitalistic decay is in dreams. The 25th line reinforces this idea. Communism and socialism are beliefs that are publicly seen to be feminine. During the Industrial Revolution and the two American Red Scares (after World War I and II) socialists were seen as something less than masculine. They were ridiculed as being week and woman like (as the women's rights movement hadn't quite happened and such a belief was socially acceptable). In modern thought the woman artistically represents an entity of great beauty and equal intelligence, as far as The Presidents of the United States of America are concerned a socialistic/communistic state would be a beautiful thing.

    The final verses of the song are set over a heavy slamming of the basses with some distortions producing the sounds of a waging revolution. If one hasn't heard it, you need not fear, the lyrics express the message far more effectively. The Revolution will happen but, the presidents warn that now is not the time with screams of "Not now" and "Not Yet". They hope in time the world will be ready for what the revolution will bring. Where the beneficial fruit of communism, here symbolized by peaches, will be free for millions.

    Enough interpretting. We may stop and be amused at the ultimate irony. The Presidents of the United States of America are singing favorably about communism. The same communism that Americans have been fighting for years. Please note I don't always agree with the Presidents of the united States of America, whether they are a band or an "elected" man.

    Taken from here http://home.case.edu/~brm4/potusa.html


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    simply amazing

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    I'm not gonna read it, but Apples > Peaches
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    now, just one question, why did you post this?

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    Oh yeah, most of these kids are too young to appreciate this song.

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    alot of the presidents songs are somewhat pointless. like being scratched by a cat. great band though.
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    doyley rulez!

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    Fantastic.

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    hmmmm... will definetly check it out.. never really heard of them until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_poser
    Oh yeah, most of these kids are too young to appreciate this song.

    What the fuck dude? Must you reek of elitism all the time?

    Also, I'm more than positive this "interpretation" is bull***** and here's why. People have found a tendency, since books long ago began making veiled references to the bible and greek mytholgoy, to look for hidden messages in works of art. Unfortuantly, these people are idiots. As a writer myself, and a prolific reader, I can tell you that writers dont hide messages. They don't produce works on topics which they find very important, only to mask their point with vagueness and far too many ambiguities. The problem here, is that people have a set idea in mind, then find examples to support it. Still don't believe me? Then google an interpretation of the They Might Be Giants song Triangle Man. Its the goofiest, simplest little tune, and people have written pieces that are thesis-worthy on what it might mean. Whoever found a "marxist intepretation" in this song is the same kind of person who missed the entire plot of The Matrix (lucky them) for focusing way too intently on the symbolism and overtones of Christ.
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    you could make any song sound like communism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MullenSucks
    What the fuck dude? Must you reek of elitism all the time?

    Also, I'm more than positive this "interpretation" is bull***** and here's why. People have found a tendency, since books long ago began making veiled references to the bible and greek mytholgoy, to look for hidden messages in works of art. Unfortuantly, these people are idiots. As a writer myself, and a prolific reader, I can tell you that writers dont hide messages. They don't produce works on topics which they find very important, only to mask their point with vagueness and far too many ambiguities. The problem here, is that people have a set idea in mind, then find examples to support it. Still don't believe me? Then google an interpretation of the They Might Be Giants song Triangle Man. Its the goofiest, simplest little tune, and people have written pieces that are thesis-worthy on what it might mean. Whoever found a "marxist intepretation" in this song is the same kind of person who missed the entire plot of The Matrix (lucky them) for focusing way too intently on the symbolism and overtones of Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MullenSucks
    What the fuck dude? Must you reek of elitism all the time?

    Also, I'm more than positive this "interpretation" is bull***** and here's why. People have found a tendency, since books long ago began making veiled references to the bible and greek mytholgoy, to look for hidden messages in works of art. Unfortuantly, these people are idiots. As a writer myself, and a prolific reader, I can tell you that writers dont hide messages. They don't produce works on topics which they find very important, only to mask their point with vagueness and far too many ambiguities. The problem here, is that people have a set idea in mind, then find examples to support it. Still don't believe me? Then google an interpretation of the They Might Be Giants song Triangle Man. Its the goofiest, simplest little tune, and people have written pieces that are thesis-worthy on what it might mean. Whoever found a "marxist intepretation" in this song is the same kind of person who missed the entire plot of The Matrix (lucky them) for focusing way too intently on the symbolism and overtones of Christ.
    Very true. This sort of crap usually fucks you on tests cos you'll usually go back too look for stuff that isn't there, only to bubble in the wrong answer. That's how they get you. Anyway, this reminds me a lot of the Bible Code and the BS surrounding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MullenSucks
    What the fuck dude? Must you reek of elitism all the time?

    Also, I'm more than positive this "interpretation" is bull***** and here's why. People have found a tendency, since books long ago began making veiled references to the bible and greek mytholgoy, to look for hidden messages in works of art. Unfortuantly, these people are idiots. As a writer myself, and a prolific reader, I can tell you that writers dont hide messages. They don't produce works on topics which they find very important, only to mask their point with vagueness and far too many ambiguities. The problem here, is that people have a set idea in mind, then find examples to support it. Still don't believe me? Then google an interpretation of the They Might Be Giants song Triangle Man. Its the goofiest, simplest little tune, and people have written pieces that are thesis-worthy on what it might mean. Whoever found a "marxist intepretation" in this song is the same kind of person who missed the entire plot of The Matrix (lucky them) for focusing way too intently on the symbolism and overtones of Christ.

    yes, I must
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    but i was commenting on the fact that this song was released 11 years ago, and the average age of this forum seems to be 12 lately, not that people are too stupid to understand this misguided yet hilarious interpretation

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    i love peaches.

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    fat_poser is the only one who get's it.
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    Peaches is about him wanting to finger a girl.

    I took a little nap with a little salt twist
    Squished a rotten peach in my fist
    And dreamed about you woman

    I poke my finger down inside
    Make a little hole for an ant to hide

    Natures candy in my hand, or can or pie

    I read that theory somewhere though. was it at songmeanings.net?
    uh oh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riskitforabiscuit
    fat_poser is the only one who get's it.
    Yeah dude, you're and him are waaaay too deep for the likes of sbc. Why aren't you out applying for MENSA, or curing cancer? Put that huge brain to work!
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    I didnt bother reading it but i sitll love you

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