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Pay the Man
Americana album cover
First Released Americana
Recorded Eldorado Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Length 10:21
Singer/Guitarist Dexter Holland
Guitarist Noodles
Bassist Greg K.
Drummer Ron Welty
Produced by Dave Jerden

"Pay the Man" is the thirteenth and last track on The Offspring's 1998 fifth album, Americana. Clocking in at approximately 8:08, "Pay the Man" is their longest track to date, if not including the hidden track, which is a mariachi reprise of "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" (also taken from Americana).

The Song was actually recorded during the making of Ixnay on the Hombre, but was left out because it sounded too different from anything else the band had currently made.

Lyrics

See the way the wind blows
Lives are intertwined
Watch the way the world goes
The man deals out our plight

Jester in the corner
Laughs without a sound
Jester in the corner
Malady abounds

In our souls
In our souls
In our souls

See the way the sun sets
Twilight of this life
The man is making little bets
Playing with our lives

All that I believe now
Anything is possible
A simple explanation
For the evil in this world

And in our souls
In our souls
In our souls
In our souls

Oooh oooh, no

Come down to sorry and sable
It's always the man
He's always keeping you down
Bow down 'cause I see it before me
Shadow and light
That always keeps you running

Oooh, shut up, you talk too much
Oooh, pay the man now, yeah
Oooh, shut up, you talk too much
Oooh, pay now, pay now, now, now

Look at you and your struggle for freedom
But you ain't nothing
We all pay the man for living
Wouldn't it be nice for a change now
To be unchained
My life is for me now

But this is life
This is life
This is life
This is life

Pay the man now
Pay the man now
Pay the man now
He's the man, now

Oooh, shut up, you talk too much
Oooh, pay the man now, yeah
Oooh, shut up, you talk too much
Oooh

Oooh oooh, no

Whoa
Whoa
Whoa (now, now)
Whoa (now)

Oooh, shut up, you talk too much
Oooh, pay the man now, yeah

My life is for me, oh, oh, oh

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