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Signs Lyrics

Artist: Five Man Electrical Band


Signs
The 5 Man Electrical Band
lyrics as recorded by The Five Man Electrical Band in 1971 and included on
the 1990 compilation album "Made In Canada - Volume Three 1965-1974"
(BMG KCD1-7158)

And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"
So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"
Whoa-oh-oh

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassin' would be shot on sight
So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house, "Hey! What gives you
the
right?"
"To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in"
"If God was here he'd tell you to your face, Man, you're some kinda sinner"

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Now, hey you, mister, can't you read?
You've got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat
You can't even watch, no you can't eat
You ain't supposed to be here
The sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside
Ugh!

------ lead guitar ------

And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray"
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn't have a
penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."
Wooo!

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Sign
Sign, sign
Comments/Interpretations
by kyle on 6/15/2008 7:53pm
this is the best song
by rachel on 8/11/2008 8:18pm
luvin it
by Kent on 10/6/2008 12:17pm
I always have luved this song
by Marcel on 3/2/2009 5:41pm
I just wish it were available on iTunes!
by Jessica on 1/27/2010 9:47pm
haha when i was a little toddler i used to rock out to this song in my carseat lol and Brown sugar by the Rolling stones
by bruce on 4/1/2010 5:04pm
best song ever couple yrs ago was walkin into a job interview ,i had hair down to my ass an as i`m walking in this song was just starting, BEST TIMING EVER lmao
by rachael on 4/30/2010 12:18am
who is D.Duncan he is a co-writer but who is he
by Runnig Tree on 10/26/2010 8:15am
I've loved this song for so long I can't even remember! The Five Man Electrical Band has done some fantastic stuff that's for sure. May I also suggest "I'm a Stranger Here" for another fantastic tune to add to your arsenal?
by jane on 4/1/2011 3:22pm
This is on the top of my favorites of all time. Outstanding message. My generation of music. By the way I'm 63
by Seth on 4/21/2011 11:17am
The guy sounds like a psychopath, running around like a chicken with his head cut off going on and on about signs. Like some crazy religious freak.
by PG on 5/14/2011 12:55am
This song blows. It's really stupid, and I've always hated it.

So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house, "Hey! What gives you the right?"

Great lyrics. Oh, wait... I meant retarded.
by George on 10/4/2011 7:54pm
They should change Melbourne Australia to the city of sign how right is this song to the world we live in
by Allie on 2/8/2012 4:31pm
I love this song. I remember how my dad would sing this when I was little. He passed away when I was 12. He always talked to me about things through music, he still does. R.I.P. S.R.H. <3
by Ja'aj on 2/18/2012 12:53pm
GREAT ! song.
by Weez on 2/29/2012 5:37am
Oh David I still hear u singin this RIP my brother see ya again some fine day with no fence lines🐔
by Big Al on 5/8/2012 11:51am
Great song and the words still ring true.
by aintmzbhavin on 5/30/2012 2:17pm
Seth, with your name alone you wouldn't understand the signs of the time.. listen to turn the page hippies were uncool as you young kids say just as bad a blacks and we all know how that ends up...we have a black president..go figure
by lonewolf7@cox.net on 6/23/2012 3:25pm
Ilove this song,not just cause it was from a beautiful time period,but style and meritt!
by Aggie J on 8/22/2012 4:05pm
I walked to Kmart to buy this "45" record when it first came out. Love this song ever since!
by sarah on 9/9/2012 10:31am
Love this song
by heart for all on 9/27/2012 10:01am
We love the song. Are we living it? Do we and our churches have signs that say everyone is welcome? And if so, do we really mean it? I hope so.
by rg on 11/2/2012 8:23am
I was 11 when this song came out. 52 now and this song has stuck with me all these years. The lyrics were a powerful message in the early 70s. There aren't that many songs of which you can make these claims.
Songs can carry such meaningful messages, even songs of today, which are often labeled as trash by my generation. Every generation has their songs that mean a lot to them. I'm glad Signs was in mine.
Note: every message on this list is a "sign."
The song speaks to all with a voice.
by Kidnic on 2/26/2013 8:39pm
PG-If you don't know what you stand for there's no tellin what you'll fall for.
by Patchouli69 on 6/14/2013 11:17pm
Working at a place like amazon.com not a day goes by without thinking about this song.There's a ridiculous number of signs absolutely everywhere.(including bathrooms)I don't know who has the time to read them but these signs are all over the premises and outside...signs signs,everywhere there signs!..what a futuristic song written for today's world. Love it!
by jamieleecurtis on 7/3/2013 12:59am
this song is as relevant and cool today as it was when it came out 40+ years ago * it is the ULTIMATE 1 hit wonder song :)
by Snake on 7/11/2013 7:19am
Those who do not like this song obviously weren't old enough or even alive at the time this was released or they would understand how it relates to the world at that time. Great song, I was 17 in 1971.
by CJ on 9/7/2013 8:40pm
I turned 13 in October of 1971. I had an old tube radio that my uncle and me resurrected after he went to electronics school and he got into radio repair, setting up a bench in our basement. (He is my mom's brother) This song is as relevant today as it was back in 1971. I feel sorry for those who are so ignorant that they hate history and think the past is irrelevant. They know nothing about the truism 'those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it.'
by James Naumann on 9/19/2013 11:17pm
What a lame overly simplistic childish shallow cheap-shot throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater jerk-off stupid song! Those who like it are as childishly insolent as it is. As everyone knows, lots of signs are cool or very cool and important or vital, necessary and/or informative or beautiful &/or artistic, creative, clever, witty and/or funny. What? so we should go back to the stone age? Imagine the chaos and futility there would be without signs.
by James Franklin on 9/19/2013 11:20pm
What a lame overly simplistic childish shallow cheap-shot throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater jerk-off stupid song! Those who like it are as childishly insolent as it is. As everyone knows, lots of signs are cool or very cool and important or vital, necessary and/or informative or beautiful &/or artistic, creative, clever, witty and/or funny.
by Teri "elmntl1" Smith on 10/10/2013 6:45pm
What lame comments from James Naumann and James Franklin. This is an awesome song. Yes it's simplistic, it was done in a simpler time when we weren't drowning in IT and media bull crap. However the sentiment still remains the same, we don't need every square inch on the face of the earth and in the skies to be obliterated by signs.
by doug bernes on 11/8/2013 6:35pm
Right on!


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