“Keep A Lid On Things”… my sloppy analysis

I just found this in my drafts, fully completed. I’m not sure why I didn’t publish it. It could be that I found another analysis and decided mine was wrong. But too bad, I’m publishing it anyway…

Well now I feel like I have to make this post, after lightly delving into it in I love your goo… https://glitzygrrl.com/2021/04/28/i-love-your-goo/

LYRIC BREAKDOWN:

Who put the doggy in the doghouse?
(You did, baby; you did) I feel like this is a simple line, to take at face-value. We put our dogs in doghouses instead of keeping them in our homes.

Who put your granny in the granny house?
(You did, baby; you did, baby) We put our elderly in nursing homes.


Who put the bad in the madhouse?
(You did, baby; you did) We put those presumed mentally ill in institutions.


Who put that junk in the junk house?
(You did, baby; you did, baby) I think this is a statement on drug abuse and how we treat addicts. Instead of offering treatment for addiction, we banish the addicts from society and they are living in crack houses.

Keep your eye on things while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things
Don’t you try everything while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things I honestly don’t know how the chorus pertains to the previous verse!

Who put the fun in the fun house?
(You did, baby; you did) I think this is a filler verse, but I really don’t know.


Who put your dad in the half house?
(You did, baby; you did, baby) I think this is referring to a halfway house.


Who put the boys in the clubhouse?
(You did, baby; you did) I think this is a statement about the misogyny of boys’ clubs and basically anything that we use in society to exclude girls, like clubhouses, boy scouts, sports, smoke parlors, board rooms, historically women were kept out of all these places and girls learned this from a young age.


Who put the cat in the cat house?
(You did, baby; you did, baby) Prostitutes in brothels.

Keep your eye on things while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things
Don’t you try everything while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things
Keep your eye on thingsAgain, I can’t figure out who he’s talking to or what he’s trying to say in the chorus. “Don’t get into trouble” is all I can conclude.

Who dug the hole in the outhouse?
(You did, baby; you did) Okay, so at first I thought this was another silly verse, but I’m wondering now if this is saying that the powers that be are too good to dig their own holes to shit in, so they make other people do it.


Who put Whitey in the White House?
(You did, baby; you did, baby) This is our first clue that Brad is most definitely talking to Americans. At that point, in 1998, there was nothing but white men in the White House.

Keep an eye on things while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things
Don’t you try everything while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things
Keep an eye on things while I’m gone
Keep a lid on things

I think this song definitely has a message. I’m sorry that when I first heard the first couple of lines that I thought it was utter nonsense. It’s making a statement about American culture and how racism and misogyny have played a major part in building our society. This is just another example that shows that Brad Roberts has always been ahead of his time. He’s talking to Americans, saying you are responsible for your problems and you continue to hold onto these traditions and bad habits that aren’t helping you. That’s my opinion, anyway.

This was fun. I think I’ll do more of these. Let me know what you think. Am I totally off- base or did I get some of it right?

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