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​Hercules

This song is by Watsky and appears on the album Guilty Pleasures (2009).

I know I'm just as strong as Hercules

Because it's wired in my circuitry

And if I'm just as strong as Hercules

You'll see I'm just as strong as Hercules

In 1638 they came from Sweden,

Ship shape settlers late looking for Eden,

The Delaware tribe wasn't really keen on leaving

So they "bought 'em out" or slaughtered them quick and got to breeding

1659 they built a fortress

Stationed soldiers, and gave them horses

But now their forces were losing their resources

Moving in the living quick as moving out the corpses

Started changing courses, when we got the Quakers

And they been running town since Cromwell met his maker

They didn't take pay cut, Quakers got their cake up

The paper came triangulating, trading with Jamaica

Now in the 1700s they took care of biz

Built the families through some noble marriages

Still in WIlmington, doing what their parents did

Living up on 7th street in Mansions they inherited

1800 and in step the du Ponts

Irenee du Pont was fleeing the war in France

He made the jaunt cause apparently murder rate

Was higher for gentle people spitting on the third estate

He started working late, he had grand design

And when we cut a couple fingers off the hands of time

The Du Ponts were running under Delaware like panty lines

They built a mill for small explosives on the Brandywine

But gun powder's just as temperamental

As the rich kids with CEO potential

It's essential to compete for our emergencies

Which brings me to a company called Hercules

I hope I'm just as strong as Hercules

I hope I'm just as strong as Hercules

But when it comes to stacking currencies

I'd like to be as strong as Hercules

Hercules Gunpowder started kind of small

Du Pont had it all, were sparkling wall to wall

They were ballin in the fall of 1899

When T.C. Dupont crawled up the Brandywine

Now Thomas Coleman, started as a coal man

In the mines in Kentucky with his old man

Joined whole fam, and flipping the strip tease

Went from fig leaves all the way to big cheese

Never got on his knees for the love it won him

From couple of brothers, Lewis and Russell Dunham

They were running shit with Coleman's muscle

Lewis wasn't clueless

But Russell's on his hustle

Now brother Lou, was Coleman's true blue man

T.C. would Idea and Lou drew plans

Dupont had seventy percent of GDP

When it came to gun powder and TNT

They bought even bought Hercules

"Scandilous!"

Said the government, so brought on anti-trust

Litigation, and they split business up in three

Into Atlas and Dupont, and Hercules

But certainly they were busting heads

Put in work at Hercules, then made Russell prez

In 1912 up the road from Dover

My great great grandfather Russ took over

I know I'm just just as strong as Hercules

I know I'm just just as strong as Hercules

Because It's written in my history

I know I'm just as strong as Hercules

Russell Dunham, we said Daddy D

Or sugar Daddy D to half the family

Ran Hercules as an affable property

Slap on the wrist from capitalist democracy

And so between TC and Papa D

A bit improperly they adopt a monopoly

And instead of dotting the I's and often crossing the T's

They take a walk in the trees, and talk and pocket the cheese

And when Russell dropped to his knees, his heirs cashed out

Every generation after the shares passed down

(So where's that now?) Split between six ladies

And my mother had the stocks till the 1980's

(If Stonewall pays my phone calls

If San Juan fills my scantron

If every molten shower out in Okinawa fueled by smoking powder

Pays my broken power send my folks the flowers)

If it's irrelevant to my intelligence

Gimme a shotgun, I'm dropping these pink elephants

I'll take a tranquilizer shot and sell the sedatives

Out in delaware well aware the fella lives

(And what if Iwo Jima)

All the skeletons in my closet are dead relatives

(And if the Fall of Saigon)

And then I grow up to be another screw up

(And if the Tet Offensive)

But if I blow up

It'll be 'cause they blew up

My mother loves me more than Hercules

My parents work harder than Hercules

But if I think of this as burglary

I know I'm stronger cause of Hercules