Oh who said life was easy
who said life was fair
who said nobody gives a damn and nobody even cares
The way you’re acting now like you left that all behind
You've given up, you've given in
Another sucker of that slime

My intuition is that the word "damn" here has to do with "condemn" or "criticizing".

I have drawn a blank trying to define what the expression "sucker of slime" means here.

Complete lyrics here.

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    Sucker of slime: Ms. McDonald characterizes the Poison Prince, the artist who has abandoned his art to live in drugs and his emotional problems, as a 'bottom feeder' a fish that roots for its food in the slime at the bottom of a river. Commented May 12, 2014 at 0:53

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Someone who "doesn't give a damn" doesn't care at all about something. I believe it comes from the use of the word "damn" as a mild swearword; someone who isn't even bothered enough by something (usually something generally considered important) to express their concern with even a mild swearword "doesn't give (utter) a damn".

"Sucker of that slime" is not a common English idiom, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'll cede to StoneyB's comment about its actual meaning.


According to princeton wordnet "to give a damn" means

show no concern or interest; and always used in the negative.

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    Technically, it would mean "show concern or interest" if it weren't used in the negative.
    – dan04
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 18:53
  • Well, there said it always used in the negative. I never seen a positive form.
    – Mehraban
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 19:02
  • I think I have, but only in humorous contexts that also use words like "gruntled" and "sheveled".
    – dan04
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 19:05
  • Why should I give a damn?
    – Alan Third
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 20:50
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    @AlanThird: I'd tell you if I gave a damn. Commented May 12, 2014 at 2:48

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