Following are four lines from “Go to Sleep,” song 5 on Hail to the Thief:
We don’t really want a monster taking over
Tiptoe around tie him down
We don’t want the loonies taking over
Tiptoe around tie ’em down
These lyrics indirectly reference Part One of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, wherein the protagonist, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, visits and is imprisoned in the country of Lilliput. After a shipwreck, Gulliver washes up on the shore of Lilliput and falls asleep. While he is sleeping, the inhabitants, who are “not six inches high,” tie him down.