Best Lyrics of the Week #13

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8. Aug. 2010, 21:52

The Sisters of Mercy - Doctor Jeep (Vision Thing, 1990)



George Bush Sr, Ronald Reagan, Cal Worthington, Dwight Eisenhower, Gordon Gekko, generic Wall Street greed, Hezbollah, Pee Wee Herman, I Love Lucy, AOR madness, drug and arms smugglers, Viet Cong, mob trials and old friends to sell, little accidents...

...and what not!

Intertextuality has rarely been used so ambiguously--yet so brilliantly. Writing a line like "I hate government, I hate war" is easy, and it actually has been used a thousand times by newbie heavy bands; but what makes one a legend is to combine all the references above--and much more--in a composition like this. Hats off to Andrew Eldritch:



Everybody shouts on I Love Lucy
Pee Wee reads the evening news
A pre-owned song or a second-hand Uzi
Everybody got a job to lose
Here come the golden oldies
Here come the Hizbollah
Businessmen from South Miami
Humming AOR

Meanwhile...

I like Cal and his dog Napalm
I like Ike and his itty-bitty A-bomb
Everybody got one, I want mine
You can order it up on Channel Nine

Meanwhile, in the Sheraton,
Doctor Jeep plays on and on and on

There was a time but it's long gone
Janie got a crush on the Viet Cong
Burning through downtown Saigon
Me, I'm sold - down the Mekong

Meanwhile, in the Sheraton,
Doctor Jeep plays on and on and on

Guns and cars and accidents
The threatened witness my defence
You can sell one another for fifteen cents
Well bye-bye mother, it's common sense

Meanwhile, in the Sheraton,
Doctor Jeep plays on and on and on

Everybody shouts on I Love Lucy
Pee Wee reads the evening news
A pre-owned song or a second-hand Uzi
Everybody got a job to lose
Here come the golden oldies
Here come the Hizbollah
Businessmen from South Miami
Humming AOR

Meanwhile,
Doctor Jeep plays on and on and on

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