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Iggy Pop lyrics

Album: Zombie Birdhouse [1982]

Tracks13
 01  Run Like a Villain
 02  The Villagers
 03  Angry Hills
 04  Life of Work
 05  The Ballad of Cookie Mcbride
 06  Ordinary Bummer
 07  Eat or Be Eaten
 08  Bulldozer
 09  Platonic
 10  The Horse Song
 11  Watching the News
 12  Street Crazies
 13 Pain and Suffering
all Iggy Pop lyrics



Run Like a Villain
Pop/du prey

Big dick is a thumbs-up guy
He shot a missile in the sky
It functioned just as advertised
Until the fire made him cry
Look into it later
When the dust is clearing off the crater
Run like a villain let the good times roll
Run like a villain to the sugar bowl
Run like a villain cause you can't adjust
To a saccharine suburb in the mush
I've got some loving arms around me
Darker than the tombs of egypt,
Dumber than the crudest fiction,
Buried in a melting coffin
Nights like this appeal to me!
Tracy got an afghan, pedigreed,
Prescription shades and designer jeans
A sony walkman on her head
All she wants is to be fed
Run, run, run, cause you're soft
Run, run, but don't get lost
The shining moon the dead oak tree
Nights like this appeal to me
I've got some loving arms around me
The shining moon the dead oak tree
Nights like this appeal to me
I've got some loving arms around me
Trying to steal a moment of pleasantry
In this zzzzzombieee birdhouse
Run, run, run run like a villain
Let the good times roll
Run like a villain to save your soul
It can't be done I already know
So I'll run like a villain to the sugar bowl
Cause who you are nobody knows
Who you are nobody knows
You rings on your fingers
And bells on your toesback to top
The Villagers
Pop/du prey

The villagers are out tonight
Uptight and bored
They're pushing you
Underground
On wintry days they stand and gaze
Outlines in black and ignorant
Villagers
Dark shadows house a sleepy malice
In the backbrain
Of every body you meet
Man is the village animal
United by the glue
Of our loathsome qualities
We are sneaking peeping toms
In revolt against each other
The villagers are most insane
They live to die anonymous
And muted to... villagers
In revolt against the other
But not against the rules
So in the space age the village idiot rules
On tv for all to see while some good men
Walk the streets
Unh unh unh unh unh
The villagersssssss arghhh
You can't get lost you can't get lost
In the village of space you can't get lostback to top
Angry Hills
heaven it shines in the dawn's early light
in a movement out in the brush
far out!
watering graves of the people who read in the book
of forbidden content
tragedy!

in a gentle way hear the angry hills
in a gentle way hear them laughing

imagination under attack for the
pictures I can't even think
i don't even know them

in a gentle way hear the angry hills
in a gentle way hear them laughing
in a gentle way
in a gentle way hear the angry hills
in a gentle way i am laughing
yes i am laughing
i am laughing
yes i am laughingback to top
Life of Work
riding in the saddle
henchmen at your side
holy macaroni
hose you on your back
and the bystanders just stand there
like _____ on a shelf
in the world of work your rivals
that you have yet to meet

and quite a bunch they are
in the morning sun
with blinking eyes
the worthless stands
in readiness
for transport to
the battleground
there's dirty work
ahead of them

and quite a bunch they are
what do you do with a life of work?
what do you do with a life of work?
what do you do with a life of work?
face it in the morning
face it in the morning

and the parting of the ways
and the interrupted mirth
and the shock that has to come
because of what you want
compared to what you've got

meet it squarely
and it only hurts
when it hurts

life of work
early in the morningback to top
The Ballad of Cookie Mcbride
well gather round people
and listen to this
i am a hermit of burial ridge
once i was shaven and worked every day
but the call of the wild just lured me away

singing hi hi ho it's a water a day
on my way to an unmarked grave
hi hi ho it's a water a day
on my way to an unmarked grave

there's pals at my table and mud on the floor
there's bears in the area and wolves at the door
their singing a song about cookie mcbride
who goes out a-trapping and then tails their hide

hi hi hey it's a water a day
on my way to an unhappy grave
hi hi hey it's a water a day
on my way to a rain filled grave

so if you're planning a natural trip
don't call up snooping on burial ridge
the searchers will come and discover your hide
high, wet and hanging like cookie mcbride

hi hi hey it's a water a day
on your way to an unhappy grave
hi hi hey it's a water a day
who will remember the money you saved?

i'm in over your head
you're in over your headback to top
Ordinary Bummer
lovely games of yesterday
have left me with my soul today
felicity flies out the door
when people lose their warmth

that's a very ordinary bummer
i'll hold out for summer days
stand and laugh and run
in a quiet movie of mine

i saw a girl with eyes like fire
i had to look away
she was swearing like a sailor
and demanding her own way

that was when i knew i had to love her
i opened up my sad old eyes
and let the feelings run
with a quiet beauty of mine

maybe sometimes we do bad things
and then other times we do good
and sometimes from something very bad
comes something very good
in a quiet year of mineback to top
Eat or Be Eaten
Pop/du prey

I got nothin to eat in this old house
I gotta go out and catch a mouse
I can't be wrong so I gotta be right
It's eat or be eaten
Something's hungry like a hunter
And it's probing like a fingerrr
As the drumbeat keeps things hurrying
That's the part that's so appealing
It's the beat that dominates
Each breath you draw
Each step you take
Strike or be stncken
Eat or be eaten yum yum yum yum
Eat or be eaten
Your skills are highly specialized
But still that giri can magnetize
You sense the hunger in her eyes
It's beat or be beaten
There's no softness in her eyes
A weird dull glint is in her eyes
With a stubborn will to tantalize
Like some cheap devil in disguise
And it's troubling me
Hell it's nervy that's what it is
Eat or be eaten
Beat or be beaten
Strike or be stricken
The night is dark the night is pulp
Tilt back your head and take a gul
Of air that's screamed a thousand times
The main thing is to victimize
It's just the night for a conquenng tribe
Oh, it's just the night for a conquering tribe
Eat or be eaten
Beat or be beaten
Faster than the arrow flies
Or the man who smiles while he lies
It's just the night for a conquering tribe
And the girls are calling in a yellow dress
That girl is calling in a yellow dress
She says eat eat eat here boys
Eat eat eat here boys
And then a bop a doo ba doop ba abop
A dooba ba bop bohma bop a doo bop bohm
A doopee dee a dop adoop
A bum bayo bayum bohmbayumbohm ooooohh..back to top
Bulldozer
bulldozer
like a giant clam
run that girl over
get that poseur
rolldozer
bulldozer
ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha
son of a dog
general dozer
bulldozer
get that poseur
rid that poseur
ha ha ha ha
bulldozerback to top
Platonic
strategic angles indirectly revealed
uniting human form and manufactured heels
go buy in a hurry, buying your chance
you give your best by loving a classic

immoderation seems to suit her best
but then i turn around and she's very delicate
go buy in a hurry, get all you can
give her your best ___________

time has no pull on her soul
when she is here i'm her doorman
I'm __________

oh the coronation when she walks by
even if it's private makes you end your mind
buy in a hurry, go get all you can
you give your best for loving a classic
for loving a classic
for loving a classicback to top
The Horse Song
i never saw you before
i never sound strained before
now i'm at your door
and i hope you're unusual
very unusual
now i'm at your door

and when you nicely ask me in
i'm staring at your shoes
and i don't wonder why
i feel like a horse

we can stray out on the open range
missing me every day with its hidden claws
spring snow

and when you brush me
brush me with your eyes
i think you've noticed that
i don't want to be a bad guy anymore

i never saw you before
but you're unusual
and now i'm at your door
i feel safe and warm

i feel
i feel
i feel
i feel

like a horse

ha ha ha ha
what's this?back to top
Watching the News
bzz bzz bzz bzz
watching the news
the plot you already know
don't have anything
they don't belong to anywhere
imagining things to be perfectly white
who are these people?
they don't belong
where's the u.s. navy?
i like the action
money money
food here
woman woman
fight here
approval approval
frown frown
approval
my daughter's not some damn hamburger chainsaw
in a parking lot
she trips
quick quick
won't somebody help me?
she carries that television on her back
as i watch the news
that's the russians
carry the television
money money
carry the television
food here
fuck here
fuck here
fight here
get out
approval
you don't count
the president today announced that he's pushing all the buttons in a giggling fit
ha ha ha ha
you already know
makes you feel good
makes you feel so good
i want to be on
i want to be on
so good crying
i want to be on
the news
i want to be known
i want to be known
i want to be on
i want to be known
come on everybody knows that everybody's watching the news
watching? watching?
it's something about crime, crime, crime
i like to watch
but i like to
what do you want?
what do you want?
what do you want?
legs rush, legs rush, legs rush, legs
scary, scary, damn scary

come all ye faithful ye joyful triumphantback to top
Street Crazies
(chorus)
i am hungry
i am hungry
give me something
i am hungry
feed me
give me something
street crazy

(Repeat chorus with a cacophany of insane, incoherent sounds, including growling, humming and coughing)

i am nobody, i am nobody, i am nobody

(Repeat chorus in a cacophany of insane, incoherent sounds, including growling, humming and coughing)

yes, they're cropping up now with alarming frequency
these little group eyes
wasted people standing around
those who've been kicked ass backwards
hard out of our society
as we try for the better,
for the higher in man
they may as well be apes, you know
trying to comprehend the way of death

(Repeat chorus in a cacophany of insane, incoherent sounds, including growling, humming and coughing)

shovel it up the street, shovel it up the street, shovel it up the street

and it gets me down
and it gets me down
this is the vision i see
street crazyback to top
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