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Violent Femmes lyrics

Album: Why Do Birds Sing? [1991]

Tracks13
 01  American Music
 02  Out the Window
 03  Look Like That
 04  Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
 05  Hey Nonny Nonny
 06  Used to Be
 07  Girl Trouble
 08  He Likes Me
 09  Life Is a Scream
 10  Flamingo Baby
 11  Lack of Knowledge
 12  More Money Tonight
 13  I'm Free
all Violent Femmes lyrics



American Music
Do you like amercan music
I like american music
Don't you like american music baby
I want you to hold me
I want your arms around me
I want you to hold me baby
Did you do too many drugs
I did too many drugs
Did you do too many drugs too baby
You were born too late
I was born too soon
But every time I look at that ugly moon
It reminds me of you
It reminds me of you ooh ooh ooh
I need a date to the prom
Would you like to come along
But nobody would go to the prom with me baby
They didn't like american music
They never heard american music
They didn't know the music was in my soul baby
You were born too soon
I was born too late
But every time I look at that ugly lake
It reminds me of me
It reminds me of me
Do you like american music
We like american music
I like american music baby
Do you like american music
We like all kinds of music
But I like american music best
Baby you were born too late
And I was born too late
But every time I look at that ugly lake
It reminds me of me
It reminds me of me
Do you like american music
It reminds me of me
Do you like american music...

Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar electric guitar solo
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, didgeridoo, electric guitar, vocal
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, sleigh bells, tympani, vocal, tambourine
Michael beinhorn: hammond organ
Tom mandell: keyboards
Chorus & claps: carmaig, michael, mike, alex & band

Mixed by eric e.t. thorngren

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Out the Window
Life was fun
Life was great
Til I made my big mistake
Oh no it'll never happen to me
Life was short
And life was sweet
I was thinking as I hit the street
I could hardly beleve
I could scarcely conceive
But I had gone out the window
I had gone out the window
I had gone out the window
She was fine
She looked great
And so we made our big mistake
I swear I swear I swear
It'd never happen to her
But the pavement knocked her head around
When she hit the solid concrete ground
From 30 flights above
And she was thirty something loving nothing
Gone out the window
She had gone out the window
She had gone out the window
Catch me if I'm falling,
Catch me if I'm calling
He was smart he was wise
He'd profoundly philosophize
Empathy for all humanity
'til one day by an open window
There's a note that read
I've gone out the window - I'm dead
He said yes to life for all of his life
But then one day he said no
I gotta go out the window
We all go out the window
Catch me I am falling
Catch me I am calling
Catch me we are falling
Catch me we are calling

Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar vocal
Victor delorenzo:
Brushed snare drum, wood, cowbell, arabic tabla, vocal

Mixed by david vartanian

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Look Like That
I like his shoes I like his hat
I'd like me better if I looked like that
Uh -huh uh-huh
I like her shoes I like her hat
I'd like you better if you looked like that
Uh-huh uh-huh
But then my love starts burning
For what we are yearning to ignore
I like her clothes I love her dress
I'd like her better if she loved me best
I like his shoes I love his pants
I'd want him better if he wanted to dance
Uh-huh uh-huh
But then our love starts turning
For what we are learning to adore
I'm meeting people nice people too
I'm meeting people nice people like you
We're meeting people nice people too
We're meeting people nice people like you


Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, vocal glockenspiel, electric guitar
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, tambourine, vocal

Mixed by david vartanian

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Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
I needed time to realize my crime
It was let me love & steal
I did dances inside my mind
Now how can I be real
Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
No I don t really want to hurt you then
Lovers always asked me:
Why why why why
In my mind my memory's burning
What's your favorite color of your favorite car?
I took a step the step was learning
That that's a step beyond a step too far
Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
No I don't really want to hurt you
I told the truth but it was still a lie
The words are few some are unspoken
I could sleep four thousand years
Man of sorrows
Word unbroken
His sweat like blood came down like tears
I've been talking but believe me
I know that it's true
Now that there's no more
I don't know
I'm in love and love's the reason
I'm not prepared to let you let me go so
If it's love you want
Then take all of me
It's this love I want I can finally see
Do I really want to hurt you?
Do I really want to make you cry?
Yes I suppose I want to hurt you
You told the truth but it was still a lie


Gordon gano: vocal acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: bouzouki, acoustic bass guitar, electric guitar
Victor delorenzo: drum set, tambourine, tranceaphone, vocal
Michael beinhorn: piano, mellotron

Mixed by eric e.t. thorngren

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Hey Nonny Nonny
Beauty sat bathing by a spring where fairest shades did hide her
The winds blew calm the birds did sing the cool streams ran beside her
My wanton thoughts enticed mine eye to see what was forbidden
But better memory said fie so vain desire was chidden
Hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonny
Hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonnie
Into a slumber then I fell when fond imagination
Seemed to see but could not tell her feature or her fashion
But e'vn as babes in dreams do smile and sometimes fall a weeping
So I awaked as wise this while as when I fell a-sleeping
Hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonny
Hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonnie
Say man are you down for doing something positive in the community?
No I don't think I'll ever do that again
Well ain't you worried about doing the right thing?
Well I don't care if I hey nonny nonny nonny ho nonny nonny nonny

Gordon gano: vocal acoustic & electric guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, vocal
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, tambourine, shakers, vocal

Mixed by david vartanian

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Used to Be
I used to be happy
I used to be
Such a loving man
I used to be
That was before
The end of my world
That was before
The end of my world
She used to be happy
She used to be
Such a loving woman
She used to be
That was before
The end of her world
That was before
The end of her world
We used to be happy
We used to be
Such a loving people
We used to be
That was before
The end of our world
That was before
The end of our world

Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic & electric guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar
Victor delorenzo: snare drum, tranceaphone, tambourine, cymbal
Michael beinhorn: harmonium, mellotron, string arrangement
Strings: suzie katayama, ilene novog, larry corbett, sid page
Mixed by eric e.t. thorngren

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Girl Trouble
Have mercy on me
I got girl trouble up the ass
Have mercy on me people
I got girl trouble up the ass
And don't tell me no joke
Cause I'm not gonna laugh
I need the cure
Only one cure in this world
I need the cure
Only one cure in this world
Hey james brown
I need a woman or a girl
Hit me in the morning
Hit me in the night
Hit me when I'm wrong
Hit me when I'm right
Hit me when I'm up
Hit me when I'm down
Hit me hit me hit me hit me
All over town
Girl trouble
I got girl trouble up the ass
And don't tell me
Cause I'm not gonna laugh
I'm not trying to fool you people
I'm not giving you no jive
Make me feel I'd rather be dead than alive
Take a look around
What's shoving up my behind
Problems drive me out of my mind
Girl trouble
I got girl trouble up the ass
And don't tell me no joke
Cause I'm not gonna laugh


Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, vocal
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, tranceaphone, cymbal, vocal

Mixed by david vartanian

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He Likes Me
He likes me
He likes me
Ooh... isn't that nice
He likes me
He likes me
Ooh... isn't that nice
That your brand new friend
He likes your old true friend
And isn't that the way
That it ought to be
That your brand new friend
He has good will to send
And you're so free
You're so free
You're so free
And I am history
He likes you
He says that he loves you
Ooh that's good to know
You like him
I hope you don't love him
And ooh you should know
That your old true friend
He doesn't like your brand new friend
Person to person it's not on purpose
But I take it personally
And soon your brand new friend
I hope I'll have a bon voyage to send
And you're so free
You're so free
You're so free
And I am history
You say you won't pick
And you won't make a choice
But I'm so mad I could spit
And I hear it in your voice
You said he likes me
He likes me
Ooh isn't that swell
He likes me
You said he likes me
Ohhh tell him hell...
O from me
A great big hello from me
Jesus always taught me
That I should love my enemy
Darling my heart's in pain
That's why my song's insane
And you're so free
And I am history
He likes me
But I don't like him


Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, vocal
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, vocal

Mixed by david vartanian

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Life Is a Scream
She said to me oh I don't know what you mean
All I'm trying to do is
Trying to make your scene
I said to her no way baby life ain't what it seem
Well don't you know baby that life is a scream - aagh
She came up to me in her high fashion and sheen
Well don't you know that she was trying to come clean
I said to her no way baby life ain't what it seem
Well don't you know baby that life's a scream - aagh
She said to me oh I love it when you're mean
Don't you know it's boring when it's quiet and serene
I said to her no way baby life ain't what it seem
Got to get it through your head that life is a scream - aaheeii!


Gordon gano: vocal, electric guitar
Brian ritchie: vocal 8- string slide wah wah bass
Victor delorenzo: drum set

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Flamingo Baby
You're a flamingo
You stand on one leg
You're a flamingo baby
You hatched from an egg
Well you hold your foot up
So delicately over the sea
And when it comes down
It comes down on me
Well it used to want to hump you
I used to want to rock and roll
I was attracted to your gracefulness
But your surprise sure took it's toll
Now I guess I'd better go out now
Gonna try to find something new
And all I'm left with is this craving
For some flamingo stew
Now the beauty's in the gutter
The loveliness is off her throne
In the eyes of the beholder it's gone
And now he feels kind of alone
But this feeling it's the kind that will shortly pass
I'm gonna find myself another bird
And roll on down the grass

Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar, slide solo
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, ukelele
Victor delorenzo: conga drum

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Lack of Knowledge
I'm not doing something I'm supposed to do
I'm doing something I'm not supposed to
I don't know about that
I don't know about that
I don't know nothing bout nothing like that
Destroyed my people are
Destroyed my people are
Destroyed for lack of knowledge
I wonder if I'm happy
Wonder if I'm mad
I wonder why the whole wide world is so wonderfully sad
I don't know bout that but I can tell you this
That when I drink a lot of beer y'know I gotta piss... off
People should be pissed off
People should be pissed off
For lack of knowledge
Read read read read read read read everything you can read and
Learn learn learn learn learn learn learn everything you can learn
Cause there is no tomorrow like today
And there is no today like tomorrow
And they will stick you and they will stick you in the end


Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic & electric bass guitar, vocal
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, tom-tom, cymbal, tambourine,
Fire extinguisher, vocal

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More Money Tonight
I always felt that I was different
I always thought that that was good
I always thought that I was different
I always felt that that was good
Sometimes in school people pick on me
In the gym locker room or in the hallway
Cruel things people do and say
Wait a minute wait a minute
I'll make more money tonight than you ever dreamed of
You thought I was strange well just look at me now
If you are lucky I'll play in your city
And you can come see me if you got the...
Somebody stole all my clothes that I like to wear
But I'm so rich and famous baby what do I care
Wait a minute wait a minute
If you got the money
If you got the money
If you got the money
If you got the money

Gordon gano: vocal, guitar
Brian ritchie: electric bass guitar, vocal
Victor delorenzo: drum set, vocal

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I'm Free
I'm free and I'm happy
I am free from your hatred
I've parted from the part
That I participated in
So I'm free it was easy
I know nothing of your hatred
I've known and shone the light
And the darkness abated
So I'm free
Run skip jump play
My little boy is happy
Look he's smiling because
He knows no fear... hear...
My mommy's calling me
And I'm running thru the fields
Because I'm free...
Every day in every way
I'm getting better and better and better
And better and better and better, etc
Because there's no fear... here why
I can't tell you now cause
I'm runnin through the woods
And I just jumped a little bit higher...
Cause I'm free
And that's the way he created me to be
I have turned from your hatred
I turned on the light
And there was nothing there that waited to get me
This ain't a song about that this is a song about this


Gordon gano: vocal, acoustic guitar
Brian ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, banjo, electric guitar, jaw harp
Victor delorenzo: brushed snare drum, tranceaphone, vocal, drum set
Michael beinhorn: piano

Mixed by david vartanian

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