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Song of The Day

"Elvis Ate America" from Passengers

The Passengers album is definitely an acquired taste.  I loathed this track to begin with, but now it's sorta grown on me.  Not necessarily to the point of affection, but it's... peculiar, and kinda catchy.  That's Howie B saying all the "Elvis"es, and I suppose he is what annoys me most.  Sounds like his mouth is full of cotton.  I've never heard Howie before, maybe this is what he actually sounds like, but I don't like it.

It started as a beat poem, written as a preface to an art book full of Evlis Presley and Marilyn Monroe images.  The lyrics are full of pop culture references, and I'm not even sure of all of them.  Mishima, for instance... and even which Jackson (Jesse? Michael? Joe?) remains unknown to our beloved Into The Heart author.  The industrial beat in the background is barely worth mentioning, except that the tambourine work makes me think "Jingle Bells."  I'm obsessed with the holidays, sue me. ;-)


Elvis Ate America

Elvis... white trash
Elvis... the Memphis flash
Elvis... didn't smoke hash
Would've been a sissy without Johnny Cash

Elvis... didn't dodge the draft
Elvis... had his own aircraft
Elvis... having a laugh
On the Lisa Marie in a colour photograph

Elvis... under the hood
Elvis... with Cadillac blood
Elvis... darling bud
Flowered and returned to the Mississippi mud

Elvis... ain't gonna rot
Elvis... in a Memphis plot
Elvis... he didn't hear the shot
And Dr. King died just across the lot from...

Elvis... vanilla ice cream
Elvis... girls of fourteen
Elvis... the Memphis spleen
Shooting TVs reading Corinthian's 13

Elvis... with God on his knees
Elvis... owned three TVs
Here come the killer bees
Head full of honey potato chips and cheese
Elvis... the bumper stickers
Elvis... the white knickers
Elvis... the white nigger
Ate at king burger and just kept getting bigger

Elvis... sang to win
Elvis... the battle hymn
Elvis... the battle to be slim
Elvis ate America before America ate him

Elvis...

Elvis... stamps
Elvis... necromance
Elvis... fans
Elvis... psychophants
Elvis... the public enemy
Elvis... don't mean shit to Chuck D.
Elvis... changed the center of gravity
  Made it slippy

Elvis... Hitler
Elvis... Nixon
Elvis... Christ
Elvis... Mishima
Elvis... Markus
Elvis... Jackson
Elvis... the pelvis
Elvis... the psalmist
Elvis... the genius
Elvis... generous
Elvis... forgive us
Elvis... pray for us
Elvis... Aaron
Elvis... Presley
Elvis

I will upload this song to G-mail.
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