Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Scarecrow People


I'm busy as a Dominoes on Superbowl Sunday, as a radio station switchboard when the DJ says, "Front Row Tickets to see Coldplay call now!," as a hooker at a televangelist convention, so I thought I'd share this graphic I got yesterday from a friend.

[Update: 11:42 EDT 25-Oct. 2005:
After posting I realized that in my haste I had missed a golden opportunity to share the lyrics from one of my all-time favorite XTC Songs. From their most excellent album, "Oranges and Lemons." ]

Scarecrow People
by Andy Partridge

Hope you enjoyed your flight,
In one of our new straw aeroplanes,
You’ll find things here are just like what you’re used to.
There’s lots of waste and razor wire,
And no one gives a damn about the land,
We just stand around and stare like you folks do.

For we ain’t got no brains,
And we ain’t got no hearts,
It’s just that wild old wind that tears us all apart.
We’re the scarecrow people,
Have we got lots in common with you.
And if you don’t start living well,
You’re all gonna wind up scarecrow people too.

Hope you enjoyed your meal,
It’s only gas and chemicals,
We thought that you’d prefer something not nature made.
Now while you’re here can you advise us,
On a war we’d like to start,
Against some scarecrows over there, a different shade?

For we ain’t got no brains,
And we ain’t got no hearts,
It’s just that wild old wind that tears us all apart.
We’re the scarecrow people,
Have we got lots in common with you.
And if you don’t start living well,
You’re all gonna wind up scarecrow people too.

We don’t have no tears here,
No one hopes or cares or fears here,
For the old, the sick, the poor and them what taint you.
We thought we’d base our civilization upon yours,
’cause you’re the smartest animals on earth, now ain’t you?

We don’t have no love here,
There’s no need to rise above here,
No one wants to write a book or try to paint thee.
We thought we’d base our civilization upon yours,
’cause we’re all dead from our necks up, now ain’t we?

And we ain’t got no brains,
And we ain’t got no hearts,
It’s just that wild old wind that tears us all apart.
We’re the scarecrow people,
Have we got lots in common with you.
And if you don’t start living well,
You’re all gonna wind up scarecrow people too.

And I ain’t got no brains,
And I ain’t got no heart,
It’s just them other humans tear my soul apart.
I’m a scarecrow person,
Have I got quite some message for you.
For if we don’t start learning well,
We’re all gonna wind up scarecrow people too!

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Pepper said...

Does that make Scott McClellan Toto? Because he's supposed to be the cuddly one who sniffs out the media trouble.

2:43 PM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

Really? I thought it was because he's their attack dog...


lysdbo (and the appropriate word verifications just keep on comin'...)

4:39 PM  
Blogger Bobby Lightfoot said...

OF COURSE the wizard is.......................Karl Rove. Of course. And Delay is th' WWW post-melt.

zxiadbjl

6:41 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Love the graphic, V. That your patch job? That Dorothy really is clueless. But hey! At least she's not shoeless!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

Good one, Al. And ya gotta love the XTC. They've had our number at least since the Reagan years.

7:06 AM  
Blogger The Viscount LaCarte said...

That your patch job?

Nope. It arrived in my inbox uncredited.

And ya gotta love the XTC. They've had our number at least since the Reagan years. >

Yeah, and England's as well.

8:43 AM  

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