"Of Course" as written by and Lou Reed....
Of course this land is dangerous!
All of the animals
Are capably murderous.

When I was a boy,
My big brother held on to my hands,
Then he made me slap my own face.
I looked up to him then, and still do.
He was trying to teach me something.
Now I know what it was!
Now I know what he meant!
Now I know how it is!

One must eat the other
Who runs free before him.
Put them right into his mouth
While fantasizing the beauty of his movements.
A sensation not unlike
Slapping yourself in the face...
Slapping yourself in the face...
Slapping yourself in the face...



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"Of Course" as written by Perry Farrell Eric Adam Avery

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    General CommentI love this song, even though, I'm not exactly sure what it means.
    my best estimation, is that Perry is talking about having to destroy something you love, in order to survive.
    quiffpornon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSuch a comical song it is though. The beat is almost ludacris in it's oriental air, makes you wanna rock from side to side like a guy on weed.
    moe2000on May 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know what you mean about the beat having a kind of oriental feel, it also reminds me of the kind of music you hear on a ferris wheel.

    I think it is funny how true this song is, if you want to make it in life, you have to trample over other people to get to the top, I guess that is what Perry's brother was trying to teach him.
    quiffpornon November 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI was listening to Radiohead's Knives Out recently and something about that song reminded me of this one. Both are incredible songs that cut right to the bone of the Darwinian existential existence that is life on earth. Here's the Radiohead lyric that reminded me of course:

    So knives out
    Catch the mouse
    Don't look down, shove it
    In your mouth

    Both of these songs explore the irony of loving life yet having to consume life in order to sustain it. This happens literally when we eat and figuratively when we do what we do in order to get money to eat.
    angryroboton June 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about morality. society (big brother) teaches us a moral code and to dislike ourselves when we breach it (slapping ourselves in the face). i think the line 'eat the other who runs free beore him' is about punishing other people who breach the moral code (or maybe propriety is a better word than morality). and 'while fantisising....' is about romanticising our actions -we usually consider morality/propriety to be valuable, but maybe Perry's implying that to be free is really more valuable. this makes sense to me in terms of Perry's drug use -maybe, like the third song on this album, he's being scornful of people who consider drugs immoral and themselves more holy than junkies, when really maybe the junkies freedom is more valuable. the first line of the song i think refers to why we need a moral code -to protect ourselves, so overall i think this song is pointing out how our morality isnt really the high and valuable thing we often treat it as
    palmson March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentla la ,la la, lalala, la la ...that is my favorite part!!! this song is awesome, and all of your interpretations are right on
    Thandiwandion June 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnow i know what it was, now i know what he meant..... WHAT?! what does it mean?
    justlingon December 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPerry Farrell is a vegetarian and PETA supporter. Does this help?
    hulxteron August 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like he was thinking about the nature of the food chain and it reminded him of when his older brother grabbed his arm and made him slap himself in the face. It's an amusing way of looking at that process in general.
    Entactogenon April 16, 2012   Link
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    Song Meaningdear all,

    meaning of this song: whenever we hurt somebody we're also hurting ourselves.

    you can extrapolate that to the society in general (and the first few lines of the song reference to that) and to the financial system:
    - each individual death caused is a self-slap in the face to the whole of human race, especially when it's allowed by it (e.g. war) / profiting from those less fortunate is excusable under the guise of 'economy' but the few who do so are only 'slapping themselves in the face' as the race they're a part of is suffering in the majority. Unfortunately when you use/hurt others for your own benefit you cannot see you're doing it, really, to your own detriment and can only fantasize about the 'beautiful life' dream that you'll never achieve, always running around in a small vicious circle..
    anothertrainon July 27, 2013   Link

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