"Sunday Papers" as written by and Joe Jackson....
Mother doesn't go out anymore
Just sits at home and rolls her spastic eyes
But every weekend through the door
Come words of wisdom from the world outside

If you want to know 'bout the bishop and the actress
If you want to know how to be a star
If you want to know 'bout the stains on the mattress
You can read it in the Sunday papers
Sunday papers

Mother's wheelchair stays out in the hall
Why should she go out when the TV's on?
Whatever moves beyond these walls
She'll know the facts when Sunday comes along
If you want to know 'bout the mad punk rockers*
If you want to know how to play guitar
If you want to know 'bout any other suckers
You can read it in the Sunday papers
Read it in the Sunday papers

Sunday papers, don't ask no questions
Sunday papers, don't get no lies
Sunday papers, don't raise objections
Sunday papers, ain't got no eyes

Brother's headin' that way now, I guess
He just read somethin', made his face turn blue
Well I got nothin' 'gainst the press
They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true
If you want to know 'bout the gay politician (oh yeah!)
If you want to know how to drive your car
If you want to know 'bout the new sex position

You can read it in the Sunday papers
Read it in the Sunday papers
Sunday papers, don't ask no questions
Sunday papers, don't get no lies
Sunday papers, don't raise objections
Sunday papers, ain't got no eyes
Sunday papers, don't ask no questions
Sunday papers, don't get no lies
Sunday papers, don't raise objections
Sunday papers, ain't got no eyes
Read all about it, Sunday papers

Get your Sunday paper, get your Sunday paper, get your


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"Sunday Papers" as written by David Ian Jackson

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    General Comment*in the lyric book that came with the cd, this line says "if you wanna know about the man gone bonkers." but it is my belief that this is what he's saying on the recording.
    agnamaracson May 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell I don't know about that Kfe2, I've listened to my version and it clearly says "mad punk rockers". Dunno if we have different versions or if one or more of us need ear surgery..
    Bratton July 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is kickin'.
    anna118kon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdude are you serious he does say man gone bonkers not punk rockers are u on crack get your ears checked
    kfe2on December 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti've never been able to figure it out, but does he say "new sex position" or "news exposition"?
    sonofabobon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that line was mad mother f-ckers. It sounds distorted on my version as if it's censored. Either way an awesome song that continues to ring true as a sarcastic view of media. How we love it and how we love to be suckered by it. Ultimately anti-news for the blind .."ain't got no eyes" The main line of the song "sunday papers" is pretty much a bygone era. people loved the sunday paper. now news is online, or on television. it's still "don't tell no lies". ha!
    948u40on February 14, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the line was "mad punk f***ers, which is also a better rhyme for "suckers,". I was hoping to find an answer here, but there is no consensus, so I tried something else -- I went to youtube and found a video of Joe singing it live (youtube.com/…). In that version, it definitely sounds like "mad punk rockers." There's also a closeup of his face at that point in the song, and the movement of his lips also corresponds to those lyrics.

    Of course, he could have changed it for the audience, but I'm going with "mad punk rockers."
    MarkFLon June 01, 2015   Link

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