"Zombie Zoo" as written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne....
All down the street they're standin' in line
With white lipstick and one thing on their minds
Hey little freak with the lunch pail purse
Underneath the paint you're just a little girl

Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo,
Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
Painted in a corner and all you wanna do
Is dance down at the Zombie Zoo

Cute little dropout, how come you pack a rod
Is your mother in a clinic? Has your father got no job?
Sometimes you're so impulsive, you shaved off all your hair
You look like Boris Karloff and you don't even care

You're dancin' at the Zombie Zoo,
Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
Painted in a corner and all you wanna do
Is dance down at the Zombie Zoo

She disappears at sunrise,
I wonder where she goes until the night
Comes fallin' down again
You show up with your friends, half-alive

Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo,
Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo

Well, you can make a big impression or go through life unseen
You might wind up restricted and over seventeen
It's so hard to be careful, so easy to be led
Somewhere beyond the pavement
You'll find the living dead.

Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo,
Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
Painted in a corner and all she wants to do
Is dance down at the Zombie Zoo

She disappears at sunrise,
I don't know where she goes until the night
Comes fallin' down again
She shows up with her friends, half-alive

Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo,
Dancin' at the Zombie Zoo
Painted in a corner and all you wanna do
Is dance down at the Zombie Zoo
Yeah dance down at the Zombie Zoo
Yeah get down at the Zombie Zoo


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"Zombie Zoo" as written by Jeff Lynne Tom Petty

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  • +2
    General CommentI thought it was about a girl who dresses weird because it is part of a sub-culture that Tom Petty was making fun of (like early emo in the eighties).
    KillViacomon July 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNo Its Not about a hooker ,nor is it about a Stripper( but if u didnt know about it,then its easy to see why u could have thought it) ZOMBIE ZOO was actualy one of the very very first Underground Death Rock Clubs in Los Angeles back in 88-89 ...I look forward to hearing this song asI dig Petty, and know half the people to ever step into Zombie Zoo
    MAESTRO4XSon June 11, 2008   Link
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    MemoryI remember the zombie zoo club, they did not serve drinks and would stay open until sunrise
    it really wasn't a punk club but punk used to go there to hang out, after the other places closed.
    i remember they had a bunch of old 70s type B?W tvs stacked in a room and they would play movies like nosferatu, while the house music played. I remember seeing ADS (another destructive system) there, so they did have some punk bands play some times.

    Don't remember seeing a lot of punk girls, would have been pretty cool at 3am if I had.

    Seem to remember some death rock guys in dresses fighting with the death rock girls for mirror space to put on make up. That was always good for a laugh.

    Seem to remember it was in the LA brea area, could be wrong.
    webpunk69on June 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about a stripper, just look and see, its a sterotypical stipper, thats all i have to say about that
    mathblasterboyon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems a little harsh for a stripper.. My guess is hooker.
    mikemacon April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about somebody who is acting all weird just for the sake of being weird. One of those people who would stop breathing if they could, just because that's what everybody else is doing.
    Nick the Bastardon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song I think of a "punk rawk" girl. Really eager to be completely comfortable and decided in who she is and what she wants out of life. That is a contemporary pop-culture lens to view this song through.

    But now that I think of it, a hooker is a likely candidate.
    Lukasa101on July 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a classic i mean it has such great poetry and it really gets u in a weird sort of mood. Lunchpail purse is an amazing image
    tompettyconcerton August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYea, i think either a punk rock girl or a hooker. But, i dont know about hooker because, "She disappears at sunrise". you'd think it would be disappears at sunset.
    TomPettyon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDude, I think this is all about a hooker, man. Definately my fav Tom Petty song!
    J.Spicolion July 31, 2007   Link

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