"The Idiot Kings" as written by and Mark/doughty Degliantoni....
Everything is going up.
Everything is going as planned, yeah.
Everything moves along.
Everything is fine, fine, fine.

Oh I could be
Condemned to Hell for every sin but littering.
I could
Slip on the East River and crash into Queens all skittering.
I've seen the
Cops and the robbers, and I know they dance the same.
I've seen a
Half a zillion girls and haven't spoken to a single one of them.

Batting in the light,
My reptile-lidded eyes.
And all this strung end to end,
Is wider than the mind.

And this cool I've been playing I have been
Playing too long now my
Capacities are dwindling 'til they're
Gone Gone Gone.

Baby can I change my mind?
I just want to change my mind.


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"The Idiot Kings" as written by Michael Doughty Mark Degliantoni

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    General Comment" The initial title was "Luv Gangsters." "The Idiot Kings" was the prospective title for a novel about a band I used to want to write--that would've been the name of the band.

    I don't know, we were rehearsing before the last tour before we went in to make I.B. and suddenly everybody liked the song and there it was. And then, while we were on tour and playing it live nightly, fucking Alanis came out with that "everything is fine, fine, fine" song, I saw the video standing in the lobby of the Phoenix hotel in S.F. and starting saying No, no, dear Lord, no...That's when we started devoting time in the set to explaining how Alanis and the C.I.A. were stealing ideas from my mind.

    I hated the Luv Gangsters part, so I actually wrote the batting in the light/reptile-lidded eyes part while we were at the Power Station with David Kahne. Like, desperately, in two minutes, just blurted out this verse. Kinda dig it, actually. "
    jay314on September 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentReading the lyrics, and after having listened to the song 30,000 times from when it was first released until now, it's obviously a reference to Doughty's past as a drug addict...That's all well and good, I just think it is the bee's knees, man!
    colorbars2002on June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite SC songs..

    it was originally called Luv Gangsters, because the "batting in the light" verse was originally:

    "pistols on the sides,
    luv gangsters on the rise, yeah.
    pistols on the sides,
    luv gangsters on the rise."
    jay314on September 09, 2005   Link

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