"Rambozo The Clown" as written by Eric Reed Boucher, Raymond John Pepperelle, Geoffrey Lyall and Darren Henley....
Got a deadly toy
To brainwash your boy

An egocentric muscle thug
Kicks butt on screen like a brat out a hell
Bullshitter in the Indochina shop
Pull the string in his back, we win the war

That we never should have started at all

A cabbage patch terrorist to call our own
Who rewrites history with a machine gun
Don't think about it-kill it
That's what we teach your child

Rambozo
Rambozo
Rambozo the clown
To draft age kids
It sure looks like fun-
"kill 'em all
And let god sort 'em out."
Like video games-no mess
Just fuel for a mass lapse of common sense
You can be don Quixote
We'll dice you with our windmill blades

Brawn over brain
Means a happy ending
G.i. Joe in the cereal bowl
Grey shrapnel-flavored chewing gum
Mass murder ain't just painless
Now we've made it cute

Rambozo
Rambozo
Rambozo the clown
War is sexy
War is fun
Iron ego
Red dawn
Be a wolverine. you'll rule the hills
Just get some guns and cheerios
Any kid can conquer Libya
Just steal a fighter plane

Look who came home in a wheelchair
V.a. hospital, they don't care
"we're the machine
You're just a tool."
Who fell for the myth of Rambozo the clown


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"Rambozo the Clown" as written by Eric Reed Boucher, Raymond John Pepperelle, Geoffrey Lyall, Darren Henley

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    General CommentIMO, jello commenting on how america makes war and fighting look like fun and games to kids.

    also quixotic: chivalrous and unselfish to an extravagant or impractical extent.
    i presume don quixote is where the meaning came from, maybe he was very chivalrous? dunno bout the winmill blades thing tho.
    iamtheowlon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBottom line: Sylvester Stallone is a bad role model.
    WavinGerbson June 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Bullshitter in the Indochina shop" is one of the most brilliant lyrics ever written.
    freehat17on September 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"hey rocky, watch me pull a massacre out of my hat"
    "again??"
    kijimaon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's wierd how Jello talks about violent video games because Bedtime for Democracy was released in 1986, and the only video games then were games like Frogger and Pong. It's like he's talking about today's video games cause those are the ones where you shoot people.
    camfon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBut war movies did come out before '86, Rambo part 1 and 2 came out before 1985 and there are plenty more, but this song does relate to modern games too, very violent, very gory. Westerns were popular too, also violent, those too were watched by children.
    Pogo Popeon April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe dosen't talk about them being violent, I think he means they're bright, fun, happy and far from reality.
    Violentpacifiston September 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere were war oriented games for the ATARI game console. games such as "River Raid" and "Combat". although they were crude compared to games produced in the 90's. these games undoubtedly made war seem like a light- hearted enjoyable pastime.
    uselessdegenerateon September 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOnce again, the Dead Kennedys remain as relevant as they did when they wrote this song. They managed to pinpoint a disturbing aspect of our culture that still runs strong today, and sarcastically tear it to pieces.

    The most commonly portrayed image of a "hero" is the man who is tough and rugged- physically enough to kill anybody, and mentally enough to have no qualms with killing anybody or watching his friends be killed.

    Violent war movies and video games, designed for young adults who are just the right age to join the army, then fail to show some of the more horrific aspects of war, and because they are impersonal and "fake," people begin to disassociate killing with the feelings of disgust and terror that they should feel. And with video games in their infancy when this song was released, Jello really did show incredible insight by mentioning them- I'm not saying he predicted the future or anything, but realizing then the implications of their illusoriness really was brilliant.

    In Don Quixote, one of the most well-known scenes is when Don Quixote attacks a field of windmills, thinking they are giants (throughout the story he performs dozens of brave and heroic acts against mundane objects, thinking they are "enemies.") What is probably meant in the song is that wars and enemy combatants don't exist in the way that people think they do- they enter war with an idea that they are fighting inept, nameless, evil henchmen, when those enemies exist only as much as Quixote's giants did.

    And of course, we habituate children to the "normality" of war by bombarding them with toys and images glorifying it.

    In the end, the people who lose are the people who buy into it and become cannon fodder- a tool used to push militaristic strategy. Actually, we all lose...

    And yes, "bullshitter in an Indochina shop" is one of the most ingenious play on words I've ever heard.
    vickevlaron February 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAm I missing something about "bullshitter in an Indochina shop?" I guess all I take away from it is the idea of an American solider fighting in the Vietnam war (for the purported purpose of improving the social and political climate) without any true understanding of what's really going on in that culture.

    But is there more to it than that? If not, well, I guess it is still a pretty good line.
    wschuberton May 09, 2011   Link

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