"Anthrax" as written by and Dave/burnham Allen....
Woke up this morning desperation a.m.
What I've been saying won't say them again
My head's not empty, it's full with my brain
The thoughts I'm thinking
Like piss down a drain

And I feel like a beetle on its back
And there's no way for me to get up
Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch

Ought to control what I do to my mind
Nothing in there but sunshades for the blind
Only yesterday I said to myself
The things I'm doing are not good
For my health

Love crops up quite a lot as something to sing about,
'Cause most groups make most of their songs about falling in love
Or how happy they are to be in love,
You occasionally wonder why these groups do sing about it all the time -
It's because these groups think there's something very special about it
Either that or else it's because everybody else sings about it and always has,
You know to burst into song you have to be inspired
And nothing inspires quite like love.

These groups and singers think that they appeal to everyone
By singing about love because apparently everyone has or can love
Or so they would have you believe anyway
But these groups seem to go along with what, the belief
That love is deep in everyone's personality.
I don't think we're saying there's anything wrong with love,
We just don't think that what goes on between two people
Should be shrouded with mystery.

Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch
Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch


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"Anthrax" as written by Brian Eno

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  • +3
    General CommentGOF had a strong Marxist political philosophy, they're commenting on the temptation to give in to Capitalism by selling out and writing 'love songs.' The spoken word line 'what goes on between two people shouldn't be shrouded in mystery' refers to the fact that 'love songs' are basically shallow but are given a false sense of significance by trying to seem mysterious (sells more albums, no doubt). It's also a comparison between love songs and political songs, which might not be a guaranteed money maker, since they require the listener to have ACTUAL depth of thought. Like many GOF tunes, it's about the dumbing-down effects of Capitalism/ Consumerism on the psyche.

    nyctuberon January 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is basically confronting the idea that romantic love (at least, according to Hollywood's standards of it) has replaced religion as the opiate of the masses in the 20th century. They don't think that there's anything wrong with love, but that it shouldn't be so shrouded in mystery/myth... because that's all Hollywood's premonitions of romantic love have ever been, myth.

    You ruined it for us all, Weinberg!
    rabbithowlon September 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe rational and irrational parts of the song being sung/spoken at the same time is really powerful in outlining what rabbithowl has said about this song. The actual man in this situation isn't thinking about either the rational or the irrational parts, he's thinking both. He knows that things must be simple and that what he's being told by media is incorrect and spectacularized, but he's still not sure what it is, really.

    This is a great song.
    pajari2kon October 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dunno, Pleat, I kind of like the feedback intro as a means of creating a feeling of tension/desperation/regret before it cuts into the main story. It's not supposed to make you feel happy and so, to me, it creates an appropriate mood.
    RommelDAKon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfearing the effects of love and therefore fearing love itself
    tomistdaffyon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfearing the effects of love and therefore fearing love itself
    tomistdaffyon April 11, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYes it is a great song, apart from the terrible 2-minute intro which is nothing but feedback!

    I wish they'd have cut it down because it would work brilliantly as a short song. The words just wash over you in a stream of consciousness...King does not sing with his usual passion, but seems resigned to his situation, i.e. he can't get his message across when the music charts are full of the same old drivel.

    "My head's not empty, it's full with my brain
    The thoughts I'm thinking
    Like piss down a drain"
    Pleaton February 16, 2008   Link

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