"Gangsters And Pranksters" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
Donnybrook between two gangsters
And a bunch of merry pranksters

Two against a .22
Well who d'ya think is gonna win that
Fight... fight?

Ten to one it's the gangsters
Those pranksters, they can't even fight

Gangsters like their knuckles bloody
Pranksters spike the drinks of their buddies

Gangsters treat their ladies right
And pranksters curse their chickless plights
(Aw man, there's no...dames)

I've got all this Harvard LSD
Why won't anyone fuck me?!


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    General Commentgreat song, mellow and funny...

    pretty straightforward as far as meanings go i think...
    king_midason December 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the last part :D
    advancecassetteon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOr it could be about the Merry Pranksters and their whole acid test thing, what with spiking the drinks with Harvard LSD. Etc.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Maybe.
    PeopleEverydayon September 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNot to be pedantic, but it's "why won't ANYBODY fuck me" not 'anyone'

    And yes, PeopleEveryday, it is definitely a reference to the acid tests. Openly mocking, more than a reference, actually. Not sure who the gangsters are though.
    prettywhenyoucryon July 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis. like many other Pavement tunes, makes me laugh...hard! I don't know what I'll do if Malkmus ever stops making music.
    tbaumgaron January 13, 2010   Link

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