"Mesopotamia" as written by Ricky Wilson, Cynthia Wilson, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Keith Strickland....
Turn your watch, turn your watch back
About a hundred thousand years
A hundred thousand years

I'll meet you by the third pyramid
I'll meet you by the third pyramid
Ah come on, that's what I want
We'll meet in Mesopotamia, oh-oh-oh

I ain't no student (we're goin' down to meet, feel those vibrations)
Of ancient culture (I know a neat excavation)
Before I talk
I should read a book
But there's one thing
That I do know
There's a lot of ruins in Mesopotamia

Six or eight thousand years ago
They laid down the law
Six or eight thousand years ago (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)
They laid down the law (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)

I'll meet you by the third pyramid
I'll meet you by the third pyramid
Ah come on, that's what I want
We'll meet in Mesopotamia, oh-oh-oh

Now I ain't no student (we're goin' down to meet, feel those vibrations)
Of ancient culture (I know a neat excavation)
Before I talk
I should read a book
(Mesopotamia, that's where I wanna go)
But there's one thing that
I do know (Mesopotamia, that's where I wanna go)
There's a lot of ruins in Mesopotamia

Six or eight thousand years ago
They laid down the law
Six or eight thousand years ago (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)
They laid down the law (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)
In Mesopotamia (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)

They laid down the law (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)
In Mesopotamia (oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, ooooh)


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"Mesopotamia" as written by Cynthia Wilson Cindy Wilson

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  • +1
    General Commentone of my favorite b-52's songs
    no one can really say what this band's songs are about or why they were such strange people
    but i love them
    deadsaltysnailon May 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah. they're pretty great.
    rebeksteron October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow can it be that only 2 people have commented on this song? It is easily one of the B-52's best. Forget all that crap they put out once they made it to "hit radio". Love Shack sucks. This song is AWESOME!!!
    monster36604on January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhen they do this live (and they almost always do), Fred says in his second verse, "Now I ain't no A student/Of ancient culture/Before this fool [or dolt, dum-dum, etc.] talks/He should read a book".
    thatsnomoonon September 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentVery funny song, with the singer self-effacing in his awareness that he doesn't know much about the topic.

    One bit of actual history in the song: "They laid down the law" is a reference to the Code of Hammurabi, which is actually a bit less than 4,000 years old, not "6 or 8 thousand years" old. Still funny in that "laid down the law" has a modern colloquial sense of being assertive, whereas Hammurabi literally laid down the law.

    The album cover art looks like it's not very faithful to art from Mesopotamia, but that's what happens when you're no student of ancient cultures.
    rikdadon December 02, 2016   Link

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