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I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead.

I’m gonna give my despair,
I’m gonna give my despair,
I’m gonna give my despair,
Aha, aha, aha, aha, aha, aha, aha, aha,
Aha, aha, aha.

Well, I saw skies are red,
Well, I saw skies are red,
Well, I saw skies are red,
I was born and I was,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead.
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead.
I’m gonna give my despair,
I’m gonna give my despair,
I’m gonna give my despair,
I’m gonna give my despair.

Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
Well, I saw mushroom head,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
I was born and I was dead,
Dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead,
Dead, dead, dead, dead.


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  • +7
    General CommentThere's another possible meaning: in German the word Pilzkopf (mushroom head) means the haircut that the Beatles wore in their early days - the so-called "moptop". So the song might also be describing the profound effect that seeing the Beatles play had on members of Can: "When I saw the moptops, I was born (to new possibilities in music and life) and dead (to my old way of life).

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    cioranon April 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this is about being on the recieving end of a nuclear attack. the mushroom head is a big mushroom-cloud explosion. the narrator (perhaps the words of an infant) was born and dead in an instant. or something, i dont know :P
    corpseboyon January 14, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPsilocybin, nuclear war. Born, dead.
    TedPikulon July 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBought this when it first came out. Always thought it was "I'm gonna end my despair."

    I'm thinking it's both the little shroom and the big cloud, yeah. Damo had room in his head for both.
    futatoriuson July 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've listened to this song so many times but have never really looked into the lyrics. Given that "oh yeah" starts with atomic-bomb-like sound, I would imagine that the song is about a nuclear attack and/or maybe the aftermath: death, destruction, loss of culture. Damo Suzuki, the vocalist, was from Japan and was born into post-WWII Japan, shortly after the bombings. "I was born, and I was dead." Man this album is amazing, especially with this song leading into "oh yeah", with its backwards lyrics and cyclical beat.
    latenightlistneron July 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPS the Jesus and Mary Chain do a tight cover of this on Barbed Wire Kisses
    cioranon April 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmm...
    i know this influenced the Flaming Lips track "Take Meta Mars"

    other than that I think It's about a mushroom head?
    tomautoon November 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, I think the line is "I'm keep my distance". not "I'm gonna give my despair". I think this is just a by-ear transcript, so...

    I dunno. Maybe he saw a guy who ate too many psilocybin mushrooms? Maybe HE ate too many psilocybin mushrooms? Maybe it's about a mushroom cloud? All three? Pretty muffled, weird. paranoid song. Truly awesome, though.
    Cynothoglyson October 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNah, it's about being on the wrong end of a nuclear attack, as seen in the nuclear bomb dropped at the beginning of Oh Yeah, before it morphs into a thunderstorm...
    inpraiseoffollyon January 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell i wouldn't doubt this concerns both a nuclear bomb aaaaand a magic mushroom hahah
    lazyoldsunon February 16, 2007   Link

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