"Classic Rot" as written by and John Mills Easdale....
What are they doing here?
Something so familiar to my ears
Well they move like ancient science fiction on
The vacuum screen
And they sing of love and loneliness and
Different shades of green
Drownin in a lake of tears
Seems like they've been doing it for years
Ringing in my ears
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Well we listen on in silence, memorizing line and verse
Though the poetry is awful and the imagery is worse
Doesen't it seem absurd?
Little children learning every single word
And they mimic words and phrases of a
Hundred years ago
And observe a moments silence for the guy who
Wrote Hey Joe
Matthew said it best at Janes
Though the maidens gone, her innocence remains
We sing on in chains
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Well I'm laughing at the waitress and they're
Starving in the street
And they're charging more for wonder and
They're burning fields of wheat
Am I crazy, was it really only 20 years ago?
Or more or less, I'm not so sure
Raised on Classic Rock
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da
Bob ba da bop ba da ba da


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"Classic Rot" as written by John Mills Easdale

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    General CommentThe missing opening lines are...

    "Well, I get off work at midnight/like I did it yesterday
    and I listen to the signal that the ancient strangers play."

    This song is clearly about how rock music had been turned into a commodity by the late 70s/ early 80s. By that time, less-and-less new music was being played and you started hearing the same thirty "classic" songs played on radio for years and years on end.
    RogerRyanon September 15, 2010   Link

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