"Blank Generation" as written by and Richard Hell....
I was sayin' let me out of here before I was
Even born, it's such a gamble when you get a face
It's fascinatin' to observe what the mirror does
But when I dine it's for the wall that I set a place

I belong to the blank generation and
I can take it or leave it each time
I belong to the generation but
I can take it or leave it each time

Triangles were fallin' at the window as the doctor cursed
He was a cartoon long forsaken by the public eye
The nurse adjusted her garters as I breathed my first
The doctor grabbed my throat and yelled, "God's consolation prize!"


To hold the T.V. to my lips, the air so packed with cash
Then carry it up flights of stairs and drop it in the vacant lot
To lose my train of thought and fall into your arms' tracks
And watch beneath the eyelids every passing dot

[Chorus x 2]

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"Blank Generation" as written by Richard Hell

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    General CommentI don't think this song is about nihilsm, because Richard never seemed to be an anomie. He wrote very emotional songs. I think this is about being detatched from society, in both good ways and bad. He takes a TV and drops it in a vacant lot - he is removed from everyday news and politics, from gossip and oppinion. He doesn't want to listen to all the rubbish that everyone else does. He belongs not to generation X, or generation Y, but his own generation; and he can choose what he likes, hates, does or doesn't do. He is an idividual. At the same time, he was saying "Let me out of here!" Before he was born, he already felt trapped by the conformities of this world. He has no friends, because he cannot understand them any more than they understand him. He has reaped the benifits and the maladies that come with awareness. How true those words. By the way, anyone noticed Hell's strange obsession with triangles?
    NellieWhiskeyon November 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSomehow, feeling anything about this song seems to totally contradict its poignancy and meaning...
    deafeuphoriaon July 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYEAH!
    disco_blows_dogs_on March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo one knows how to rock like Richard Hell anymore.
    scorp10non October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know if the so-called "Blank Generation" of American novelists in the 1980s (best represented by Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero) is named for this tune?
    Halo Apeon January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell im not sure if that is the original blank generation. i believed that the 70 s with the whole new york punk scene was named the blank generation because all these self centered and vacant punks emerged. u r probably right tho halo ape still awesome song
    vicious_groupieon March 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song. theres no shit like this these days. maybe there is but no one really appreciates it.
    velvetsisteron January 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy blank generation it means a clean slate and a fresh start, Year zero and all that
    Violentpacifiston August 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the second verse.
    The Hammeredon September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really just paints a picture of Hell's life in the 70s. He was a junkie poet who felt cut off from the rest of the world.

    There are two offered explanations for the term "blank generation." One, being nihilism. The other, which has becomes Hell's stand point in recent years, being a stance of "insert-your-generation" here.
    Jett Diamondon November 05, 2007   Link

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