"Old Whore's Diet" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
An old whore's diet
Gets me going in the morning
Ain't nothing like it
Gets me going in the morning

To say I love you
Gets me going where I want to
Oh, gets me going
Oh, gets me going in the morning

To say I love you
Gets me going where I want to
Oh, gets me going
Oh, gets me going in the morning

Hell, either here or Hell will do
Either here or Hell will employ you
Suicidal assistance
An old whore's diet


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"Old Whore's Diet" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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    General Commentactually tortoise, an old whores diet is leftover chinese food. rufus says.
    fantasimaon January 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe "old Chinese food" comment is correct. That's what Rufus cites is an "Old whore's diet." I think he's since embellished the origins of the song by saying an old whore's diet is old Chinese food AND acid or some other drug (which as someone else said, he was very into for a period).

    The story is that while on tour one night he was quite hungry and all that was left in the hotel fridge was old Chinese food. He ate it anyway.
    johndouxon May 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan old whore's diet is probably drugs.
    tortoiseon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...I like how it gets faster after a while. it gets a whole new feeling.
    manus21on January 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis the same anthony from "I Am A Bird Now"? just making sure
    pumkinhedon March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought an old whore's diet was sex. :o

    I mean. He also says "to say I love you / gets me going where I want to", and that kind of goes along with sex in the morning.

    I dunno.
    lookbeyondon November 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYup, it's Antony from the wonderful Antony and the Johnsons. Rufus and Antony are friends and have both wowed the New York music scene. They are also both gay icons in their own right.
    Lol, I think Rufus may have been saying that an Old Whore's Diet was leftover Chinese food a bit tongue in cheek.
    Rufus notoriously struggled with an arsenal of different drugs before going into rehab. In a similar way to Elliott Smith, this provided a huge basis for song writing material.
    mozza_fanon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthaha I thought he was talking about sex,also!
    octogirlprettyon September 05, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is probably the most unpleasant song on my I-pod
    pennycrayolaon November 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I think that you could safely say that the comment about old chinese food is indeed said tongue in cheek. Why in the world would you write a song about chinese leftovers?

    Remember, this is two of the biggest gay icons singing, and it is definitely about having sex, or more specifically giving a blowjob or swallowing semen if you want to be literal about it. Something "old whores" might be forced to do to keep them attractive in the market.

    And I mean, it ain't nothing like sex to "get you going in the morning", right?

    The last part mentioning "either hell or here will do" is probably referring to that he doesn't care if he's performing a sin or not.
    gobon October 01, 2010   Link

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