Saw something go wrong today when along, when a car went by
Grey car blew up today when along, when a car went by
Never thought it really happened that way
Never thought it really happened that way
Never thought it really happened that way
Drew a rod and they blew him away
Down on the south side, out on Pulaski
There were pieces of a man all over the skyway
Well I suffered real bad today, just like in the movies
Why did mm get an mm mm like that?
I even felt a little sick
I never thought it really happened that way
I never thought it really happened that way
I wouldn't want to check out in that way
Drew a rod and they blew him away
There were pieces of a man all over the skyway
There were pieces of a man
mm mm in the ashtray
What are you trying to prove now, Benny?
What are you trying to call me, Benny?
Better stay out of it, Benny
Stay out of my wayski


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Kasmir S. Pulaski Day song meanings
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    My InterpretationThe one thing that has always strikes me about this song now, is how incredibly this contrasts with Sufjan Stevens song of the same name (though spelt correctly with the 'C'), his song being so earnest and heartfelt compared the really heartless and brutal lyrics of this one. The "stay outta my way-ski" is probably one of the funniest lyrics Albini's every written though.

    The song is about witnessing a car being blown up. I think the line listed above as "Drew a rod" should read "Threw a rod" as in, a pipe-bomb. The car explodes and the poor guy goes everywhere.

    The "Benny" part at the end makes me think that this was inspired by a true story. The reason for this being that Albini has said that the song L Dopa, also from Songs About Fucking, was written after he heard about a town where "sleeping sickness" broke out (see the song meanings entry for L Dopa, the guys there have the whole story off pretty well.) L Dopa makes repeated reference to Daisy in a pretty similar way to the repetition of Benny here, Daisy being a sufferer from the disease either real or created by Albini. A tenuous link I know but I think it's an interesting parallel anyway particularly the idea of repetition and questioning in both songs.
    HandsPackmuleon April 15, 2013   Link
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    General Commentapparently today is casimir pulaski today. He saved George Washingtons life.
    STUDLYCUDDLYBUDDYon March 07, 2011   Link

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