"Hamburger Lady" as written by Chris Carter, Peter Martin Christopherson, Genesis P-orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti....
By far worse is the hambuger lady, We must heal them for the qualified technicians, Worse, Alternating nights are automatic, She's lying there, Hamburger Lady Hamburger Lady She's dying, She is burned from the waist up, On her arm, Her ear is burned, Her eyelashes are burned, She can't hold things up, And even with medical advances, There's no end in sight, For hamburger lady, She wants me to tell you of her claim mind, From which the double play laying, The proping chair, Leave her, She's Burned from the waist down, Has to eat her life through tubes, Hamburger Lady Hamburger Lady She's okay if you change the tubes, Tubes in her legs, The tubes in her arms, She's okay, Then it came out and saw the burn net, Indeed in the account of killing, And it flashed on the carpet, And it flashed on the floor, The hamburger lady, She came to rest, Because of the burn she needs relief, From the medication, The qualified Technician, Hamburger Lady Hamburger Lady


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"Hamburger Lady" as written by Chris Carter, Peter Martin Christopherson, Genesis P-orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti

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  • +5
    General Comment"...By far the worst is the hamburger lady, and because of shortage right now
    of 'qualified technicians', e.g. technicians who can work with her and keep
    their last meal down, Screwloose Lauritzen and I have been alternating
    nights with her, unrelievedly. If you put a 250-lb meatloaf in the oven
    and then burned it and then followed that by propping it up on a potty-chair
    to greet you at 11pm each night, you would have some description of these
    past two weeks. Which is to say the worst I seen since viet napalms. When
    somebody tells you that there is a level of pain beyond which the human mind
    cannot retain consciousness, please tell them to write me. In point of fact
    this lady has not slept more than 3-5 minutes at a stretch since she came to
    us - that was over two weeks ago and, thanks to medical advances, there is
    no end in sight; from the waist (waste?) up everything is burned off, ears,
    nose etc - lower half is untouched and that, I guess, is what keeps her
    alive. I took one guy in to help me change tubes and he did alright, that
    is alright till he came out, then he spotted one of the burn nurses
    (pleasant smiling zombies) eating a can of chile-mac at the desk, and that
    did it: he flashed on the carpet. It is fucking insane is what it is."

    -part of a letter sent by Al Ackerman from Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. 1978

    from the DOA sleeve. so i guess i'm right. and now i will never sleep again.
    one or clownon September 20, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThrobbing Gristle tried to create a disorienting aura to illustrate the pain, dispair, and confusion of a woman who was burnt so badly from the waste up that her flesh looked like hamburger meat. They also tried to create an ominous, evil sound to display the cruelty of keeping someone like that alive. It's a very disturbing song.
    Mirvinon June 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like the ads for google on this page... Right now it's saying to get a Prime Rib Burger from Carl's Junior... kind of weird huh?
    cupid de lockeon July 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"When somebody tells you there’s a level of pain
    beyond the human mind
    The lady on the potty-chair"

    That is so powerful. Because usually the idea of 'pain' is the dramatic, tragically beautiful sort of thing. But this level of pain is not something you can turn into a Shakespearean play. It is beyond degrading, humiliating, painful suffering.
    fizzypopismon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read once that his song was about a woman who was in a fire and she got so badly burned that her skin was deformed and melted and she was immobile and spent the rest of her life in a hospital frightening people with her gastly appearence.
    gummomohawkon May 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is true. the name actually comes from the fact that her skin was so badly burned it looked like hamburger meat.

    very creepy song. hamburger lady is classic.
    thunderperfectmindon January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most frightening song of all time. I remember disctinctly the first time I heard it. I couldn't really understand the lyrics and didn't even know he was saying "Hamburger Lady". Just sounded like a form of gibberish. Then I looked at the song title.... If you want to terrifying someone, this one will work. And if done at certain times, it will permanently drive them insane. Without a doubt the most haunting song ever made... I don't see how it will ever be topped again.
    Shaludon September 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti guess these lyrics are accurate, but...

    at the 'burn net... account of killing' part, i thought Gen was saying something about one of the 'burn nurses' coming in (to the Hamburger Lady's room, i thought) 'eating a can of chili'

    ...which is the creepiest fuckin thought i've ever had, so i hope i'm wrong
    one or clownon September 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, This song remind me of "Cesaro Summability"
    AmbervsTracy2007on November 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHello?! The song is about Lady Jaye who was burned badly in a fire at Rick Ruben's music studio.
    jmmmmmmmon September 02, 2013   Link

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