"Plastic Jesus (The Goldcoast Singers cover)" as written by George Cromarty and Ed Rush....
I don't care if it rains or freezes
Long as I got my plastic Jesus
Sittin' on the dashboard of my car
Comes in colors, pink and pleasant
Glows in the dark, it's iridescent
Take it with you when you travel far

Get yourself a sweet Madonna
Dressed in rhinestone, settin' on a
Pedestal of Abalone Shells
Goin' 90, I ain't scared
'Cause I got the Virgin Mary
Assuring me that I won't go to hell


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"Plastic Jesus" as written by George Cromarty Ed Rush

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    General CommentI'm not so sure this is originally a flaming lips song, I'm almost sure it's not. This version of it however is pretty cool, very chill
    loaferon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not so sure this is originally a flaming lips song, I'm almost sure it's not. This version of it however is pretty cool, very chill
    loaferon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't originally by the Lips, I was trying to figure out where it came from. I know it's an old song because Paul Newman sang it exactly like this when he found out his mother died in Cool Hand Luke. I think of that movie everytime I hear this song. Which is a good thing.
    eekdafatcaton March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbilly idol maybe?
    kaylee22on July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts in the movie Cool Hand Luke, which just happens to be one of the greatest movies ever. Paul Newman sings it when he finds out his mom dies.
    A.Walshon September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe levellers did a version of this song, and its amazing btw... listen to the levellers yes
    Mr_Krinkleon July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that the meaning of the song in the movie (Cool Hand Luke) is so much deeper than the actual song itself.

    It's like all of the sudden he finds himself in need of an emotional outlet, but he reaches down all that he can pull back up is this song. And then he has to get out of there.
    setat06839on August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI didn't know of this song until I heard it from Paul Newman from the great movie "Cool Hand Luke". I actually heard the song before I saw the movie and loved it and then I saw the movie and of course in the scene in which he cries after the death of his mother brought so much more meaning to the song and its relevance in the movie and in that certain moment.

    What I know is that it's not at all originally The Flaming Lips' song. It was written back in the 50's and is a folk song that has been rewritten and re-sung countless times by so many different people. According to Wikipedia: "Ed Rush and George Cromarty wrote the song in 1957 and recorded it (as a humorous ad spoof) in 1962 as The Goldcoast Singers" and "The authorship of the song has historically been incorrectly attributed to Ernie Marrs." And it's supposedly Ernie Marrs' version of the song that had been used for CHL. Then the Flaming Lips covered it, though I'm not sure if they changed any of the lyrics. I hope to hear other versions and any of the older less-rewritten ones.
    LightYears64on October 11, 2008   Link

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