"Main Street Eyes" as written by and Iggy Pop....
This whole country is scared of failure.
My head keeps trying to sell me ambition.
But in my heart, I want self-respect.
There's a conflict.

Boy, I feel so outgunned today
But I'll get up and fight back, anyway
You and I are not huge mainstream stars
But unlike them, we're really what we are

We got Main Street eyes
Watchin' as the big boys roll by
Under rotten television skies
We got Main Street eyes

I saw a kitten squashed in the street
I read about a plastic surgeon and his art collection.

We are played for suckers all the time
Phony rock and roll
It's a crime
I don't want to dip myself in trash
I don't want to give myself for cash

We got Main Street eyes
Tryin' to do what's decent with our lives
Under funny television skies
We got Main Street eyes

Walkin' around sometimes
I see a tension under the surface
People are just about ready to explode.

So hold me, and trust me
I love you, don't worry.
Keep your Main Street eyes [Repeat: x3]
Eyes
Eyes


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"Main Street Eyes" as written by Iggy Pop

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    General CommentThis is one of my favourite Iggy Pop solo tracks.

    I think the song is about ordinary people who lead ordinary lives, but they are constantly getting mind "fuc ked" by television programs and celebrities.

    "We are played for suckers all the time
    Phony rock and roll
    It's a crime
    I don't want to dip myself in trash
    I don't want to give myself for cash"

    This could mean that the ordinary person is a sucker, being sold somekind of false dream. He does not want to be a sell-out who would do anything for cash.

    "We got Main Street eyes
    Tryin' to do what's decent with our lives"

    The masses do their best to lead decent lives, but they als have eyes on the mainstream.

    "Walkin' around sometimes
    I see a tension under the surface
    People are just about ready to explode."

    This line could be about life in the city. I remember Trevanian wrote "you see fear and fury in the faces of city dwellers". Iggy could be talking about the same thing.

    "You and I aare not huge mainstream stars
    But unlike them, we're really what we are"

    Iggy trying to say that mainstream rock stars and celebrities are just putting up a big act?

    "Boy, I feel so outgunned today
    But I'll get up and fight back, anyway"

    Its like when you watch TV or read a newspaper and you feel that everyone else is better off than you are. But you just want to keep trying, despite knowing deep in your heart that nothing good will come out of it.
    PimpinAintEasyon October 01, 2007   Link

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