Tried my hand at the citizens band
I'm a breaker that breaks and my handle is goblin
I'm on air and I'm breaking the law
I just switch myself on and ten-four for a copy

Like a phone
It's a similar thing, similar thing
To speak to you
It's a beautiful thing, beautiful thing

Me and you, so many ways to communicate
Me and you, so many ways to communicate
So many ways to communicate
So many ways to communicate what you want to say

There's no way I'll go feeding the bears
I just hit the big slab back to my own home twenty
Smokey says "I'm a lonely cartel
Don't you worry about me coz I'm just a good buddy"

Go-go girls
They're a similar thing, similar thing
Cutting me up
'Til we eyeball again, eyeball again

Me and you, so many ways to communicate
Me and you, so many ways to communicate
So many ways to communicate
So many ways to communicate what you want to say

Eighty-eight receive me 'til we eyeball again

Mic in hand on the citizens band

(Black stallion, black stallion do you copy?
Do you copy black stallion?
Black stallion do you copy me black stallion?)


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    General CommentTried my hand at the citizens band
    I'm a mischievous ne'er-do-well interrupter who interrupts (/breaks the law)
    And my call sign is "goblin" (devious!)
    I'm on air and I'm breaking the law
    I just switch myself on
    And wait until I've been received/understood

    Like a phone
    It's a similar thing
    Similar thing
    To speak to you
    It's a beautiful thing
    Beautiful thing

    Me and you
    So many ways to communicate
    What you want to say

    I'm not going to get caught by the police
    I just speed away on the interstate
    Back to my own home location
    The cops say I'm just part of a lonely channel-hogging group
    But don't you worry 'bout me
    Coz I'm just a friendly chatter

    Pigs are a similar thing (to cops)
    Similar thing
    Cutting me off/Making me leave the channel/not speak
    until we meet face to face again

    Me and you
    So many ways to communicate
    What you want to say

    Take my Love and kisses until we meet face to face again

    Mic in hand on the citizens' band (X8)

    (Black stallion (presumably another user's handle?)
    Black stallion for the country
    Vote for the country) (????)

    Adding to this song's brilliance (and least of all straightforwardness) is the fact that it's hidden in the lead-in to track 1 on the Super Furry Animals' album *Guerilla*. You have to rewind it 5 minutes to find and hear the song. This parallels the big CB radio culture that was probably even bigger in the UK in the 80's, popularized by American films such as *Smokey and the Bandit*.

    One gets the sense and thrill of being in on something special and secret when finding the song, almost the band's mission statement: to stay true to the people, the fans. And they've found this new way to get the message across; so many ways to communicate. They are the Citizens' Band, there writing music for us, under the radar, and for the purpose of communication. It works so well on all these levels.
    blunaron June 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor once, it seems to be a SFA song that's fairly straightforward: it appears to be about someone communicating on Citizens' Band Radio during their drive. Here's a breakdown of the slang:

    A "breaker" is one using a channel; to "break" is to request permission to interrupt someone or to request to use a channel, or to initiate communication. ("Breaker breaker" means to request a channel hold off on its routine chatter.)
    I think 'Breaking the law' is wordplay, and a reference to how CB radio is often assumed to be used to dodge the cops and break the law; 10-4 means "message received", and to "copy" means to receave a message clearly.

    A "bear" or "Smokey" is a cop, derived from troopers wearing similar hats to the fire-prevention-awareness character Smokey the Bear. Thus, "feeding the bears" is getting pulled over and ticketed. To "hit the big slab" is to get on the highway, and one's "home twenty" is their home location, from 10-20 which is ten-code for location: "What's your 10-20?" = "What's your location?" (i.e., Where are you?)
    A "cartel" is one or more users making a frequency unusable by taking it up all the time; "good buddy" is a general term for another user without specifically referring to their handle. So this verse sounds sounds to me like police trying to play friendly, but with malicious intent--hogging a channel, 'reading the mail' (listening in on transmissions).

    "Go-go girls" refer to farm animals, or specifically, pigs. I'm not sure what that verse is about. To "eyeball" is to see someone, so to "eyeball again" is to see someone again.

    "Eighty-eight" is originally from ham radio, meaning "love and kisses"; it can generally mean any sort of good sentiment. This line seems to mean "Best wishes/Sending my love until we see each other again."

    "Mic in hand on the citizens band", therefore, is talking about his adventures on the CB airwaves.

    It might be talking about falling in love over a CB radio? "Me and you, so many ways to communicate"/"88 receive me 'til we eyeball again." Or maybe it's a straightforward travelogue. Anyone know if any of the Super Furries are CB users or ex-truckers?
    ProfessorKnowItAllon August 20, 2007   Link

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