"Basket Case" as written by and Billie Joe/wright Iii Armstrong....
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we all lived through the 70's
The clothes, the music, the heartwarming but rarely amusing Ziggy cartoons
Now, later, who are we to look at these two, fine young men
And say, "You there - I sit in judgment of you!"

For being a drunken lush, and bad as hell
Read the charge and thunk, sunk in in a plush padded cell
Temperpedic Craftmatic adjustable
Go on try to stare at it, it's not that combustible
I accidentally split some kerosene
And dozed off with the L lit, doped up on thorazine
Matter of fact, make mines a double
Few could see the point like a line through the Hubble
Doom hit the eye in the sky with a pie
Shrink said he thinks he believe he could fly
Spread his wings and flap like a goose
He'll show you how to do it if you help him get the straps loose
Diagnosed as shell shocked from totin toast
And still could hear the bells rock Doc, another loading dose
He claimed he couldn't take the racket
Faked his own escape in a eightball straight jacket

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury
This, animal, here; this ursine fellow
Unclean!
He rejected society and retreated
To a cave in the woods to plot his vile - nod!

And it isn't true that at these times
He often descends into a delusional state
Sometimes actually adopting another person's persona?

I started punchin' once I saw son lungin'
He had me put on punishment for eating the last Munchkin
So now they got me down here near the dungeon
Nurses all arguin' over who's to do the spongin'
He requested time off for bugged behavior
And rhymed off of thug beats bumped by a neighbor
Who spoke with his fist and kept a mirror with a thumbhole
Cell twelve drumroll, ode to a gum sole
A O.G. like a captain that's retired
Rappers is space cadets yappin' be quiet
And that's an order ship your daughters to my quarters at once
And don't sip the tap water dunce
He is the super, a stranger who talks to you
Maybe even offer tech support and walk you through
Villain, man in the mask, spit in the face
Show him where to go, inside a hand basket case

The defendant's confession!

Uh, nothing further

Mentok commands you to proceed, with your case!

Just since some people, wear a mask
Don't mean.. they.. did nothing automatically

Now wait a second!
Your Honor I'd respectfully like to have a word with you in chambers

I request an immediate dismissal, on the grounds
On grounds that

Your honor I

Just as the mask, some people wear a mask
Don't mean that they did something


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"Basket Case" as written by Brian Burton Sven Libaek

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    General CommentThe "And isn't it true that at these times" quote is Harvey Birdman speaking...It's from the Flinstones episode...I think it's called "The Dabba Don"
    chaoajon July 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentomg this song actually has some sort of plot to it. crazy shit
    fazmatic9on March 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe final "skit within the song" at the end of this ones is one of the funniest things I have ever heard in all of music. He talks like a person with very poor English (read:slow), and as he attempts to explain why he wants an "immediate dismissal," more and more people just start laughing at him. The laughter really should be in the lyrics above. Hilarious.
    Kalynadaon April 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFYI a basket case is someone who is mentally ill and relies on others for pretty much everything. I read some article that after WWI basket cases were referred to people in hospitals that both arms and legs were amputated, so I guess thats where it first originated.
    Mac3030on July 21, 2010   Link

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