"I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" as written by and Excene Cervenka John Doe....
The facts we hate
We'll never meet walking down the road
Everybody yelling "hurry up, hurry up!"
But I'm waiting for you, I must go slow
I must not think bad thoughts

What is this world coming to?
Both sides are right but both sides are murdered
I give up, why can't they?
I must not think bad thoughts

The civil wars and the uncivilized wars
Conflagrations leap out of every poor furnace
The food cooks poorly and everyone goes hungry
From then on it's
Dog eat dog, dog eat body, and body eat dog
I can't go down there, I can't understand it
I'm a no good coward
And an American too, a north American that is
Not a south or a central or a native American
Oh, I must not think bad thoughts

I'm guilty of murder of
Innocent men, innocent women, innocent children
Thousands of them
My planes, my guns, my money, my soul
My blood on my hands
It's all my fault
I must not think bad thoughts

The facts we hate
You'll never hear us
I hear the radio, it's finally gonna play new music
You know the british invasion
But what about the
Minutemen, flesheaters, DOA, big boys, and the black flag
Were the last American bands to get played on the radio
Please bring the flag, please bring the flag
Glitter disco synthesizer, night school
All the noble savage drum drum drum
Astronauts go back in time to hang out with the cave people
It's about time, it's about space
It's about some people in the strangest places
Woody Guthrie sang about B-E-A-T-S, not B-E-A-T-S
I must not think bad thoughts
I must not think bad thoughts
The facts we hate


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"I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" as written by John Doe Excene Cervenka

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  • +2
    General CommentI hear it as "both sides are right but both sides murder".

    When I first heard this, I thought it was a reference to the civil wars in Central America in the 1980's (read Salvador by Joan Didion if you'd like a well observed and detailed account of one of these conflicts).

    However, this can really refer to any two sides of a violent conflict who claim to have moral authority. The example that jumps to my mind is the abortion debate. Both sides make good points, but both sides' arguments also have devolved into violence against the other side at one time or another (ironically, the pro-lifers seem to do more of the killing, but that is my own commentary and that has nothing to do with this excellent song).
    jsaulon September 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone have any insight into the "woody guthrie sang about b-e-e-t-s, not b-e-a-t-s" line?

    My read is that in the past music was about social issues (people going hungry), but now the music has narcissistically become about music itself.

    One more thing and then I promise I'm done with this song (for today anyway):

    Any other Americans like me feel like this about our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    "I'm guilty of murder of
    innocent men, innocent women, innocent children
    thousands of them
    my planes, my guns, my money, my soul
    my blood on my hands
    it's all my fault
    I must not think bad thoughts"
    jsaulon September 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionOne of the best songs ever written and recorded.
    rholdridge01on November 14, 2016   Link

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