"Flathead" as written by and John Lawler....
Just because she feeds me well
And she made me talk dirty in a pink hotel
Doesn't mean she's got eyes for me
She might just want my bones, you see
Hey, Flathead, don't you get mean
She's the second best killer that I have ever seen
They don't come much more sick than you
I could go on if you want me to
It's just so wrong, so very nice
I told you once, and you killed me twice
I saw you one time at the back of the club
Chewing on glass and a ticket stub
I heard they kicked the boy till he bled
Then stood and said, 'oh my god' till she said
'Bara bap bara ra ra bara bap bara ra ra ra.'
Everybody knows you're the one to call
When the girls get ugly at the back of the wall
Josephine says you got a bleeding nose
So taking it with her wherever she goes
Hey, Flathead, don't check me in
Well, hers is a tonic and mine is a gin
They don't come much more slick than you
I'd drive your car if you asked me to
Said the boy's not right in the head
So he stood and got a kicking instead till she said
'Bara bap bara ra ra bara bap bara ra ra ra.'


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"Flathead" as written by John Lawler

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  • +5
    General CommentA flathead is a devotee of Michael Flatley who is famous for his creation of the Riverdance Irish dance ensemble. Also, Flatley won the Golden Gloves

    Championship in 1975. In the context of this song, flathead probably refers to someone with an intense, edge-of-the-cliff life style.

    Barazoku was Japan's oldest gay magazine, and was in print for 33 years. First published in 1971, Barazoku was known as a trailblazer for other gay

    publications and a leader in Japanese gay culture. In this song Bara is probably used as a non-gay reference to heterosexual, young, attractive men.

    Just because she feeds me well
    >> Just because she has oral sex with me

    And she made me talk dirty in a pink hotel
    >> And she made me talk dirty during sex (pink hotel: vagina)

    Doesn't mean she's got eyes for me
    >> Doesn't mean she loves me

    She might just want my bones you see
    >> She may just want me for sex (bones: penis erections)

    Hey flathead don't you get mean
    >> Hey flathead don't get mean

    She's the second best killer that I ever have seen
    >>She’s the second prettiest women I ever seen

    They don't come much more sick
    Than you
    >> sick: cool in a crazy fashion

    I could go on if you want me to
    >> I could continue to say nice things about you if you want me to

    It's just so wrong so very nice I told you
    Once and you killed me twice
    >> I said something nice about you and you replied negatively twice

    I saw you one time at the back of the
    Club chewing on glass and a ticket stub
    >>Glass: crystal (high purity) methamphetamine
    >>Ticket stub: paper soaked with LSD

    I heard they kicked the boy til he bled
    >>kicked: break an addiction
    >>boy: heroin
    >>til he bled: until the addiction is broken
    >>The above is mixed drug/sex metaphor

    Then stood and said oh my god til she said
    >>Then had an orgasm until she said

    Bara bap bara ra ra ra bara bap bara ra ra ra......
    >>young, handsome men…

    Everybody knows you're the one to call
    >> Everybody knows you’re the one to ask for sex
    When the girls get ugly round the back of the wall
    >> When other girls are not interested in sex because of drug usage

    Josephine says you got bleedin nose
    >> Josephine says you have cocaine connections

    Shes takin it with her wherever she goes
    >> Josephine will stay in touch with her in order to get cocaine

    Hey flathead don't check me in
    >> Flathead, don’t ask me for sex

    Well hers is a tonic and mine is a gin
    >> we are not compatible

    They don't come much more slick than you
    >> Vaginas don’t come anymore lubricated than hers

    I'd drive your car if you ask me to
    >>I’d have sex with you if you ask

    Said the boy's not right in the head
    >> The boy’s confused about wheter to be involved with flathead

    So he stood and got a kickin instead til she said
    >> So he had sex with Flathead and then was rejected by Flathead until she went looking for a different boy to have sex with

    Bara bap bara ra ra ra bara bap bara ra ra ra......

    And she said the boy's not right in the head
    >> And then she rejects the next boy

    Then stood and said oh my god til she said
    >> She has an orgasm until she looks for a new sex partner

    Bara bap bara ra ra ra bara bap bara ra ra ra......
    TrueRockon February 19, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentObviously I should elaborate a little bit to put my interpretation into perspective. I’ve gotten quite a few questions regarding what I wrote. Admittedly I dashed it off in roughly 10 minutes. So, it is not perfect work.

    First of all, I consider the lyrics to be quite artful and I personally am quite impressed by the overall musical arrangement. I apologize if I’ve upset anyone with my interpretation, but I think the Fratellis have created a reasonably tasteful evocation of what part of the current generation Y alternative rock environment entails. Granted, it is not going to be competing with Raffi for the G rated music segment. Perhaps my writing is a little too direct to the point by using certain human anatomical vocabulary.

    I’m a Yank (specifically a Texan) and I wrote my interpretation for a Yank audience assuming they might be a little sketchy regarding Brit slang. So my blather at the beginning about Michael Flatley was just my attempt to explain to Yanks that there is a little history on the other side of the pond regarding the term Flathead. In the US, I think Flathead is used often to indicate someone of low intelligence (e.g. a cave man). I’m positive that is not what Flathead means in this song. It is obviously a name for a girl/women who has a pretty wild and uninhibited lifestyle. I think Brit mod/alternative rockers would use that term for individuals who are over-the-top and excessive like a Michael Flatley Flathead. As far as I know, the Brits do not have a widely used meaning for Flatheads other than what I mentioned.

    Now, as for the perhaps nonsense chorus of Bara bap bara ra ra ra. At first I did think it was just nonsense. But, then I remembered that Brits use the term in a number of ways. On further reflection, I think my Barazoku interpretation is wrong. I think perhaps Bara means penis and bab means vagina. I don’t think this is a matter of my mind being in the gutter. It seems pretty clear to me that the song at this point is about a girl uttering dirty slang during sexual orgasm. Also, ra ra is a common Brit utterance for where Yanks would exclaim yea yea. It’s been along time since I’ve hung-out with Brits, but I’m relatively sure about my latest interpretation and I checked it against some slang dictionaries.
    TrueRockon February 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone else hear the lyrics a little bit differently? In the first verse I hear:

    "Said I heard YOU kicked the boy until he bled AND YOU stood and said oh my God until she said"

    In the second verse I hear:

    "AND YOU stood and got a kicking instead until she said"

    In the very end I hear:

    "AND YOU stood and said oh my God until she said"


    lordkrunchon February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno comments... terrible.... no idea what it means but quality song neva the less!!
    rockandrollreidoon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm totally addicted to this song, really great!!
    ThrilledByMusicon November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe IPod Song!
    dueyfinsteron January 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about a night out with friends, on a weekend away. He just realises he is basically the lapdog of his girlfriend, but more pressing matters (the state of his friend after a fight) is of more concern then.
    dueyfinsteron January 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song!
    yerukion January 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwicked catchy lol
    colinodellon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic!
    elephant_seventhon January 31, 2007   Link

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