I got up this morning
And I put on my shoes
I tied my shoes
Then I washed my face
I went to the mirror
For to comb my head
I made a move
Didn't know what to do
I tipped way forward
Got to break and run

Baby, this ain't me
Baby, this ain't me
Got so ugly I don't even know myself

I left Angola
1964
Go walking down my street
Knock on my baby's door
My baby come out
She asks me who I am
And I say, honey,
Don't you know your man?
She said my man's been gone
Since 1942
And I'll tell you Mr. Ugly,
He didn't look like you


Lyrics submitted by acidmaniac, edited by Mellow_Harsher


Grown So Ugly (Robert Pete Williams cover) song meanings
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    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong here, and by making the needed change, the meaning of this song becomes much more obvious. It's not "left and gone, 1964" but actually "left Angola, 1964" -- referring to Angola State Prison in Louisiana, one of the largest and most notoriously brutal prisons in the United States.

    This song was originally written by Robert Pete Williams but popularized by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. This Black Keys version is a cover of the Captain Beefheart version.

    The song is told from the point of view of a man who has just been released from prison after 22 years. He's basically singing about the negative changes he has gone through in prison (grown so ugly) and about how the woman he loves can barely recognize him.
    athomeinmygalaxieon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPretty straight forward I think, he left his wife in 1942, he comes back in 1964, she doesnt "know" him.

    Great song, love the tempo changes.

    this song live was amazing.
    tsnydermtgon March 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. It rocks. athomeinmygalaxie - nice addition!

    I recently asked my husband why he can't ever say anything nice to me -- "You're not pretty" was his answer. When I got mad he asked "Do you want me to lie?" and I asked, "Do I have to be married to you?" Anyway --- at least I have an AWESOME theme song!!!
    FLY2venuson November 20, 2008   Link

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