"Drum" as written by and John Patrick Vivian Flynn....
Mr Drum was here yesterday, he knows just what he needs
And gives what he's got to the thump of his creed:

Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse,
Good looking corpse

In a witch doctor's den, in a shanty shebeen
From the echoes of laughter I know where he's been
From the liquor you've drunk and the air that you breathe
Is the tap of his typing, is the sweat from his sleeve

Live fast, die young, Leave a good looking corpse,
Good looking corpse

On the corners of streets where a dash to the tail
Is provoking a malice as sharp as a nail
And a wit he has slain with an eye full of ink
Is a stab in the dark and a push to the brink

Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse,
Good looking corpse

Oh DRUM I was glad, I was glad in your beat
Oh DRUM I was moved by your love of your street
Oh DRUM I was glad, I was glad in your beat
Oh DRUM I was moved by your love of your street

And if you have gone then I'll summon you back
With the reach of your spirit past the white and the black
Tell me please, tell me Henry, tell me ever and more
Tell your son, tell your daughter, and open the door

Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse
Good looking corpse

I'm a hag and I'm hooked
(Live fast, die young)
I'm down and I'm in
(Live fast, die young)
I'm a world without water
(Live dast, die young)
I'm fat and I'm thin
(Leave a good looking corpse)
I'm a story you told
(Live fast, die young)
I'm the promise that you sound
(Live fast, die young)
I'm the day without water
(Live fast, die young)
I'm the world that I want
(Leave a good looking corpse)

Live fast die young, leave a good looking corpse
Good looking corpse

Oh DRUM I was glad, I was glad in your beat
Oh DRUM I was moved by your love of your street
Oh DRUM I was glad, I was glad in your beat
Oh DRUM I was moved by your love of your street
Oh DRUM I was glad, I was glad in your beat
Oh DRUM I was moved by your love of your street
Oh DRUM I was glad, I was glad in your beat
Oh DRUM I was moved by your love of your street


Lyrics submitted by Macphisto12, edited by skennedy97

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  • +1
    General CommentThe line is "in a witch doctor's den, in a shanty shabeen" - a shabeen's a little drinking house.

    I'm sure it's based around the Drum magazine in south africa which helped to try and get rights for black people back in the 30's onwards, and one of the reporters Henry Nxumalo.
    There's a book about it, laurahird.com/newreview/…
    MJMullanon April 01, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's 100% about DRUM magazine, a South African apartheid-era magazine that did investigative journalism and showcased the vibrant black culture. 'Mr. Drum' was the nickname of one of the journalists, Henry Nxumalo, and 'live fast die young leave a good looking corpse' was the DRUM journalists' mantra.
    skennedy97on July 14, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI was reading Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray and immediately thought of this song. "Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse" represents Dorian's desire to remain youthful while his picture takes on the consequences of his sins. "Tell me please tell me Henry" probably refers to the character Lord Henry Wotton who corrupts Dorian with his philosophies. I like to think the drum references refer to Dorian's love of music and how it always moves him, but he can never express that feeling in words.
    nerakinon August 18, 2010   Link

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