"Lick My Decals Off, Baby" as written by and Don Van Vliet....
Rather than I want to hold your hand,
I want to swallow you whole
'N I want to lick you everywhere it's pink
'N everywhere you think
Whole kit 'n kaboodle 'n the kitchen sink
Heaven's sexy as hell
Life is integrated,
Goes together so well
'N so on
Well, I'm gonna go on 'n do my washing
Well, now you may think I'm crazy but I want you to
Lick my decals off baby
'N I don't want you to be lazy

'Cause it's drivin' me crazy
'N this song ain't no sing-song
It's all about the birds 'n the bees
'N where it went all wrong
'N where it all belongs
'N the earth all go down on their knees
Lookin' for ah little ease
She stuck out her toungue 'n the fun begun
She stuck out her toungue 'n the fun begun
She stuck it out at me, 'n I just thumbed my nose
'N went on washing my clothes

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"Lick My Decals Off, Baby" as written by Don Van Vliet

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    General CommentBlow job!
    jjustlikehoneyyon September 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts not about blowjobs (as many believe) its about dropping acid. Decals are small pictures or drawings; tabs of acid always have a cartoon picture on. You take acid by placing the tab on your tongue, thus the reference to licking and the like "she stuck out her tongue and the fun begun"
    Armitage Shankson October 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI dunno, it may not be "about" oral sex, but that's totally a major aspect of it. "everywhere that's pink 'n everywhere you think", "down on their knees", "all about the birds and the bees" and all that. I consider the opening lines a statement of intent - this ain't no Beatles song, you and I are gonna get rutty!
    ozacroton January 20, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't really think this song is about taking acid. From what I can tell Don wasn't a big proponent of drugs. And yeah, LSD sometimes comes with pretty pictures, I don't think just having a picture on something qualifies it as a decal.

    A decal is like a little sticker that you put on something (model airplane for example). Yeah, that model plane may look like the real deal with all those cool decals on it, but the decals are just a thin, artificial mask that only hides what really is. Beneath all the stickers, it's just a hunk of plastic.

    I think Beefheart is using decals as a metaphor for the masks we wear and the personas we portray in social situations. It's only when you get rid of the decals, that you get to the true nature of yourself.

    I also agree with ozacrot that the sexual aspect of this song was intended. "I want to lick you everywhere it's pink 'N everywhere you think". You may say I have a dirty mind but I know what I'M thinking...

    And that nod to the Beatles is a great opener for both the song and the entire album. It lets you know just what kind of ride you've strapped yourself in for.
    earthlycitizenon June 13, 2012   Link

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