hot vinyl sweaty butt traffic jam casualty
dead stopped on highway 580
turns off the ignition, jumps out and chucks the key
says "sometimes I just don't like driving"
and I wonder what in the world
used needles, condoms, and cans full of Ready Whip
Death cigs and 40 dog mountains
red splattered paint on the sidewalk lined in tape
was someone's art final project
and I wonder what in the world
this pregnant shuffling basketcase family
three puppies, tie-dies, and hands out
their smiling dirty stoned faces ask for change
I mumble "sorry" and pass 6 more like them
I wonder what in the world
I've gotten used to the sweet, stinky smell of it
we talk like we're in a movie
best entertainment value for the buck
just push rewind and put in the next tape.
and wonder what in the world

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    General Commentthe lyrics to "what in the world" sound like they were inspired by 'falling down,' joel schumacher's portrait of modern-life in meltdown, which follows michael douglas, fired from his defense-industry job and enraged by freeway gridlock, as he abandons his car on an l.a. expressway and sets out for home on foot. he gets caught up in a series of neighborhood vignettes as he goes, involving various "what the f- is wrong with this world" moments, much as the protagonist of grotus's song does, and each of which douglas's character attempts to right in an increasingly unhinged fashion. 'luddite,' however, came out a year before schumacher's film, which makes the last four lines of "what in the world" kind of eerie.
    scooperon June 16, 2009   Link

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