"Lust For Life" as written by and Iggy Pop David Bowie....
Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine
He's gonna do another striptease
Hey man where'd you get
That lotion, I been hurting
Since I bought the gimmick
About something called love
Yeah something called love
That's like hypnotizing chickens
Well I am just a modern guy
Of course I've had it in the ear before
'Cause of a lust for life
'Cause of a lust for life
I'm worth a million in prizes
With my torture film
Drive a G.T.O.
Wear a uniform
All on a government loan
I'm worth a million in prizes
Yeah I'm through with sleeping on the
Sidewalk, no more beating my brains
With the liquor and drugs
With the liquor and drugs
Well I am just a modern guy
Of course I've had it in the ear before
'Cause of a lust for life
'Cause of a lust for life
I got a lust for life
Got a lust for life
Oh a lust for life
Oh a lust for life
A lust for life
I got a lust for life
I got a lust for life
Well I am just a modern guy
Of course I've had it in the ear before
'Cause of a lust for life
'Cause of a lust for life
'Cause of a lust for life
Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine
He's gonna do another striptease
Hey man where'd you get
That lotion? Your skin starts
Itching once you buy the gimmick
About something called love
Oh love love love
That's like hypnotizing chickens
Well I am just a modern guy
Of course I've had it in the ear before
'Cause of a lust for life
'Cause of a lust for life
Got a lust for life
Yeah a lust for life
I got a lust for life
Oh a lust for life
I got a lust for life
Yeah a lust for life
I got a lust for life
A lust for life
Lust for life, lust for life


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"Lust for Life" as written by Iggy Pop David Bowie

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  • +3
    General CommentIggy Pop was interviewed in the most recent Rolling Stone and was asked about this song. He said that the references to Johnny Yen and hypnotizing chickens were taken from William S. Burroghs works but it was about fighting heroin addiction.

    Iggy said the opening riff to the song, which Jet took some liberties with, was the opening intro to Armed Forces Television (done with morse code sounding beeps instead of guitars) that he and David Bowie were watching in Berlin.
    Pirtyfool22on May 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDIANE: You're not getting any younger, Mark. The world is changing, music is changing, even drugs are changing. You can't stay in here all day dreaming about heroin and Ziggy Pop.
    RENTON: It's Iggy Pop.

    DIANE: Whatever. I mean, the guy's dead anyway.

    RENTON: Iggy Pop is not dead. He toured last year. Tommy went to see him.

    trainspotting is a great movie. and yes, jet sucks.
    fnghon July 09, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about quitting heroin, as well as falling off the wagon and doing it again. "had it in my ear before" refers to shooting heroin - junkies often run out of spots to shoot up and they have to be creative in places to shoot up (in the ear, in between your toenail and toe, etc)
    taverneron November 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo all if you who said Jet ripped off this song, you're fucking morons. It's an old Motown beat. People were using it way before Iggy and Jet. Just listen to "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes, or "I'm Ready For Love" by Martha And The Vandellas. Don't get me wrong, I love Iggy, but even he isn't taking credit for the beat, or getting pissed at Jet for "stealing" it. Know you're music history.
    watermark10579on March 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthese callow teenagers and their paltry pursuits: fast cars, fast women, and fast fixes. the lust for life is the hedonist's excuse to find pleasure in every orifice of the world - sick bastards but i like the song
    shauncreaneyon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese lyrics are way off (they ARE pretty hard to interperet). I have the Lust for Life CD and they have the lyrics in the booklet, so I figure I'll write em out, since these are a bit off:

    here comes johnny yen again
    with liquor and drugs
    and the flesh machine
    he's gonna do another striptease
    hey man where'd you get that lotion?
    i been hurting since i bought the gimmick called love
    yeah something called love
    that's like hypnotizing chickens
    well i am just a moder guy
    of course i've had it in the ear before
    'cause of a lust for life
    'cause of a lust for life
    i'm worth a million in prizes
    with my torture film
    drive a g.t.o
    wear a uniform
    all on a government loan
    i'm worth a million in prizes
    yeah i'm through with sleeping on the sidewalk
    no more beating my brains
    no more beating my brains
    with liquor and drugs
    with liquor and drugs
    well i am just a modern guy
    of course i've had it in the ear before
    'cause of a lust for life
    'cause of a lust for life

    i got a lust for life
    got a lust for life
    oh a lust for life
    oh a lust for life
    a lust for life
    i got a lust for life
    i got a lust for life
    well i am just a modern guy
    of course i've had it in the ear before
    'cause of a lust for life
    'cause of a lust for life
    'cause of a lust for life
    well here comes johnny yen again
    with the liquor and drugs
    and the flesh machine
    i know he's gonna do another striptease
    hey man where'd you get that lotion?
    your skin starts itching once you buy the gimmick about something called love
    oh love love love
    that's like hypnotizing chickens
    well i am just a modern guy
    of course i've had it in the ear before
    'cause of a lust for life
    'cause of a lust for life
    got a lust for life
    yeah a lust for life
    i got a lust for life
    oh a lust for life
    yeah a lust for life
    i got a lust for life
    a lust for life
    lust for life
    lust for life...
    esrevernidellepSon May 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis this song to do with cleaning his act up?
    lixy_the_pyro_pixieon October 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes. it's about quitting smack (which iggy was trying to do back in '77). which makes it all the more ironic that it's in a carnival cruise line commercial
    Potatoes9000on December 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song goes so perfectly with the movie trainspotting, about getting on and off heroin. I kind of thought the line "of course I've had it in my ear before" was talking about shooting heroin in his ear.... although that's really strange.

    Jet sucks. What poseurs.
    Every time I see the Carnival Cruise Line commercial I start laughing. They market a cruise towards families that can afford to go on a cruise... do any of them listen to iggy pop? haha.
    plastic_sconeson September 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"DIANE: You're not getting any younger, Mark. The world is changing, music is changing, even drugs are changing. You can't stay in here all day dreaming about heroin and Ziggy Pop.
    RENTON: It's Iggy Pop.

    DIANE: Whatever. I mean, the guy's dead anyway.

    RENTON: Iggy Pop is not dead. He toured last year. Tommy went to see him. "


    AHAHAHA amazing, I have to see it! Yes this song is uber awesome!
    ralexandon November 19, 2009   Link

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