"Jocko Homo" as written by and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh....
They tell us that
We lost our tails
Evolving up
From little snails
I say it's all
Just wind in sails

Are we not men
We are Devo
Are we not men
D-E-V-O
Are we not pins
We are Devo

Monkey men all
In business suits
Teacher and critics
All dance the?

Are we not men
We are Devo
Are we not men
D-E-V-O
Are we not pins
We are Devo

D-E-V-O
(I must repeat)
D-E-V-O
(I must repeat)
D-E-V-O
(I must repeat)
D-E-V-O

Okay lets go


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"Jocko Homo" as written by Mark Allen Mothersbaugh

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  • +5
    General CommentActually, the members of Devo are (or were) very much against organized religion. They eschewed sentimentality and optimism and admitted that Mr. Spock was their idea of the perfect human. The lyrics of "Jocko Homo" result from the misconception that evolution is necessarily a change for the better and that it is possible to "devolve." In reality, "devolution" does not exist; any species-wide change is evolution, and it makes no sense for any species to "devolve" in the first place, since that would require it to become *less* suited to its environment. Even if humans gradually developed more simian features, it would still be evolution, despite being an atavistic change. This song is a criticism of human stupidity, not of evolution. The mention of God has nothing to do with any particular religion. As Kupo75 said, it doesn't matter whether or not God was involved with humanity; humans are still regressing, according to Devo. And yes, this song is an explanation of why the band chose to name themselves what they did.
    Xenomantidon February 22, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis also comes from an old anti-evolution tract Mark and Jerry found called "Jocko-Homo Heavenbound" by B. H. Shadduck. You can buy this online but it's insanely expensive.

    The "are we not men" chant comes from Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells, and Island of Lost Souls, the movie. The surgically-evolved animals, now in the forms of men, have a long litany they repeat to keep from reverting into their native, animal state. "What is the law? Not to spill blood, that is the law. Are we not men?" Oingo Boingo used this too, in their song "No Spill Blood."

    "Dancing the poot" was an art thing Jerry did in college with a friend, Jim Bubbi. Bubbi was dressed like a luchador and led around on a leash like a dog, as the character "Pootman." Meanwhile Jerry dressed in a hideous leather mask and butcher's jacket as Gorj, "he who is not always thus," kind of a god of depression. Anyway, Gorj would lead Pootman around art exhibits at the school and then point at an exhibit, at which point Pootman would hold his nose and do an "it stinks" dance.

    I'm not making that up.
    Dubious Meriton March 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI *heart* Devo, but are they like uber-religious or something?
    Y'know, 'God made man' etc.
    Hmmhr.
    and i'm sure they say 'are we not kings' at somepoint.
    oh well. devo are great. electro nonsense, that's what i like to hear.
    ImHittingOnMissVenton April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this is the true and best explanation of the theory of de-evolution and where it has taken us in society. Essentially, it explains how Devo got their name, and why they chose to name themselves as such.
    m.grrlon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOur society is decaying - it's slowly DEeVOlving. Soon we'll all be back to monkeys. Whether by God or not, man came into being through monkeys, and we'll die that way too.
    kupo75on January 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRead "The Beginning Was The End" by Oscar Kiss Maerth. Its where their entire philosophy comes from. Humans de-evolved from a species of brain-eating apes. Their diet increased the apes sex drives, brain size, agression and physical dexterity, but eventually caused insanity. We are the product of this de-evolutionary anomoly.
    auximineson July 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks - i have been beaten to the punch - i have no need to comment on this song. you folks are right on - very intelligent commentary.
    moikon October 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love the end of the song, before the final "We are Devo" part. One of the most persuasive and most addictive Devo songs.
    HowardTCoon April 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod, the live version's so goddamned different.
    Hassan i Sabbahon January 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my version of the Lyrics:
    they tell us that
    we lost our tails
    evolving up
    from little snails
    i say it's all
    just wind in sails

    are we not men?

    we are DEVO!

    we're pinheads now
    we are not whole
    we're pinheads all
    jocko homo

    are we not men?

    D-E-V-O

    monkey men all
    in business suits
    teachers and critics
    all dance the poot

    are we not men?

    we are DEVO!

    are we not men?

    D-E-V-O

    I Got A Rhyme that comes in a Riddle (OH-HI-OH)
    What's Round On The Ends: High in the middle? (OH-HI-OH)
    All Together Now:
    God made man but he used the monkey to do it.
    apes in the plan and we're all here to prove it
    I can walk like an ape
    talk like an ape.
    i can do what monkeys do.
    God made man but a monkey supplied the glue

    are we not men?
    we are DEVO!

    are we not men?
    we are DEVO!

    are we not men?
    we are DEVO!

    are we not men?
    we are DEVO!

    We Must Repeat
    D-E-V-O

    We Must Repeat
    D-E-V-O

    We Must Repeat
    D-E-V-O

    We Must Repeat
    OK LET'S GO

    Tailsfan2009on July 28, 2009   Link

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