"The Sprawl" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
To the extent that I wear skirts and cheap nylon slips
I've gone native
I wanted to know the exact dimension of hell
Does this sound simple?
Fuck you, are you for sale?
Does 'fuck you' sound simple enough?
This was the only part that turned me on
But he was candy all over

Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more

I grew up in a shotgun row
Sliding down the hill
Out front were the big machines
Steel and rusty now, I guess
Out back was the river
And that big sign down the road
That's where it all started

Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
You can buy some more, more, more, more


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"The Sprawl" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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    General CommentThink its about prostitution. "come on down to the store" would be basicaly convinsin people to "buy" her. and then on the second first shes talking bout her past as its the reason this has happened...
    Davetheinvincibleon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love when she is talkin at the start when shes saying "Does 'Fuck you' sound simple enough?"
    al98on August 08, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningIn Sonic Youth's biography, "Goodbye 20th Century", Kim says that this song is a compilation of various mumblings of hookers and junkies on Eldridge Street, which she wrote down. Although, the placement of the phrases is really thought-provoking.
    burnincrossthebreezeon January 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell... I have read that it is a reference to WIlliam Gibson's novel, "Neuromancer", but the lyrics don't really support that...
    Jaydubon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, when I saw 'The Sprawl' that's what I immediately thought, but the lyrics aren't really related to it.
    Space_Caton October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics don't support any references to "Neuromancer".

    Prostitution, plain and simple. "Fuck you! Are you for sale?" is an expression of how the men call to her. "I've gone native" means that she's gotten used to prostitution.

    The third stanza (I grew up...started) is full of metaphors for a rough life, the life which drove her to prostitution(that's where it all started)

    "The Sprawl" could also mean the busy part of a city, usually the place where prostitutes work.
    rimiskaon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite sonic youth song! (it was my gateway drug.) I'm not so sure what it means, though the prostitution thing is convincing. It's just so awesome! i love it.
    twist-tieon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it could be a double entendre for prostitution and commercial consumption. That's how I see anyway, and it's really powerful. This may be my favourite Kim-on-vocals SY track.
    aangeleneon May 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere the f are the lyrics?

    thirsty_thursdayon November 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song has the best jam at the end ever. When Kim goes right up the neck of the bass and the guitars loop in and out, sublime
    goyasdogon March 14, 2013   Link

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