"Before The Kiss, A Redcap" as written by Sandy Pearlman and Donald Roeser....
So grab your rose and ring side seat,
We're back home at Conry's bar
The blond girl with her tattoo,
Reds and wine, cokes of course

Oh my suzy, my suzy,
Why did we ever start
It's morning now, you'd never know
The gin, the gin, glows in the dark, glows in the dark

And underneath, the black light,
Underneath it all
Four and forty redheads meet,
Come to doom 'til the dawn

With threats of gas and rose motif
Their lips apart like a swollen rose
Their tongues extend, and then retract
A redcap, a redcap, before the kiss, before the kiss.

Doors like flint and window panes
An endless shadow bar
The owner's boys have gone to work
To stop big deals behind the bar

While outside on the turnpike
They got this new hit tune
Where thrills become as cheap as gas
And gas as cheap as thrills

One thrill and mundane here at last
Expect the cross one more
Lecherous invisible
Beware the limping cat

Whose black teeth grip between loose jaws
Still ripe and fully bloomed
A rose that's not from anywhere
That you would know or I would care

And the owners boys act most cheerfully
Back home at Conry's bar
When their patrons' thoughts at last
Grow too big for their skulls

And awful things are happening
We've let this drama fold
And now the time has come at last
To crush the motif of the rose.

So grab your rose and ring side seat
We're back home at Conry's bar
The blond girl with her tattoo
Reds and wine, cokes of course

Oh my suzy, my suzy
Why did we ever start
It's morning now, you'd never know
The gin, the gin, glows in the dark, glows in the dark


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    Song MeaningIf you read some interviews at the time the album came out, this song deals with Conry's Bar west, but also adds the idea that there is a secret organization called "the motif of the rose" there that passes drugs through kisses, in a sort of initiation ritual.

    Oh, and "Gin glows in the dark" refers to an event that actually happened at the bar while the band was playing there. Someone spilled a drink and it glowed in the dark.
    internalnoiseon November 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a real place 'Conry's Bar' where BOC played as the house band and Sandy Pearlman (lyricist for some BOC songs) witnessed a few unusual events. One of them being the exchange of a "redcap" barbituate between two people via a kiss.
    balthazaron February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, this song is called "Before the Kiss, A Redcap"
    radicaledward76on June 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song seem to me about parting all night with "Suzy" the blond girl. Reds and Wine(Seconal and Wine) cokes(Cocaine) . The Gin glows in the dark - Gin glows under a black-light for some reason and the black light is mentioned in the next line. It sounds like a crazy night of partying till morning!
    JimiTheFooton September 25, 2013   Link

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