"Joan Crawford" as written by Christine Flores, J. Rigg, David R. Roter, Albert Bouchard, Andre Christopher Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Paul D. Beauregard and Jordan Houston....
Junkies down in Brooklyn are going crazy
They're laughing just like hungry dogs in the street
Policemen are hiding behind the skirts of little girls
Their eyes have turned the color of frozen meat

No, no no no, no no no no no no no no,
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave

Catholic schoolgirls have thrown away their mascara
They chain themselves to the axles of big Mack trucks
The sky is filled with hurt and shivering angels
The fat lady lives! Children, start your trucks!

No, no no no, no no no no no no no no,
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave

(Christina, mother's home!
No, no
Christina
No, no, no, no
Come to Mother
No, no, no, no, no no no no no no
Christina)

Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
Joan Crawford has risen


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"Joan Crawford" as written by J. Rigg Christine Flores

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  • +1
    General CommentUm, no Figuroa. Christina was the little girl Joan Crawford [movie star from the late -20s to -50s] had adopted (along with a little boy). After Joan's death in the late -70s, the adult Christina wrote a novel, "Mommie Dearest", that was about growing up in the Crawford house and being subjected to verbal and physical abuse from Joan. It was later made into a movie in the -80s. I think parts of this song are about Christina's torment ("Catholic schoolgirls throw away their mascara" - there was a part in the novel where Christina had to live in a convent because she was caught making out with a boy at her private school, and Joan insisted she be locked away, if I remember correctly) The last half of this song from the "Christina" whisperings is pretty self-explanatory - Joan acted like a monster that Christina feared. The first half however, is just plain ol' BOC goodness :)
    severedstaron October 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written by Albert Bouchard and someone else not in BOC (I forget who) during a difficult time in one of AL's marriages. The guys were up all night working on another song and Al's wife came in and read them the riot act. The guy working with Al said something to the extent of "Joan Crawford has risen from the grave" in reference to Al's wife.

    The basis for the song anyway. What it means to me is that the biatch lives.
    balthazaron March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother song with my name in it :)
    tinamarieon February 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNO!!!!!!!!!
    YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD!
    OS Was Hereon June 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho the heck is Christina...
    Cops doin what..in NY?
    vpmion April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJoan Crawford wasn't fat, though.
    nemton July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyway, correct lyrics:

    Junkies down in Brooklyn are going crazy
    They’re laughing just like hungry dogs in the street
    Policemen are hiding behind the skirts of little girls
    Their eyes have turned the color of frozen meat

    No, no, no, no
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave

    Catholic schoolgirls have thrown away their mascara
    They chain themselves to the axles of big Mack trucks
    The sky is filled with herds of shivering angels
    The fat lady laughs, “Gentlemen, start your trucks!”

    No, no, no, no
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave

    Christina
    Mother’s home No, no, no, no
    Christina No, no, no, no, no, no
    Come to mother No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
    Christina No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave

    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen from the grave
    Joan Crawford has risen


    (taken from the band's official website:
    blueoystercult.com/Studio/lyrics/…)
    nemton July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis almost sounds like a Jim Steinman song (wrote much of Meat Loaf's better known songs, and many others) with the heavy piano and metaphorical lyrics.

    I know he had nothing to do with it, but still interesting.
    Gatecrashron October 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it is about Joan Crawford coming back to haunt her daughter who was disobedient. Joan Crawford was accused by Christina Crawford (adopted daughter) of beating Christina as a child.
    trevtrev22on April 01, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it is about Joan Crawford coming back from the dead and haunting the so called girl named "Christina". I think Christina some how took part in killing Joan Crawford, and Joan came back to seek revenge. It also may be that Joan is Christina's mother, see verse 5.
    Figuroaon August 10, 2005   Link

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