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The punishment fits the crime
Nothing beats mutilation
Humiliations a disease
Nothing beats humiliation
Nothing beats ya like a cop with a club
Nothing beats ya like a cop in jail
Nothing beats their heads like a cop with a club
Nothing beats their heads in like a cop in jail
Nothing hurts ya like a cop with a club
Nothing beats ya like a cop with a club (in jail)
Nobody rapes them like a cop with his club
Nothing hurts ya like a cop when he's done
Nobody beats'em like a cop in jail
Nobody burns them like a cop with a match
When he burns them he's like a cop in jail
Nobody burns their skin like a cop with a match
Nobody has as much fun as a cop when he burns
BURNS
Humiliation's a disease
(When he burns me)
Burns me
Hurts me
Heat hurts me
Hurts me


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  • +1
    General CommentActually, one of the lines is "nobody has more fun than a cop".

    Ironic, brutal reflection on the dynamics of power. Good song, though.
    Cynothoglyson January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFurthermore, the lyrics of live versions tended to be even more perverse and vicious, as did the hysterical delivery... Scary stuff.
    Cynothoglyson June 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would say it's about police brutality. Just a hunch.

    Sadly, this might be more relevant now than in 1984. Or perhaps, 1984 is today! (See what I did there?)
    MTDon April 29, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe punishment fits the crime
    Nothing beats mutilation
    Humiliations a disease
    Nothing beats humiliation
    Nothing beats ya like a cop with a club
    Nothing beats ya like a cop in jail
    Nothing beats their heads like a cop with a club
    Nothing beats their heads in like a cop in jail
    Nothing hurts ya like a cop with a club
    Nothing beats ya like a cop with a club (in jail)
    Nobody rapes them like a cop with his club
    Nothing hurts ya like a cop when he's done
    Nobody beats'em like a cop in jail
    Nobody burns them like a cop with a match
    When he burns them he's like a cop in jail
    Nobody burns their skin like a cop with a match
    Nobody has as much fun as a cop when he burns
    BURNS
    Humiliation's a disease
    (When he burns me)
    Burns me
    Hurts me
    Heat hurts me
    Hurts me
    FaaipDeOaidon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, almost “melodic” in the context of early Swans. I love the way Gira keeps on repeating the words “heat hurts” for nearly 4 minutes and changes the pitch of his voice from brutal powerful screaming to shrieks for help to exhausted, tortured whispering. This is a musical rendering of beating someone slowly and systematically to death.

    By the way, here I see some slight inconsistencies with what is actually sung and printed in the lyric sheet that came with the CD.
    slow pulse boyon July 30, 2008   Link

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