"Mongoloid" as written by and Gerald V Casale....
Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
Happier than you and me

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
And it determined what he could see

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
One chromosome too many

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
And it determined what he could see

And he wore a hat
And he had a job
And he brought home the bacon
So that no one knew

He was a mongoloid

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
His friends were unaware

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
Nobody even cared

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
One chromosome too many

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
And it determined what he could see

And he wore a hat
And he had a job
And he brought home the bacon
So that no one knew

He was a mongoloid

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
Happier than you and me

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
And it determined what he could see

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
One chromosome too many

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
And it determined what he could see

And he wore a hat
And he had a job
And he brought home the bacon
So that no one knew

He was a mongoloid
He was a mongoloid


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"Mongoloid" as written by Gerald Casale

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  • +11
    General CommentInterestingly enough, not only was Mongoloid a term originally used to describe Down's Syndrome, but John Langdon Down (the guy they named the syndrome after) believed that it it was a result of a sort of genetic de-evolution, which was why it caused White people to take on "Mongoloid" characteristics (It was the 19th century, so I think at that time they believed that Asians were less evolved that Whites/Caucasians).

    I think what the song means is that this guy, whether through a medical condition or, more probably, as a metaphor, is so underdeveloped could be considered mentally retarded, but no one notices because culture has de-evolved so much that he fits right in.

    The point is that you don't have to be smart in order to function in society, you just have to be able to fit in with the corporate/consumer culture, which can easily be done, probably best of all, by someone with surprisingly little intelligence. SO as a culture we're all de-evolving...

    I'm kind of reminded of the song "Plastic Man" by the Kinks. Similar theme.
    PursuitofLifeon April 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYou're close. Mongoloid is actually a now un-PC term describing someone afflicted with Down Syndrome.See: "one chromosome too many", referring to trisomy 21, as nicole said. Keeping with early Devo philosophy, I'd say this is a cynical take on *gasp* the de-evolution undergone by humanity in respect to society, either as a result of, or more like a response to the "Mongoloid" being able to assimiliate into society without anyone noticing.

    In other words: we're all getting dumb due to lack of natural selection, and the Mongoloid is obviously what should not have been selected.
    permanentlapseon March 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've always seen this, as the song saying the guy was an absolute idiot and the writer being bemused of how nobody could notice such a blatantly obvious thing.

    However, I've read some interesting theories that it's commending a mentally disabled person for being able to lead a normal life.

    I prefer my original theory though, its a lot more cynical and Devo-like.
    Fauxpoeton February 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKiller Song. One of Devo's best.
    neontempeston October 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrisomy 21 HEH!
    nicoleon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song.
    EYEBAWon July 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTis, tis.
    TaintedGloveon October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout Mongolia. and how, despite their domination over most of asia and europe at one point, are now forced to live simple lives. When they should totally be killing your ass.
    ilikestuffandyouon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPermanentlapse is right. "Mongoloid" was once a well-known term for describing someone with down-syndrome.
    I also agree with how he describes it.
    BoojiBoyon February 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think the protagonist of the song is a literal down's syndrome patient - to me it seems like the song addresses an average hat-wearing, job-having, bacon-winning member of society: and what an idiot he is.
    Dogplatteron December 23, 2006   Link

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