"Doctor's Orders" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Take one, to come
Doctor's orders, no more borders
Take one, make some
Feeling bolder, no more disorder

Mother's not to blame
She's feeling no pain
Doesn't feel the drain
She says it's not her brain

All right, no wrong
She used to be cleanin', now she's just dreamin'
She's right, you're wrong
She thinks it's the weather, feels light as a feather

Mother's such a mess
She forgets how to dress
She thinks she's lookin' her best
She's no longer depressed

Take one, bake one
Used to be tragic, now it's like magic
Just one, for fun
Mother's new pet, it's not hard to get

Mother came home today
Wearing a big bouquet
She threw her self away
She's taking up spanish ole


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"Doctor's Orders" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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    General CommentSounds like diet pill abuse. Reminds me of Requiem For a Dream.
    acousticrock87on April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhether it's diet pills or meth, this song is definitely about drug abuse of some sort. Really creepy and effective song.

    I've always loved the album Experimental Jet Set since the day it came out in 1994. But a lot of my friends who otherwise loved Sonic Youth couldn't get into the album. But when I would play them the version of this song with Thurston singing (on the Bull in the Heather single, now on The Destroyed Room comp.),they then realized how great this song is. This led to a re-listen of the Experimental Jet Set version, and a re-consideration of the whole album. They all eventually loved it.
    leamancon May 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMom is a meth addict that lost all control. One of the best Sonic Youth songs in my opinion. I love Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star.
    sonic_leaveson April 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlove this song. the instrumentals in the last minute and a half or so are so reflective.

    "she's taking up spanish ole" - great lyric
    jcooltrane83on March 01, 2011   Link

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