"Dirty Boots" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
Here we go to another candle I know
All the girls there playin' on a jelly roll

Time to take a ride, time to take it in a midnight eye
And if you want to go, get on below
Pinking out the day, dreaming out the crazy way
Finger on the love, it's all above

Everywhere it's six-sex-six by luck
A satellite wish will make it just enough
You'll be making out with a witch in a coffee truck

Time to rock the road and tell the story of the jelly rollin'
Dirty boots are on, hi di ho
Pinking out the black, dreaming in a crack
Satan got her tongue, now it's undone

I got some dirty boots, yeah dirty boots
I got some dirty boots, baby
Dirty boots


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"Dirty Boots" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +4
    General Commentooh first post

    yeah i just downloaded this guy for the first time today. here's what i think:

    the first main point is the jelly roll; it's mentioned once in the first stanza and once in the second, and not strongly linked itself to anything else on first glance, so its the sparsest element that describes the world in the song.

    the most obvious theme comes through in the sexual atmosphere. words like sex, crack, tongue, finger, making out, but more importantly the feminine - pink - sexual aspect.

    hi de ho is also important. it links with the title - dirty boots - to give the sense of a labourer's work. the truck adds to this.

    finally, a christian-evil mood is partly included, with the words satan and witch, and the number of the beast. rather than being a particularly christian element i think it's probably just there to make you feel uncomfortable.

    the narrative part runs weakly chronologically from early to late night every night in this world. the candle is what attracts you to find sex, like a workshift whistle. the jelly roll is nothing but pure sweetness, the one that will make you soft if you eat it every day. the ride is an invitation - if you wanna go - but resonating with the midnight eye, which means the female sex as much as it does privacy, it seems to become the object, your ride for the night. the ride, or method of transport to and from the candle, is sexualised this way as well, as is entering the vehicle - get on below. pink as a verb, pinking out as the method, suggests a lifestyle of becoming pink and nothing more, a living pink dream. the phrase 'the crazy way' makes you feel yourself in that situation, bringing you into the pink momentarily. finger on the love seems like you have love exactly where you want it, where your finger touches the pink.

    the second stanza uses the mechanics of the situation more, and builds on the suffocation from the first, while adding the element of seeming to describe the whole system. i couldnt get six-sex-six for a bit, but it's 666-sex, wrong sex. by luck, and satellite wish refer to the mechanism of encounter: first and foremost, you have relinquished control over the specifics, and you always have a list of numbers if your luck is down - make it just enough. this desperate scramble, and chaotic effects, also come through in the next line; the witch in the coffee truck. the phrase rock the road sounds like rock and roll to me, and suggests this as the origin of this whole culture. the social aspect, or where this culture opens into standard social relations, is the recounted tale of the jelly rollin.

    also: the title has the second image of the dirty fuck-me boots.

    i think that's about it...

    in terms of the sound, the verse riff evokes an old and pervertedly-designed machine, and thurstons voice for most of the song seems breathy and impotent, lending the whole thing the image of a system for spaying humans, but one that people work towards keeping in place. the anger in his voice and the guitars at the end suggest that everyone knows this at some level - or at least the listener does now, and the frustration comes through in the gap between the two themes combined in the title - dirty boots for fucking, dirty boots for labouring.

    whaddaya think?
    freeter mcbeanon December 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti read an interview with thurston moore when this album was released and he said this single was basically about slam dancing and youth culture....or something like that. awesome song.
    milhouse73on June 17, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenton the 'goo interview flexi' track at the end of the second disc of the Goo deluxe reissue thurston says it is about 'being on the road' etc.
    wiggy52on October 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd could this possibly be about how the 'alternative' guys (I have just seen the video, by the way), with 'dirty boots' that make me think about Doc Martens and the grunge era, go to concerts and treat them like any other people treat discos: just to make out? I guess there is a bit of sarcastic tone to the lyrics.
    ynkaon February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGREAT song
    Anodyneon January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to have the lyrics to this one memorized. As far as I can tell they are near nonsense lyrics. If someone can give me some insight as to what they mean, I would like to hear it.
    TonyInPortlandon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favourite SY song! I get chills everytime it comes to the screaming part.

    Although i wonder what jelly roll means. Ive always wondered since i first heard the term used in Van Morrison's "And It Stoned Me"
    King of Some Islandon December 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJelly roll's sex, something/someone sexy; old blues slang, covers a lot of ground--all of it either wet or throbbing one.
    Blind Opiuson April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjelly roll = Goo...maybe

    ha ha the video is so korney in parts with is foggy screen and cute grunge boys... well not so cute but grunge boys none the less
    apparently they all wearing thurston's t-shirts
    i'm not actually that wizz bang with the know how thats just what it says on the dvd
    hazzamatazzaon July 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah! It's about rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Cool song!
    Gorgoyleon June 07, 2010   Link

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