"Prime Time Deliverance" as written by and Matthew Good....
The red, red lips
Of some secret solution
The Central Intelligence Agency
Has a file that's a mile longer than peace

She's naked on the phone
Watching them back
No eyes, just their stupid grins
They long to be liberal mannequins

And in their tiny room
They eat Chinese food
And they don't call their wives
Cause the girl in the window is
Pressing her breasts up against the window pane
The guy they're after on the floor below her is
Cutting cocaine
Higher than the building

A one way trip
Whoever thought she'd miss
The ins and outs of oxygen
The darkest side of the biggest goddamn ride
You've ever been on

Her mother loves that show
Even though she never gets the answers right
It's easier to play along
Sometimes more than being wrong

They found her in her room
Wearing a pink bunny suit
And sour cherry lipstick
Hanging from the closet door
Her eyes were wide maybe to despise
Maybe just to look into your
Headlight, morning glow
Headlighht, morning glow

And this is it, this is it
Prime time deliveranve
Prime time deliverance
And this is it, this is it
Prime time deliveranve
Prime time

That you have and you hold
If you have then you hold
That you have and you hold
If you have then you hold
That you have and you hold
If you have then you hold
If you have then you hold

And she says the best thing you can do
Is hang around for a while


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"Prime Time Deliverance" as written by Matthew Good

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    General CommentI love this song, I wish MGB would've played it live. His lyrics paint a perfect picture about a girl committing suicide. It gives me goose bumps everytime.
    daisie_bfaon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI thing this song has something to do with T.V., and how we blow off our friends and family just to watch a black box. In the song, the mother sits down to watch some mind-numbing T.V. show instead of spending time with her daughter, who eventually committs suicide. REALLY great song.
    blenderon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing, i agree with blender on how it's based on tv's corruption of mind and the potential threat that can ensue because of it, in this case, a daughters (telephone)prostitution, drug uses, and eventual suicide
    menaceon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song refer to a girl doing a drug overdose. Drug is her "Prime time Deliverance" that will ultimately kill her. I refer to those lyrics:

    "A one way trip
    Who ever thought she'd miss
    The ins and outs of oxygen
    The darkest side of the biggest God damn ride
    You've ever been on"

    But this is only my opinion
    Netman_on February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOkay...this may sound weird but whatever...he says "They found her in her room
    Wearing a pink bunny suit
    In sour cherry lipstick
    Hanging from the closet door"

    then at the end of the song he says "And she says the best thing you can do
    Is hang around for a while"

    so this girl hangs her self then he says "she says the best thing you can do is hang around for a while"...very smart...disturbing...but smart
    ti.amo.raineon October 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPrime Time Deliverance contains multiple stories. the overlying theme is television, and how it blends seamlessly fact and fiction. news reports blend into soap operas blend into game shows blend into sitcoms.

    the girl committing suicide heavily references Good's short story "How Debbie Parks drowned in cherry Jell-O". the story deals with the trivialness of life and how pointless death can be. this basically fills the "fiction" part of Prime Time Deliverance. it adds a lot of drama and emotion to the song, while the "fact" parts about the C.I.A. and criminal investigations make the song seem more grounded in reality.

    i have very little doubt about the above statements because they have been backed up by evidence in Good's book ("At Last There Is Nothing Left To Say") and in interviews with Good. the following is my own speculation.

    Prime Time Deliverance doesn't really preach about the evils of television, but merely portrays some aspects of it in a vivid and realistic manner. the drama with the drugs and death aren't a result of TV, merely what's on TV.

    and yes, it's an amazing song. my favourite, i'd say.
    asmodion February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe best part of the song is the
    "They found her in her room
    Wearing a pink bunny suit
    In sour cherry lipstick
    Hanging from the closet door
    Her eyes were wide maybe to despise
    Maybe just to look into your head light
    Morning glow"
    In my opinion. The way Matt sings these ingenious lyrics with such passion i think has made me cry once before. So powerful...
    stublisson February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentListening to this song makes me never want to do anything bad ever again...it's touching...
    The cageon March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always turn this one way up in the car. Gives me the chills. Every time.
    Michael13on July 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"One way trip"

    How strikingly simple and clever.

    I just love his voice when he sings "your head light, morning glow", it's so young and characteristic of his sound.

    This song isn't the one that sticks it to me in the heart... Change of Season demands of me to take those few minutes and reflect
    starlight28on May 05, 2009   Link

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