"The Super Thing" as written by and Mark Allen/casale Mothersbaugh....
Today what does it take to do the super thing
I'll tell you what it takes a very simple thing
Iron nerves like the pilot of a jumbo jet
Or a girl on the go who hasn't got there yet

Magnetic trumpets blowing
Synthetic saxophone
The evidence kept growing
From below

Hidden motivations
Buried in the past
Still gives us strength
For the super thing

The red alarm a rude surprise every time it rings
Means it's time to go beyond the normal thing
Pay attention and be prepared to do it right
The super thing the thing that makes you bigger than life
Won't you tell me what it takes
To do the super thing

Signals start to travel from a distant place
Lights go out electro shock then pleasure pain
Sensations unfamiliar can make you sick
It's a superhuman thing and it does the trick

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"The Super Thing" as written by Mark Mothersbaugh Gerald Casale


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    Song MeaningIn its initial demo as "Psychology of Desire" (which contains the same "magnetic trumpets/hidden motivations" lyrics), this song was a commentary on the primal sexual urges of the human species.
    However, in this re-written form, the song also doubles as a commentary about the guy who's job it was/is to be the one to push the "big red button" and launch the nuclear holocaust (I don't remember where, but I read this on the Internet in a Q&A session with Devo member Jerry Casale).
    Either way, it's still a good song!
    truckin72on April 06, 2014   Link

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