"Do It Clean" as written by and Ian Stephen/sergeant Mcculloch....
I've got a handful of this
What do I do with it?
I've got a barrel of this
What do I do with it?
I do it clean, I do it clean

Do it clean, do it clean
Know what I mean
Do it clean, do it clean
I know what I mean, I mean

Where am I going
Where have I been
Where are you going
Where have you been
I've been here, I've been there

I've been here, there, everywhere
Here there nowhere
Iszy bitzy witzy itzy everywhere
I've been here and I've been there
I'm clean

I had a handful of this
What did I do with it?
I had a barrel of this
What did I do with it?
I did it clean, I did it clean

Do it clean, do it clean
Know what I mean?
Do it clean, do it clean
I know what I mean


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"Do It Clean" as written by Leslie Thomas Pattinson Ian Stephen Mcculloch

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    General CommentHmm, what is it that Mac is doing clean? Not drugs, bearing in mind this was an early song, around 1980... if you've ever seen the Bunnymen live though, you'll know that it's traditional for people to 'point' their shirts at the band during this song. Because "washing your clothes" is as good a meaning for this song as any!
    Rich_Mon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNice try Rich, but you are way off. "Not drugs," huh. As if there were no drugs in the early 80s. LOL. Echo, New Order, etc. were all considered part of the new psychedelic scene back then. Take a listen to The Cutter and tell me what he means by mixing up the medicine.
    Tyrone Biggunson August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOops, meant to quote, brewing alternatives/what's in the bottom drawer/waiting for things to come from The Cutter. Mixing up the medicine is from Villiers Terrace.

    Either way, anyone who doesn't get these drug references is just fooling themselves.
    Tyrone Biggunson August 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Heeeeeroin, be the death of me...."
    Cynothoglyson January 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCoke again. Ian loved the stuff. You don't save your coke, you do it clean, the whole sack. Even if he had a barrel of it, he'd do the whole thing at once.
    Wonder Nedon August 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe protagonist of villiers terrace would seem to be expressing horror at a decadent scene...which (if true) would not necessary contradict any of the interpretations here.

    Bernard would usually sing "now that we've grown up together/they're all doing drugs with me" when they played "true faith" live (why he wouldn't put it on the LP, who knows). but i don't know which people he would have been referring to.
    foreverdroneon September 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"i've got a barrel of this..." ian's got a pretty big head.
    foreverdroneon September 14, 2008   Link

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