"World Class Fad" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
Well you look fantastic in your cast-off casket
At least the thing still runs
This nine to five bullshit don't let you forget
Whose suicide you're on.
I'm the one you trust in
and the world owes you nothing
You really, really want it that bad
You gotta come get it
It's your life, go live it
'Round the corner, give it some gas
If you want it that bad
Be a world class fad
Remember leave a trail of crumbs
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Remember where you started from
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad
You wax poetic about things pathetic
As long as you look so cute
Believe these hills are starting to roll
Believe these stars are starting to shoot
If you want it that bad
Be a world class fad
Remember leave a trail of crumbs
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Remember where you started from
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad
And the pressures gonna build yeah
Higher and higher
Something's gotta move here
Ain't knocking on wood
You're foxin' the cove? Oh yeah
Don't be sad you're a world class fad
Well you look fantastic in your cast-off casket
At least the thing still flies
I believe this road is starting to wind
And where we're going, starting to hide
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Remember leave a trail of crumbs
You want it that bad
Be a world class fad
Remember where you started from
If you want it that bad
A world class fad
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad
Don't be sad
That you're a world class fad


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"World Class Fad" as written by Paul Westerberg

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    General CommentI truly believe Paul refers to "the world class fad" as looking fantastic in his/her gasket casket (at least the thing still runs). Makes more sense to me than cast-off casket and sound like a really cool way (true to Paul's form) to refer to a car.
    winkeron December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps about Kurdt Cobain (he didn't take kindly to it), or perhaps Paul's note to self.
    Quonseton April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWesterberg has said this song is not about a specific person(though the jacket he wears in the video is eerily similiar to the one Cobain wore in the Heart Shaped Box video), but more about one hit wonders in general.
    bafflewiton August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy wife and I are sure that it is "gassed up casket"; it is about a car.
    clovuson March 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the line "You wax poetic about things pathetic" Though I'm not sure what he means by 'wax' in this context, that line just really sticks out to me for some reason.
    AlexChilton17on April 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgassed up casket (not cast-off), makes more sense no ?

    Paul did say it was about him and tommy, rather than kurt.

    some great lines in there. basically a cautionary note. interesting that it should come on 14 songs, paul's attempt to clean up and make it big. mebbe deep down he did think it was all bullshit :)


    maqsimillionon April 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAlways thought that this was Paul writing about himself and his "legendary" status amongst the music critics. Never really one to believe in his so called "genius" status, maybe he thought it was all over in terms of the fame he achieved as a Mat. He now has to go it alone..and...was all the glory heaped upon him just a FAD propogated by the critics?

    Fear of failure, but he is trying to drum up the confidence he needs going forward as a solo artist perhaps realizing he wont be able to hide behind the "Cute" drunken sloppiness that the Mats were.

    "the pressure is gonna build ya" ...."somethings gotta move here". Thats him saying "Gotta get my shit together or else I am 9-5 bound.

    or not:)

    PappyHabon August 12, 2010   Link

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