You know, the sun is in your eyes
And hurricanes and rains
and black and cloudy skies.

You're running up and down that hill.
You turn it on and off at will.
There's nothing here to thrill
or bring you down.
And if you've got no other choice
You know you can follow my voice
through the dark turns and noise
of this wicked little town.

Oh Lady, luck has led you here
and they're so twisted up
they'll twist you up. I fear.

the pious, hateful and devout,
you're turning tricks til you're turned out,
the wind so cold it burns,
you're burning out and blowing round.
And if you've got no other choice
you know you can follow my voice
through the dark turns and noise
of this wicked little town.

The fates are vicious and they're cruel.
You learn too late you've used two wishes
like a fool

and then you're someone you are not,
and Junction City ain't the spot,
remember Mrs. Lot
and when she turned around.
And if you've got no other choice
You know you can follow my voice
through the dark turns and noise
of this wicked little town.


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    General CommentDid anyone not understand the lines about "Mrs. Lot" in the last verse? It's a reference to the biblical myth (see my comment on "The Origin of Love" from 05-04-2002 @ 12:56AM) of Sodom and Gommorah. Remember now? God spared Lot and his family, but told them not to turn around and look back. When his wife did, God turned her into a "pillar of salt" (Harsh, huh?). The moral of this tale I guess is, "Don't look back". This reference to Sodom is given a whole new meaning, though when you consider that the star/director, songwriter and certain characters of this film are all "Sodomites"!
    Bite Meon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti relate to this song a lot, because both my boyfriend and myself belong in the city but we're stuck in suburbia for the time being and all we have is each other..
    dragon_eyedon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe breeders do a wonderful version of this song that I commend people to check out.

    The song itself teaches something very powerful and important.

    'And they're so twisted up, They'll twist you up, I fear". So often you run into people and you don't realise how crazy they are until you are so far deep you begin to lose bits and pieces of yourself ("And then you're someone you are not"). Its sad because these people could be your brothers or sisters ... and they make you want to hate them. Then, you start turning, start changing and turning into those exact same people you didn't want to become. What a little wicked town.
    issipopon August 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI was rahter confused about that line...so thanks. In my opinion, this is probably the best song on the album. It just totally transports me to another place...but then again, what song isn't amazing on the soundtrack? They all have such a profound meaning, and they leave me wishing I could express myself so well through words, and music...
    EverythingZenon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is the song that pretty much means more to me than any other. I almost can't analyze it, it's just so beautiful and truly speaks to the emotions instead of the intellect.

    I can just relate to this so much. Get me in the right mood, and even after listening to it "on a loop, for three days" it can still make me cry.

    Anyone who has a personality for the big city but is stuck in a "wicked little town" could relate. On the DVD making of feature, Stephen Trask talked about writing this song while staying in a "wicked little town" and imagining what it would be like for a character like Hedwig to be in such an environment.

    Anyone who has been dealt bad hands in life ("The fates are vicious and they're cruel") and has played the best they know how with it could relate.

    Though Hedwig is singing this to Tommy, I think it's much more about Hedwig's character. ("You're turning tricks til you're turned out", "And then you're someone you are not," etc. are all about Hedwig in my point of view.) Then again, aren't both characters one whole?

    This is the song that gives me hope that I'll leave my own "Junction City" one day and that I'll have the courage to not look back. ("Remember Mrs. Lot and when she turned around.") Until then, it'll serenade me "through the dark turns and noise of this wicked little town."

    (Hey, about the movie--has anyone ever noticed the "two wishes" are in the film? The coin being dropped in the fountain at the mall, and Hedwig blowing the eyelash off Tommy's finger. Gee, maybe I still can over-analyze it!)
    bertrandeon June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really beautiful poignant song, its so bittersweet but at the same time triumphant. When I listen to this album, I just cant believe how perfect some of the lyrics turned out.
    screaming_monkeyon June 17, 2004   Link

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