"Big Mess" as written by Gerald V Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh....
I am cowboy kim
Cowboy kim I am
I am a lucky cowboy
Let me tell you why
I'm a man with a mission
A boy with a gun
I got a picture in my pocket of the lucky one

I'll announce the winner
On the radio
With my microphone
I do a super show
I wear a cowboy hat
It is my business hat
I'm on till 1:00 a.m.
I must tell you that
I'm a man with a mission
A boy with a gun
I got a picture in my pocket of the lucky one
Who doesn't know I'm a big mess
I mean a really big mess

A big big mess he was all mixed up and a
Big mess he was a
Big mess he was a
He was really mixed up

Cowboy Kim I am
Mr. reality
The most important thing
I put away my toys
With my microphone
I do a super show
I'll announce the winner
On the radio

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"Big Mess" as written by Mothersbaugh Casale


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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is actually based on strange letters received by a friend of someone from Devo. The letters by someone who called them self "Cowboy Kim" and talked about their radio show that was on until 1 am. You should read the letters online they are really weird.
    blarghllon October 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I think it's really just showcasing an example of a devolved being.
    MrSpudon December 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, the friend referenced in blarghllon's post was a radio DJ in their native Ohio that got these letters. She had a night show that went from around 10pm to 1 am. It was later found that "Cowboy Kim" was acutely schizophrenic.
    quampon November 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to think that this song referenced the assassination of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, but I looked up the date and it precedes it by a couple of years.

    There's still a "lone nut" feeling to this song - having a gun, being on a mission, the "lucky one" not knowing he's coming - it's interesting that this is on the same album as "I Desire," whose lyrics were cribbed from a published poem by would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley.
    Dubious Meriton March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it's about the actor Evan Kim?
    Unrighton April 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttwo
    possibly one
    hit man
    DiegoTheGreaton October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsrry
    big mistake
    when i said hitman
    i meant
    thats it
    DiegoTheGreaton October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually a thought-provoking song, once one gets beyond the basic hilarity, which one should be in no hurry to do.

    How do we fix what's broken? It's going to take more than a pseudonym and a cheap message, is what I'm pretty sure they're saying.
    raffishtenant2on December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure who they're singing about... but it sounds intrigueing.
    Eatcarpeton December 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel that it's just about a hick radio Deejay. The only line I can't match to this idea is "I've got a picture in my pocket of the lucky one."
    DominElon January 23, 2012   Link

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