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Chango! Chango! The bear (? ) I come up the river Like beat man I come up the river Like skoke man fly I come up the river To kill many people I come up the river With laser gun Dear uncle, dear uncle, dear uncle Dear uncle, dear uncle Your son just had intercourse With baggy breast Your son just had intercourse With death debbie My mommy didn't hold me when I was young She didn't give me breast And went insane My mommy didn't hold me when I was young She didn't give me breast And went insane

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"Chango" as written by Gerald V. Casale, Mark Allen Mothersbaugh

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +2
    General Comment:hey, are they talking about the God Chango?
    a dooron March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This song is so crazy, jeesh. I honestly have no idea what is going on.
    third_to_the_lefton August 11, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation:Boy, where do I start with this song... there's many ways it could be interpreted. I think it's a story about a man (probably late teens or early twenties), Chango, who snapped and killed many people. Let me set the scene a bit, Chango lives in a tribe, far away from civilization. He one day finds a laser gun in the forest. I think this would make a great scifi/horror b-movie :P. I'm gonna explain in order of what events I think happened first in his life.

    "my mommy didn't hold me when i was young"
    His mother neglected him.

    "she didn't give me breast"
    She denied him basic needs.

    "and went insane"
    This could mean more than one thing.
    1. Insane as in she got angry at him a lot for no reason, verbally abused him, beat him, etc.
    2. Maybe he witnessed her killing people, herself (though that probably wouldn't affect him much. Unlikely he had much affection for her since she neglected him), or whoever. Witnessing someone murder would obviously contribute to even more trauma in his childhood.
    3. Alternatively, he could be referring to how the neglect made HIM go insane.

    I'll sum this all up in saying that I think Chango is mentally handicapped in some form and/or has physical deformities (Seems likely since DEVO tends to write songs with the subject of "mutants"). THIS is why I think his mother neglected him in the first place. This is also why I go more with number one on that list. Because he was "different", she often got angry at him, beat him, etc.

    Before the event of him walking up the river, I think something happened. Some people were insulting him so bad that Chango finally snapped, and killed them.
    "i come up the river
    like beat man
    i come up the river
    like skoke man fly"
    He's coming up the river, worn out, after finally snapping, he's tired of people cruelly ridiculing him and treating him differently. As for "skoke man fly"... I really don't know what to make of that :S.

    "i come up the river
    to kill many people
    i come up the river
    with laser gun"
    He's on his way to kill the people in his village with his laser gun.

    "dear uncle, dear uncle, dear uncle
    dear uncle, dear uncle
    your son just had intercourse
    with baggy breast
    your son just had intercourse
    with death debbie"
    I think this is more figurative than literal. The boy sounds in a panic. I think this is taking place before Chango has yet to "kill many people". I think the boy secretly witnessed Chango killing the people that were making fun of him as I stated earlier, and runs to the village to warn the father. Intercourse with Baggy Breast and Death Debbie is basically saying he "slept with evil".

    TL;DR - I think it's a scifi/horror themed surreal commentary of a stereotypical profile/event, "person suffers childhood neglect/trauma, gets bullied, one day kills people".
    MrSpudon November 28, 2009   Link

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