"Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" as written by Gerald V Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh....
He's been with the world
I'm tired of the soup do jour
He's been with the world
I went to end this prophylactic tour
Afraid that no one around me
Understands my potato
Think I'm only a spudboy
Looking for a real tomato
He's been with the world
I'm tired of the soup do jour
He's been with the world
I want to end this prophylactic tour
Afraid nobody around here
Understands my potato
I think I'm only a spudboy
Looking for a real tomato
He's been with the world
And I'm tired of the soup do jour
He's been with the world
I want to end this prophylactic tour
Afraid nobody around here
Comprehends my potato
Guess I'm just a spudboy
Looking for that real tomato

[Chorus]
The smart patrol, nowhere to go
Suburban robots that monitor reality
Common stock, we work around the clock
We shove the poles in the holes

[Chorus: x2]

Shove it

[Chorus]

Wait a minute, something's wrong
He's the man from the past
He's here to do us a favor
A little human sacrifice
It's just supply and demand

[Chorus 2]
Mr. Kamikaze, Mr. DNA
He's an altruistic pervert
Mr. DNA, Mr. Kamikaze
Here to spread some (genes now)

[Chorus 2: x2]

Wait a minute, something's wrong
He's a man with a plan
His finger's pointed at Devo
Now we must sacrifice ourselves
That many others may live
OK, we've got a lot to give

[Chorus 2: x3]

One, two, three, four!


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"Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA" as written by Gerald V Casale, Mark Allen Mothersbaugh

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  • +2
    General Commentthis song sounds really awesome
    daddioon January 31, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay, the whole song is a battle.

    A battle between The Smart Patrol and Mr. DNA. Mr. DNA is trying to spread his genes...and Smart Patrol is trying to stop him.
    They end up sacrificing themselves for DEVO. Make what you will of the song.
    BoojiBoyon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "Smart Patrol" part is repetitive on purpose, I think; they're explaining themselves as the average above-average suburban kids; nothing special - so why are they the only ones noticing how the world's going to hell?

    I'm confused about the "Mr. DNA" part, really. I get that there's a battle, but why are Devo/the Smart Patrol fighting him? Or are they fighting together?

    Mr. DNA is "a man from the past" and "here to spread some genes" - could he be a post-evolution but pre-devolution human, at the prime of the species? But why is he a kamikaze, and why does he decide Devo should sacrifice themselves?

    That being said, I really feel the scream of "This monkey wants a word with you!" at the end.
    Dubious Meriton June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, I agree. It's been stuck in my head for years, and I don't believe that "Smart Patrol" has any sereous meanning.
    restin256on December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the smart patrol part is a red herring to fool people, the first three sung parts are just describing they average schlub and his disdain for modern living. But they all end with...

    "Guess I'm just a spudboy
    Looking for that real tomato"

    Which makes me think this song is supposed to be a really dry parody of a love song describing sex and the usual DEVO social commentary.

    "We shove the poles in the holes" = Dick in vagina.

    The Mr DNA part is describing sperm attacking eggs.
    Neonsolidon July 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Dubious Merit is wrong about the scream at the end. It says "Space monkey with one window". You can see that very thing in the illustration on the cover of The Complete Truth about De-evolution: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    spudboyon September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningthis song was written about this: geaugailluminati.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/the-human-race-is-almost-finished/
    rjsigmundon January 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning"['Smart Patrol'] is about the triumph of the altruistic gene over petty self interest."

    -Gerald Casale
    Maxwell74on December 20, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOMG! This is by far the best song EVER! I'm not sure why but I absolutely love this song, it totally rocks...it's awesome!
    Starfish_182on October 13, 2002   Link

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