"Clint Eastwood" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Edwin Makromallis and Irie Sweetie....
I ain't happy but, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I am happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on

Yeah, ha ha!
Finally someone let me out of my cage
Now, time for me is nothing 'cause I'm counting no age
Now I couldn't be there
Now you shouldn't be scared
I'm good at repairs
And I'm under each snare

Intangible
Bet you didn't think so I command you to
Panoramic view
Look I'll make it all manageable
Pick and choose
Sit and lose
All you different crews

Chicks and dudes
Who you think is really kickin' tunes?
Bitch are you gettin' down in the picture tube
Like you lit the fuse
You think it's fictional
Mystical? Maybe
Spiritual
Hearable
What appears in you is a clearer view 'cause you're too crazy
Lifeless
To know the definition for what life is
Priceless
For you because I put you on the hype shit
You like it?
Gunsmokin' righteous with one toke
Psychic among those
Possess you with one go

I am happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I am happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on

The essence the basics
Without it you make it
Allow me to make this
Childlike in nature
Rhythm
You have it or you don't that's a fallacy
I'm in them
Every sprouting tree
Every child apiece
Every cloud you see
You see with your eyes
I see destruction and demise
Corruption in disguise
From this fuckin' enterprise
Now I'm sucking to your lies
Through Russ, though not his muscles but the percussion he provides
With me as a guide
But y'all can see me now 'cause you don't see with your eye
You perceive with your mind
That's the inner
So I'mma stick around with Russ and be a mentor
With a few rhymes so mother fuckers
Remember where the thought is
I brought all this
So you can survive when law is lawless
Feelings, sensations that you thought were dead
No squealing, remember
(That it's all in your head)

I am happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I am happy, I'm feeling glad
I got sunshine, in a bag
I'm useless, but not for long

My future is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
My future is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
Is coming on
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My future is coming on
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"Clint Eastwood" as written by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Edwin Makromallis, Irie Sweetie

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  • +17
    General CommentI disagree. I think he's telling us that we spend too much time thinking about things that aren't important instead of opening our eyes and seeing what's going on around us. Lines such as "cause you don't see with your eyes, you percieve with your mind" point this out blatantly. Also the use of the words fictional and mystical help. "Hype shit" refers to all of the crap we meditate on such as what clothes we're going to wear or even what music we're going to listen to. I think that the guys are just saying that we're psuedo-simplifying everything and we need to stop. As for smoking marijuana... I don't see it. Could just be me.
    damionignison February 07, 2002   Link
  • +8
    General CommentLike all songs this has several keys to figuring out the meaning. Firstly there are sound clips from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" - the Clint Eastwood film, and the "sunshine in a bag" could refer to money in a bag - hence the name of the song.

    However, there is another "sunshine" people sometimes forget. Rewind 30 years, "Sunshine Acid" was a particular potent form of LSD manufactured that was as high as 300 micrograms (that's about 3x as potent as a relatively potent tab of blotter these days) - it was commonly referred to as just "Sunshine"

    "I ain't happy. I'm feeling glad.
    I got sunshine in a bag.
    I'm useless, but not for long.
    The future is coming on."

    - When dosing there is a sense of apprehension about the trip, you're not quite happy, but you're feeling glad that you're about to trip. The sunshine refers to sunshine acid, and the "I'm useless, but not for long" describes how it will benefit him. Then the "The future is coming on" part refers to the come up, as it takes approximately an hour and a half from dosing to feel the effects.

    "Yeah, ha ha.
    Finally someone let me out of my cage." - Often when consuming psychedelics, people feel that something is "released" within them.

    "Now time for me is nothing 'cause I'm counting no age." - Psychedelics cause time dilation, a minute can feel like an hour, or time can stand still completely for what seems like weeks.

    "No, I couldn't be there. No, you shouldn't be scared.
    I'm good at repairs and I'm under each snare." - Psychedelics often make people afraid, even those who have never taken them, but they can be powerful healing tools - and the tripper just needs to remember that the psychedelics are only so powerful, they won't kill you or make you do anything stupid.

    "Panoramic view, look I'll make it all manageable." - Psychedelics change perception, making it easier to analyse things, LSD in particular does this a lot.

    "Chicks and dudes, who you think is really kicking tunes?" - Here they're talking about how much psychedelics have influenced music, they're saying it's not the artists that came up with the ideas, but the acid.

    "You think it's fictional? Mystical, maybe.
    Spiritual hero who appears in you to clear your view when you're too crazy." - Talking about how some people don't understand psychedelics and think they can't help you, when really they're a very powerful aid. They can also "clear your view" as suggested when things are clouding up your mind, by removing the ego, or "mental chatter" temporarily.

    "Priceless to you because I put you on the hype shit." - This is about how it has benefited him in his creative work - creating music.

    "You like it? Gun smoking, righteous, with one toke, psychic
    Among those, possess you with one go." - This is the part that confuses people, as a toke is the inhalation of Cannabis smoke - however people often smoke while on LSD as it can heighten the trip and make it more intense, one toke of even the best Cannabis will do very little, but while you're tripping, that's another matter.

    "The essence, the basics, without it, you make it.
    Allow me to make this childlike in nature.
    Rhythm, you have it or you don't, that's a fallacy.
    I'm in them, every sprouting tree, every child apiece,
    Every cloud at sea, you see with your eye.
    You see destruction and demise, corruption in disguise,
    From this fucking enterprise" - Anyone who has ever taken psychedelics will probably get a sense of deja vu when they first hear this song. This part in particular very much explains a large part of psychedelics. When the ego is lost you feel a strong sense of one-ness, that life is in everything, every rock, every tree, every bird, every person. It also gives a sense of duality, you see the love in everyone, but you also see the destruction and hate, the murder, the corruption in the government and corporate enterprises.

    "Y'all can see me now 'cause you don't see with your eye.
    You perceive with your mind. That's the inner." - Do I really need to explain this part? Really? Just do a simple Google search for "third eye", or "inner eye", "inner mind" and "psychedelics"

    "Bust a few rhymes so motherfuckers remember
    Where the thought is. I brought all this
    So you can survive when law is lawless.
    Feelings, sensations that you thought was dead.
    No squealing, remember that it's all in your head." - This whole last part is going on about how the song's basically a quick dedication to psychedelics and telling people not to worry and go with the trip, because it's just a drug and it'll be over soon - even if the experience is going bad.




    Royaltrampon September 09, 2010   Link
  • +7
    Song MeaningThis song is not about drugs. I liked this song for a long time before i knew what it was really about. The sunshine in the bag means the soul inside your body, which is what we really are. i know this because one day as i was driving my car from work i got hit by something, a thunderbolt of sunshine as described by the gorillaz in the song "stylo", in one second my whole life flashed before my eyes and i was shown what the universe is. This song is like an instructional video for people who have gone through this experience. Im not happy but im feeling glad because God knows that i exist and he cares about me so much that he gave me this wisdom. time for me is nothing cus im counting no age- hes talking about the fact that in that moment i realized that i have lived many lives, some as a human being some as animals but our souls are very old. Now I couldn't be there
    Now you shouldn't be scared
    i also saw my true body that sleeps somewhere in the center of the universe, until im wise enough to wake up, what we truly are is such a perfect being that we must achieve perfect wisdom before opening our eyes.
    pick and choose sit and loose all your different crews
    who can you tell this to, who is ready to know?
    Rhythm
    You have it or you don't that's a fallacy
    I'm in them
    Every sprouting tree
    Every child apiece
    Every cloud you see
    After this experience my life changed, all my fears dissapeared and when you go through life with no fears or regrets you flow through it, its almost as if your dancing instead of walking, and life opens up for you in amazing ways.
    You see with your eyes
    I see destruction and demise
    Corruption in disguise
    From this fuckin' enterprise
    Now I'm sucking to your lies
    here hes talking about lies, we are all supposed to go through this experience, this is what life is about, its about you waking up realizing that we are all connected to the source that we are all the same that we are all immortal light beings that your goverment and most organized religions do not want you to wake up because the people at the top chose the wrong side and decided to exploit us and they do not want us knowing this,because the truth will set us free.
    So you can survive when law is lawless
    after reading the top you already know that this is talking about. Damn right i'm an outlaw, only god can judge me.

    Feelings, sensations that you thought were dead
    No squealing, remember
    (That it's all in your head)
    It could all be in my head but im not the only one who has experienced this, the information is out there you only need to look for it.
    osiris1111on November 13, 2012   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningAm I the only one who knows how to use psychedelics on this site? A few people have mentioned DMT, which is very close, but they haven't really explained it. This song is most explicitly about mushrooms, and the mushroom God that you contact when you take them for shamanic purposes. If you actually know how to use psychedelics properly, you can open your third eye, which is why he says "Ya'll can see me now cuz you don't see with your eye, you perceive with your mind." It also explains the line "Hero who appears in you to clear your view when you're too crazy." Mushrooms delete your cultural programming and force you to see the world for what it really is, as seen in the lines "Nah you shouldn't be scared, I'm good at repairs and I'm under each snare." and - "bet you didn't think so I command you to." The last line that proves beyond all doubt that the song is about the Mushroom (also called The Logos, The Alien, The Other, etc...) is the line where he says "I'm in 'em, every sproutin tree, every child apiece, every cloud and sea." Mushrooms teach you that all life is connected, that we are all one and that the gift of life is in all of us. I could go more in-depth, but I'm too lazy for now.
    elwood2112on March 07, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAlright. I'm not a huge supporter of drug culture. Regardless, I think it's hard to deny that the lyrics of this song make references to smoking marijuana. Listen to other songs on the album. Track 17 starts with the sound of a lighter and a bubbling bong. 'Clint Eastwood' is an awesome song, but don't try to attribute innocence where it isn't due. In short... yeah, it probably has to do with using drugs.
    Stabone4on January 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou are close, king gimpy, but not quite correct.

    Damon Albarn never titled the song until after they recorded it. i cannot remember the name of the instrument he used, but it looks like a recorder with a keyboard stuck to it. Ennio Morricone used the same instrument when composing the score for "Fistful of Dollars", in which Clint Eastwood played The Man With No Name.
    the instrument's inclusion reminded Albarn of an old Clint Eastwood western, so he named the song after the gritty actor.
    roger wilcoon June 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning- I ain't happy.
    (He isn't happy cuz life is miserable)
    - I feeling glad.
    (But he is under the influence of drugs. So he feeling glad.)
    - I got sunshine in a bag.
    (He got drugs in a bag)
    - I'm useless, but not for long.
    (The trip hasn't start yet. Without the trip, he feels useless. But not for long cuz soon the kick will start.)
    - My future is coming on.
    (Soon he will see things or something else.)

    - Finally someone let me outta my cage.
    (Finally the kick has started)
    - Now time for me is nothing, cuz I'm counting no age.
    (When you are high on mushrooms, you have no control about time.

    - panoramic view...
    (You see things like it is paranormal)

    - Y'all can see me now cuz you don't see with your eyes.
    (He can se a ghost now, in the trip.)

    - What the thought is I brought all this, so you can survive when law i lawless.
    (You brought all monsters and ghosts from your thought, so you can do what ever you want.)

    -It's all in your head!!!
    banegaon February 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe whole song is about how we dont perceive the world to be what it really is.
    Throughout the song its spoken in 1st person, who i believe to be the source/god
    'pick and choose, sit and lose, all you different crews, chicks and dudes, who do you think is really kicking tunes?' i believe refers to how we make choices that makes us think we control our lives when really we every aspect of our lives is controlled.
    'you have it or you dont thats a fallacy' were always told that your good at something or your not, or 'its in your genes' meaning you cant change it so the solution is to just accept what your given ( for example were now told there is a fat gene, so some people are fat and others arent, thats just life? ).
    'Every sprouting tree, child apiece, cloud you see with your eyes i see destruction and demise corruption and disguise from this fkin enterprise' We are blinded by what we have been told, we see things in an innocent way or for our benefit when our lack of perception leads us to believe this, the world is all wrong!
    'Yall can see me now cause you dont see with your eye, you perceive with your mind, thats the inner' He now talks about how you can see him now when earlier he was intangible, we observe things based on what we have been told/fed through the media and the lies that circulate; you have every power in you to make decisions for yourself based off your own experiences and instinct, you have to find it in yourself to see this.
    There are so many other references i believe people have overlooked, with this point of view in mind go back over the lyrics and see for yourself!
    iArGodon May 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's one great song, end of story!
    YUCK!!on February 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou're on a site called "songmeanings," of course people are going to discuss what the song is about!!!
    *Lechuza*on June 15, 2002   Link

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