"Blue American" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steven Hewitt....
I wrote this novel just for you
It sounds pretentious but it's true
I wrote this novel just for you
That's why it's vulgar
That's why it's blue
And I say, thank you
And I say, thank you

I wrote this novel just for Mom
For all the mommy things she's done
For all the times she showed me wrong
For all the time she sang god's song
And I say thank you Mom
Hello Mom
Thank you Mom
Hi Mom

I read a book about Uncle Tom
Where a whitey bastard made a bomb
But now Ebonics rule our song
Those motherfuckers got it wrong
And I ask
Who is uncle Tom?
Who is uncle Tom?
Who is uncle Tom?
You are

I read a book about the self
Said I should get expensive help
Go fix my head
Create some wealth
Put my neurosis on the shelf
But I don't care for myself
I don't care for myself
I don't care for myself
I don't care

I wrote this novel just for you
I'm so pretentious, yes it's true
I wrote this novel just for you
Just for you
Just for you


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"Blue American" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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  • +1
    General Commenti think i read somewhere that brian's mother was a born again christian-
    "For all the times she showed me wrong
    For all the time she sang god's song"
    ladyboygrrlon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is depressed about how they have lived there lives. The term "novel," refers to their life. The person is saying this "novel" was wrote so badly because of the way people and the world has showed her wrong.
    When they finally look back at it -" I read a book about the self." They realised that they "dont care for" themself.
    dangermouse04on October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentUncle Toms Cabin is a novel written by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

    Surely worth the read.
    marquiceriseon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with joeytheboy. that verse is a play on words.i think the whole song is just taking the piss out of various things. some being chrisitanity,self help books,america, rasism, his mother. i like the whole tune to this song it has quite a serious feeling to it even though i think its taking the piss.

    very interesting.
    Blind*21on March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSaddest song ever:

    I wrote this novel just for you
    It sounds pretentious but it's true
    I wrote this novel just for you
    That's why it's vulgar
    That's why it's blue
    And I say, thank you
    And I say, thank you

    its about dedicating your life(novel) to someone, only to get crushed by them, but you've already wasted too much time to re-write it.
    cause remember the authors usually at the start of novels write "this book is dedicated to-"


    I wrote this novel just for Mom
    For all the mommy things she's done
    For all the times she showed me wrong
    For all the time she sang god's song
    And I say thank you Mom
    Hello Mom
    Thank you Mom
    Hi Mom

    its about his mother land(america) and how its seen as wrong to be gay, and that gays have no rights.and the church doesnt accept homosexuals and all that.

    I read a book about Uncle Tom
    Where a whitey bastard made a bomb
    But now Ebonics rule our song
    Those motherfuckers got it wrong
    And I ask
    Who is uncle Tom?
    Who is uncle Tom?
    Who is uncle Tom?
    You are

    there's a book called 'uncle tom' as stated before. this verse is defenatly aout all the racisim in america.

    I read a book about the self
    Said I should get expensive help
    Go fix my head
    Create some wealth
    Put my neurosis on the shelf
    But I don't care for myself
    I don't care for myself
    I don't care for myself
    I don't care

    its abot how self help books don't work, and they all just end up telling you to go to a psychiatrist, which are really expensive. and half the self help books are written by psychiatrists.
    Alfungoon September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPure and utter disgust . American style . It's just someone who's at such a low point in their life that they're hitting out at everything and anything . I think the person who inhabits that song is disgusted by the fact that he's human and feels weighed down by that. It's called Blue American simply because it has references to slavery in America . It's also interesting because Blue American is also drug dealers speak for Viagra and Valium - Brian Molko
    darkeyeson August 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe verse about "mommy" really cleverly plays on words; "all the times she showed me wrong" because ur parents are supposed to teach u right and wrong but he only got shown wrong by his mother, as in she showed him what not to do by doing it. "hello mom" follows "thankyou mom" bucause saying "hello mom" is what everyone says when they have a chance to get famous or whatever just the same way he is saying "thankyou mom" because he is simply expected to, but at the same time it is ironic as he is obviously being sarcastic.
    "mom" is quite likely to be metaphrical for the mother country, the counry which gave birth to him and his nation, if what "darkeyes" above said is right, i dont think anyone could be proud of slavery in their history so he is having a go at his heritage, by having a go at his mother.
    joeytheboyon May 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout some slavery, yes, "uncle tom" referencing "uncle tom's cabin"

    Also saying that self-help books are ineffective.
    dragonkat72on January 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentno! you have it all wrong!! he hates his mother because she is constantly preaching her christian ways, and she is mad at him for being bisexual. he had a really fucked up child hood, his father was never home and his mom was screwed in the head.
    greengirl27on April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVirginmega.com: In “Blue American” you threw in the character of your mom, but it was your dad who was American. The song possesses a lot of self-loathing about American culture and its' racism. Is that what you meant it to do?
    Molko: Absolutely, totally. You hit the nail on the head. Three and a half minutes of self-disgust American style.

    ..that comes from an interview.
    AFInsideon August 19, 2005   Link

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