"Devil's Haircut" as written by Beck Hansen, Philip Michael Coulter, Tommy Scott, John Robert King, Michael S. Simpson and James Brown....
Somethin's wrong cause my mind is fading,
And everywhere I look there's a dead end waiting,
Temperature's dropping at the rotten oasis
Stealing kisses from the leprous faces
Heads are hanging from the garbageman trees
Mouthwash, jukebox, gasoline,
Pistols are pointing at a poor man's pockets
Smiling eyes with 'em out of the sockets

Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind

Love machines on the sympathy crutches
Discount orgies on the dropout buses
Hitchin' a ride with the bleedin' noses
Comin' to town with the briefcase blues

Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind

Somethin' wrong cause my mind is fading
Ghetto blastin' disintegrating
Rock 'n' roll, know what I'm saying?
Everywhere I look there's a devil in waiting

Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind
Got a devil's haircut in my mind


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"Devils Haircut" as written by Philip Michael Coulter Ted Wright

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  • +6
    General CommentTo quote Beck from his special appearance on Futurama:

    "See, Bender, you have you write about what you feel. Like, when I wrote Devil's Haircut, I was feeling... wait... What is that song about?"
    _mega_on November 13, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commenton wikipedia it says that its about his past addictions to vicodin... which i havent read his bio, but i didnt know he had addictions to vicodin.... and its wikipedia that said so haha. I thought that it was just kinda like a jekyll and hyde thing... kinda... like he tries to stay away but "everywhere I look there's a devil waiting" and then he turns devious. Its a good song anyways whatever it means.
    forgive_my_pie_on January 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAhh, agreed. I've been listening to Beck since I was, like, two years old. You know, I often try to come up with lyrical interpretations of his songs, but I'm simply not that creative! His songs are just too awesomey weird. And I'm rather saddened that hardly anyone's commented on any Beck songs- he rocks my freaking WORLD. Haha. Oh well. He has originality like you wouldn't believe.
    neveradmiton September 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Stealing kisses from the leperous faces"
    haha, lyrical genious? or old fool rambles?
    Beck would be the greatest rambling old grandpa. Haha.

    This song obviously means, where ever he turns he's tempted to commit a sin..."everywhere I look there's a devil waiting."
    subterranean_summeron June 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI'm tired of idiots saying Beck's songs are just rambling nonsense, just because you're not artistic enough to understand them doesn't mean they don't mean anything, like the beatles' I am the Walrus.

    I ripped this off wikipedia because I decided to do some research on it instead of pulling random opinions from my own ass.

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    The song is dotted with references to the wandering disorientation that comes with touring, such as "coming to town with the briefcase blues".

    Beck himself has talked about the meaning of "Devils Haircut" on a few occasions. In one interview, he claimed that it was "a really simplistic metaphor for the evil of vanity". He said of the song:
    “ I don't know if I ever had any youthful purity, but I can understand that you might be tempted to make commercial shit and compromise to do it. I try not to compromise on anything. I think we associate becoming an adult with compromise. Maybe that's what the devil is. In "Devils Haircut", that was the scenario. I imagined Stagger Lee... I thought, what if this guy showed up now in 1996... I thought of using him as a Rumpelstiltskin figure, this Lazarus figure to comment on where we've ended up as people. What would he make of materialism and greed and ideals of beauty and perfection? His reaction would be, "Whoa, this is disturbing shit".
    B0NGon July 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI feel as though this is song about the singer walks into a town full of anarchy and crime. The events lead am impression on him that begins as a meer thought("Got a Devil's Haircut in my mind").But by the end of the song,when Beck begins to scream the chorus, it seems as though the man has succumb to the discord of the town and is now a part of it to his horror
    artistry22on July 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah i love beck..i've been listenin since i was about 7..he is great..i love the drums in this song and the fx
    Arienetteon April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was SUCH a great song live... if you ever get the chance, GO SEE BECK LIVE!!!!!!!!!! it was one of my all time fav concerts and i didnt think i was even that huge of a Beck fan.... it was just sooo entertaining! you will love it!!
    ChEErUpEm0KiDon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis was SUCH a great song live... if you ever get the chance, GO SEE BECK LIVE!!!!!!!!!! it was one of my all time fav concerts and i didnt think i was even that huge of a Beck fan.... it was just sooo entertaining! you will love it!!
    ChEErUpEm0KiDon June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHah, just goes to show, the best songs only have meaning to the artist (if even him!)

    as long as it rhymes...
    ZidaneTribalon June 09, 2004   Link

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