Everyday I get up and pray to Jah
And he increases the number of clocks
By exactly one
Everybody's coming home for lunch these days
Last night there were skinheads on my lawn

[Chorus]
Take the skinheads bowling
Take them bowling
Take the skinheads bowling
Take them bowling

Some people say bowling alleys
got big lanes
(Got big lanes)
(Got big lanes)
Some people say that bowling alleys
all look the same
(Look the same)
(Look the same)
There's not a line that goes here
That rhymes with anything
(Anything)
(Anything)
Had a dream last night
But I forget what it was
(What it was)
(What it was)

[Chorus: x2]

Had a dream last night
About you my friend

Had a dream
I wanted to sleep next to plastic
Had a dream
I wanted to lick your knees
Had a dream
It was about nothing

[Chorus: x2]


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"Take the Skinheads Bowling" as written by David Lowery Victor Krummenacher

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  • +4
    General Commenti agree, take your local skinhead bowling. it's fun!!!
    pumkinhedon January 25, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI thought the meaning of this song was VERY obvious. I thought everyone knew it was about using a skinhead's head as a bowling ball! Great song! I like how they use it in Bowling for Columbine.
    teenymarieon September 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentKeep in mind this tune came out before Skinheads were racist, and at the time were just a subculture of Punk, with emphasis on the Working Class.

    Back then there were Hispanic Skins, Black Skins, Eastern European Skins and Asian Skins.

    BUT this song is basically about taking Skinheads bowling. Nothing more. Dave Lowery is a genius and a dadaist.
    taverneron November 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song for me is a general poke at racism and the white middle classes. The first verse is about the futility of religion and says that life continues in a kind of mundane way anyway. It also hints at the paranoia and complacency of suburbia.

    The second verse is about racial stereotypes.

    The last verse is a reference to Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech and bemoans how diluted the message has become.
    pseudohendrixon March 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentskinheads need love and friends just like everybody else, then maybe they can stop being dorks.
    corpseboyon February 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have fond memories of this being on a mix tape my hip college-age cousin sent me when I was around 12 or 13. So around the time my favorite songs were \"The Sign\" by Ace Of Base and... this. Heh.

    As the liner notes to the Cigarettes And Carrot Juice box set point out, a skinhead\'s head looks like a bowling ball. So yeah, there\'s that.
    destroyalltacoson May 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim not sure this song means anything
    it has a subtle inclinations to suggest peace and tolerance, but other than that it seems completely random
    mrjackon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLighten up! Life is but a dream!

    Sometimes, ya just gotta let it all go.....
    tintineton May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've sort of conjured up some sort of meaning, except it's really hazy and weird in places, and everyone probably assumed what I'm gonna say.

    The narratorish guy is something of a mean guy, praying that certain people die. He sympathizes with the Skinheads (most likely implying the racist neo-Nazis), seeing that they're not accepted (they have to come out at night because everyone's out in the day), and he goes out bowling with them. Once they're there, there are several stereotypes/racist remarks about bowling lanes (all look the same, got big lanes), which is a pretty funny metaphor itself. Later, he has a dream in which he's in bed with a person in some ultimate race (plastic meaning apparent perfection in people-- big stretch, I know), and then says that the "you" is really nothing, it's just the body with skin color/etc, nothing deeper... or something.

    So yeah, I'm saying it's about getting pulled into racist philosophy and making fun of racism in essence.
    eleventyon May 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have NO idea what most of this song means. however, the "you my friend" has to do with some chick.
    plasmaHDon October 15, 2006   Link

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