I've got your picture
Of me and you
You wrote "I love you"
I wrote "me too"
I sit there staring and there's nothing else to do

Oh it's in color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there's no one else around

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of you all 'round my cell
I want the doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down, I'm turning in, I'm turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of them all 'round my cell
I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up and turning down, I'm turning in, I'm turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it's dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger
Everyone

That's why I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
(Think so think, so think so, think so)
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so


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  • +4
    General Comment

    Look, you shouldn't believe everything you see on the tele, you know? This song has double meanings. It really depends on the way you look at it. One way, would be the obvious-Masturbation. Okay, we've got that. But think about it. "Oh it's in color Your hair is brown Your eyes are hazel And soft as clouds I often kiss you when there's no one else around"...He might be talking about falling in love with a Japanese girl, and the whole world around him shuns him, because he isn't Asian. He might feel that he is so in love that he, too, is starting to feel a bit Japanese.

    Or...He could be talking about masturbation. ^_~

    Master_Bateson June 11, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    dude, i dunno about you guys.......but my face doesnt turn all japanese like

    YellowRufioTXon June 12, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    He's not in jail - he's in a psych ward obsessing over a picture of this girl which he would like a million of. It's not 'cyclone ranger', its "everyone avoids me like a psyched lone ranger"

    jomegaon July 12, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    well, when dave originally wrote this song, it supposedly was a love song...and later when interviewers asked him if it was actually about masturbation or not he'd answer no or yes, depending on his mood .. so basically you can decipher it any way you want to

    superrad455on June 06, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Masturbation is pretty much a "lone ranger" activity.

    voodoochildeon November 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It is amazing how on idiot says something and the rest of the idiots pick up on and before you know you have a pseudo-fact.

    It is obvious that no one here has actually seen/heard the REPEATED interviews by Dave Fenton (the guy wrote the song) about what the song means and it is NOT about masturbation.

    If fact Fenton made up the term one day when he woke from a dream and thought it would be good in a song. The song was and is about love nothing more.

    Term itself did not get used as a euphemism for masturbation until AFTER the song was released and well some idiot came up with the notion and said it was a fact.

    If you don't believe me, and I know you don't here it from Fenton's own lips -

    youtube.com/watch

    rjupiteron March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I heard that this song was about the guy going gay. I don't believe that at all, & agree with the masturbation thing, but what is this part about..."No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women, No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it's dark"?

    Browneyedchick10on May 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Why does the guy have to be in jail if he has a pic? You can jack off with a pic anywhere, not just in jail. And I do think that's what this song is about.

    walking-catastropheon July 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    ONE HIT WONDERS-but it's still a cool song!

    Boonechic_21on March 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I've got your picture, I've got your picture I'd like a million of them over myself ..i thought that part said "i'd like a million of them over my cell" everyone's been saying it's about being in jail, so wouldn't that make sense. also, if this song is, in fact, about masturbation, what does this "Everyone around me is a total stranger Everyone avoids me like a psyched lone-ranger" part mean? how does that relate to masturbation?

    sara.on November 08, 2004   Link

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