"Return of the Post Moderns" as written by and Kevin Griffin....
Ten cent lovers
Beneath the covers Riding on a wet dream Silver tonic free
High stool sweet tarts
Equipped with green cards

Chomp their 401 k's
Semi-chocolate brie
Digging in Los Cruces
For an army drab container Carbon dating clothes for the last time they were washed

Shelby and Sheila
Onomatopoeia
Catch hang nail on Banlon
Shiver Martin Sheen

Preschool mothers
In Technicolor
Are fire bombing Dresden
Stanton, Harry Dean

Feeding line caught tuna to a neutered Bodhisattva Writhing peaches for the President Out on the White House lawn Beating Herbert Hoover With a leather tipped
Pinada Thorn and Katy drink the milk tinted Amerasian Green RETURN, RETURN, RETURN


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"Return of the Post Moderns" as written by Kevin Griffin

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    General CommentDrugs? Lots of them? I think Kevin Griffin took one from John Lennon's book and wrote a song that made absolutely no sense just for the hell of it. I like how he worked the word "Onomatopoeia" in there though.
    entpersonon March 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty much unanimous that this one isn't about anything. In the documentary portion of the "House of Blues" DVD, Kevin mentions that he wrote "Extraordinary" after doing an "eye-spy" game around his room, looking for things to incorporate into the lyric. It's possible that he may have done the same thing here. Of course, the main difference is that "Extraordinary" has a central underlying theme (love) despite the random nature of the words. This one doesn't appear to have any underlying theme at all. Kevin was likely just wanting to have some fun with this one and maybe surprise himself with the final outcome.
    ScreenNameNeededon December 21, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationScreenNameNeeded is most likely correct. This song is one of Kevin's infamous exercises in non sequitur. Anyone who's seen a BTE live show will undoubtedly corroborate this, as Kevin is very given to improvisation during sets and sometimes forcing Michael and Tom to indulge in those whims XD

    I am amazed at how even his spontaneous drabble writing is creative and strangely eloquent. As another mentioned, his inclusion of 'onomatopoeia', for example. Half of these lyrics seem like they refer to something or stand alone, leading me to believe this song is in fact a hodgepodge of lyrical fragments Kevin had started on separate occasions, but couldn't 'gel' into one cohesive piece. ("Fire bombing Dresden" as a Vonnegut reference; "Ten cent lovers, underneath the covers, riding on a wet dream" is unsuspectingly poetic for a drabble piece and suggestive of 'fuck buddies' whose only relationships in life are purely carnal, and lack the ability to see any other layer of depth in acquaintances or form attachments to others)

    The only truly unifying theme here is era. Postmodernism' boom was '20s to '60s, specifically '50s. So a lot of references in the context are reflective of the early-mid 1900's(Herbert Hoover, Harry Dean Stanton, the peak popularity of Technicolor, and again, the Dresden bombings circa WWII; also, Vonnegut was influential in postmodernism). I don't quite know what's with all the subtle military/war references though.
    Revidescent_84on April 15, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti have no idea what this means, but it sounds good.
    johnisawesomeon April 22, 2006   Link

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