"Cop Shoot Cop" as written by and Jason Pierce....
Hey man there's a hole in my arm where all the money goes
Jesus christ died for nothin' I suppose

Cop shoot cop
I believe
I believe that I have been reborn
Cop shoot cop
I haven't got the time no more

Hey man there's a hole in my head where information goes
And all my friends died for nothin' I suppose

Cop shoot cop
I believe
I believe that I have been reborn
Cop shoot cop
I haven't got the time no more

Hey man there's a hole in my reason that I gotta close
'Cause all my love died for nothin' I suppose

Cop shoot cop
I believe

I believe that I have been reborn
Cop shoot cop
I haven't got the time no more
Desert is any place without you
Oh my love, I'm pretty sure that you can feel that too
And loneliness, you know it hits me and it lasts for days
'Cause you're so sweet you make me feel like a child my babe
Desert is where I find myself when I get blown
'Cause you're so sweet and I can't seem to find my way back home
If this is heaven, well you know that I'm not happy here
'Cause heaven ain't any place where you're not there
Desert is any place without you my friend
And I will love you even if I'm getting to the end
'Cause you're so sweet I'm always wishing babe that you were here
Desert is any place without you my dear
And I will love you
And I will love you
And I will love you
And I will love you
And I will love you
And I will love you
And I will love you


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"Cop Shoot Cop" as written by Jason Pierce

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  • +6
    General Comment"Cop": To obtain illegal drugs.
    "Shoot": To inject said drugs.
    Repeat as needed.
    beer goodon September 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor what it's worth ~ the first two lines were basically taken from John Prine's song called Sam Stone (released in 1971): "...there's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes, Jesus Christ died for nothin' I suppose"
    eXeYedon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentslow... descension... to addiction... song is structured perfectly in phases.
    timsakyon May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first line is talking about heroin addiction, a common theme on this album. The rest of the song is kind of vague, but some interpretations say it's talking about a failed drug deal (?).
    molofanon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom 6:28 to 7:13 you can hear a piano play the melody to "America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)"
    drosson August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm...
    Very nice, beer_good.
    drosson October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe picked the train over Kate. At least he's clean now.
    intpon June 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhhh this has got to be spiritualized's best album, musically and lyrically. and this is one hell of a song to conclude with. good comments above.
    Lakemanon November 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't know how many times I've listed to this album but it still continues to amaze and surprise me. This is 'currently' my favourite track from it, though that can change. The last line of the lyrics above is wrong, by the way. He starts by singing "I will love you" over and over, but it slowly fades into "I'll go off you". Subtle, beautiful, heartbreaking. Pretty much sums up the album.
    JKFon May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere is more to this song! If you go through the discordant instrumental, the lyrics start again at roughly 13:00. ("The desert is any place without you...") I owned this album for years without knowing that.

    This is one of the darkest, bleakest songs I have ever heard. This album starts off with so much hope, but ends with this song about total self-destruction and self-annihilation, because of impossible love / addiction. It sounds like a funeral dirge, but it's still a gorgeous piece of music.
    wugubon June 08, 2014   Link

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