Rotating head, keeps on the right side
Coiled up and tense remains on the lookout
Expects to be shot or get given the bullet
Rotating head tries to look on the bright side of things

Rotating head, friends in high places
No need to guess what he's got in that briefcase
A mind like a gin-trap, one swollen ankle
The rotating head tries to stay on the right side of things
On the right side of things

Living on tip-toe
Waiting for the next step
The wages of death
What a life for a swivel head

Understand, underhand, underarm protection
Each new passer-by a new wave of suspicion
In less than an hour the plane will be leaving
The lights and the cameras
Then sleep on a prayer and a wing
Rotating

Living on tip-toe
Waiting for the next step
The wages of death
What a life for a swivel head

Rotating head look on the bright side
Coiled up and tense remains on the lookout
A mind like a gin-trap, one swollen ankle
The rotating head tries to stay on the right side of things
That's the right side of things


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    General CommentFor some reason this song makes me think of people turning their heads away from their problems, to not have to deal with the problems to be happy
    RyanMatthew92on February 25, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationFor some reason this song makes me think of people turning their heads away from their problems, to not have to deal with the problems to be happy
    RyanMatthew92on February 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe instrumental version of this song was used in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the scene where he's racing his parents home.
    ferret111on February 02, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, "Rotating Heads" seems to refer to people who must constantly look around them for signs of danger ("Coiled up and tense, remains on the lookout.") A mind like a "gin trap" (we would say "like a steel trap" in the U.S.) describes someone who is quick-witted. The imagery seems to invoke a Secret Service agent or bodyguard:

    "keeps on the right side" (could mean literally the right hand of the person being guarded, or the morally correct side, or both)
    "Expects to be shot or get given the bullet"
    "friends in high places"
    "Each new passer-by, a new wave of suspicion"
    "In less than an hour, the plane will be leaving"
    "The lights and the cameras"

    The line about the briefcase might be referring to the "nuclear football", a briefcase containing the nuclear launch codes that accompanies the U.S. President everywhere he goes.

    Swollen ankles are a side effect of frequent airplane travel.
    drcon February 23, 2018   Link
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    General CommentThe instrumental version used in the soundtrack for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is called "March of the Swivel Heads."
    drcon February 23, 2018   Link

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