'Oh say can you see
By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilight's last gleaming'

He's a real cool guy and he's a hero of mine
Travis, Rhinehart rolled into one cute son
Less than zero a grotesque nightmare
Subtly disturbing like normal behaviour

I understand nothing and I cannot speak
I'd walk in the park but the trees are diseased
No sweetheart and I am too confused
I only love my watch and my snakeskin shoes

I feel so small in the supermarket queue
People seem to laugh at my choice of food
My personality is held together with Sellotape
A loose fit just like a numb junkies' hate

I pretty my face with all this cream and stuff
Ugliness inside much harder to cover up
I lack the thought to care about politics
Just do what I like ain't that democratic

Genesis, Huey Lewis, Filofax, CD 5
A backdrop to discuss over expensive wine
Didn't even know when or why I should stop
I feel so stupid like a joke that belongs

I guess all psychos are made out of money
I cannot be saved as liberals keep telling me
I don't wanna be understood I just wanna kill
Out of blandness I am your everyday thrill

Patrick Bateman
We are babies crippled in Christ
Patrick Bateman
Therefore I must be God
I must, I must be God

I touched your lips but now I just paint
Surface reflection all I desired babe
I am melancholy, flower cutting through stone
I'm a crime everybody has at home

Papers hate me but they need my behaviour
The dignity amongst Hollywood trivia
Escape is so cheap of alcohol and whores
Mine's the sanity of exclusive gun laws

Art critics say porno's easily obscene
Late show retards Dice Clay is true poetry
They've never tried living underneath the water
That's real end of the century nausea

Patrick Bateman
We are babies crippled in Christ
Patrick Bateman
Therefore I must be God
I must, I must be God

Patrick Bateman
We are babies crippled in Christ
Patrick Bateman
I fucked God up the ass
I fucked God up the ass

Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman
Patrick Bateman

'I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States Of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God
Indivisible with liberty
And justice for all'

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    General CommentPatrick Bateman is the protagonist in Bret Easton Ellis's Novel ' American Psycho'. If you aren't familiar with the content and themes of the book, it's a satire/fantasy/horror story deconstructing affluent white 80's America. If that sounds like a cliche now remember it wasn't at the time. Nice mention of an earlier Ellis novel 'Less Than Zero' in the third line too :)
    lewislewison April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentProbably my favourite song by MSP.

    "I cannot be saved as liberals keep telling me"

    Now that line is better then anything Ellis has ever written :)
    Clay_Eastonon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentShame this wasn't on an album. Originally Nicky stated that it was going to become 'the most fucking horrible single ever', but they instead just had to settle with it being the most fucking horrible B-side ever, as it wasn't deemed suitable enough for mass distribution on their label. Can't see why. It kicks ass.
    manic4manicson June 07, 2013   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else see how intense and heavy this song is?! Damn the whole band were absolutely great in creating the disturbing reality of Ellis' book, i mean listen to this song and try to picture the scenes,either from the movie or book and you will see how deep the the song and especially the lyrics are, Richey was a freaking god for himself, i admire him
    nava115370on October 27, 2014   Link

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