"Green Corn" as written by and Mike Burkett....
Sometimes I think of all the places where I don't want to go
Then I think of all the things I don't want to do
And when I think of all the people I don't want to meet
I close my eyes and go to sleep

Tully, baby, you're trapped behind your golden bars
I'm the prince of poverty hangin' out in bars
Your life's a Mercedes, a mansion with a pool
My life's on a bus stop just waiting for some fuel

Your obviousness disgusts me I see through your macho lies
I'll fight everything you stand for
There's something in your purse baby, my head is getting sore
Maybe what we had was just green corn

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"Green Corn" as written by Mike Burkett

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  • +2
    General CommentSlice hit the nail on the head. This has been one of my favorite NOFX songs for a while, fitting my cynical perfectly. I've been getting into the writing of Charles Bukowski lately (only 2 novels so far) but I saw Barfly the other night, which he wrote, and it hit me over the head like a purse with something in it. I didn't even realize it until Henry said the Green Corn line.

    Like Slice said, the first verse is right there, only changed a bit. I didn't realize that, because it was before the green corn line and I hadn't made the connection.

    "Tully, baby, you're trapped behind your golden bars" - This line is a reference to a girl who admires Henry's work as a writer. She's very well-off, and Henry makes a comment that despite this, and maybe because of it, she's trapped in a prison, behind golden bars.

    "I'm the prince of poverty hangin' out in bars" - In the movie, Wanda, played by Faye Dunaway, notes that Henry has a unique way of walking, which makes him seem like self-appointed barfly royalty.

    "Your life's a Mercedes, a mansion with a pool
    My life's on a bus stop just waiting for some fuel" - Another reference to Tully's lifestyle and money, compared to Henry's skid row standing. Also, early in the movie, when he wants nothing more than to fight Eddie, his nemesis and rival in a way, he says he needs 'fuel' and goes as far as to steal a sandwich from another guy's hand and eat it on the spot. Typical Fat Mike double-meaning!

    "Your obviousness disgusts me I see thru your macho
    I'll fight everything you stand for" - Again a reference to Eddie, Henry's rival. Wanda asks him what he hates about Eddie, and he responds "His obviousness," which always strikes me as kind of obtuse, and his "macho energy."

    "There's something in your purse baby, my head is
    getting sore" - Wanda hits him over the head with his purse, while he weakly asks her if something's in it must have been, because he ends up with a nasty head wound.

    "Maybe what we had was just green corn" - It ends with THE line. In the film, while drunk, Wanda sees a small field of corn and decides that she wants some, so she runs off to steal it. Henry tries to dissuade her, telling her how young and green it is, but she doesn't listen. Later on, Wanda ends up sleeping with Eddie, Henry's nemesis, much to his chagrin. He tells her that he thought they really had something special, but maybe, in the end, it was just green corn. Meaning, most likely, like mtbaird said, shit.
    modiumon November 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell actually I was curious as to the lyrics as well so i went on a search and found out that some of the lyrics are quotes (or taken from quotes) from a 1987 movie called "Barfly".

    Like this part was probably from the movie, but they changed it a bit:
    "Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don't wanna do. All the things that I don't wanna be. Places I don't wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that, I don't understand that."

    and this definitely:
    "Baby, What we had was just green corn."

    Check it out here: us.imdb.com/title/tt0092618/…

    Man, I' hoping to get to see this movie soon though, just cause it has something to do with NOFX!
    Sliceon March 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg how has nobody commented on this song yet!? its so fucking awesome. i dont quite know what its about, but im astounded that im the first one to post here. the solo is gnarly. and its on "ribbed" which is like the best cd. you all should buy it
    Rubberbandon March 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song from a great album
    hefeon April 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song sounds like its about a broken relationship. the one person can't believe they ever had a relationship with the other.
    smash18on October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i have the video from the '98 vans tour i think. they play together on the sand, and then go straight into this. its awesome
    mtbairdon February 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah this is a great song...and...i think its about a bad relationship...
    freddyon March 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim pretty sure hes saying their relationship was shit. Green Corn sounds a lot like a reference to shit.

    "Baby what we had was just green corn"


    What we had together was shit
    mtbairdon March 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim gonna put it out there that this is nofx's most thoughtful songs.
    eg. had the most thought put into it considering its about the movie and not just some joke about getting wasted or how shit the government is
    ozziundrgrndon January 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow.... only 9 comments on this song. It's NOFX's best song in my opinion. Anyway a real easy song to understand. It's about someone who sees all these big shots with their nice cars and houses, and himself struggling to make a good living.
    GreenCorn41on March 12, 2009   Link

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