Hey let's party let's get down
Let's turn the radio on this is the meltdown
Get out the camera take a picture
The drag Queens and the freaks are all out on the town

And cowboy Jane's in bed
Nursin' a swollen head

Sunshine Sally and Peter Ustanov
Don't like the scene anyhow
I dropped acid on a Saturday night
Just to see what the fuss was about
Now there goes the neighborhood

Photo chick made to look sickly
Is standin' in her panties in the shower
She plays the guitar in the bathroom
While the police dust her mother's plastic flowers

And schoolboy John's in jail
Makin' a killin' through the U.S. mail

Sunshine Sally and Peter Ustanov
Don't like the scene anyhow
I dropped acid on a Saturday night
Just to see what the fuss was about
There goes the neighborhood
Neighborhood, now there goes the neighborhood

This is the movie of the screenplay
Of the book about a girl who meets a junkie
The messenger gets shot down
Just for carryin' the message to a flunkies
We can't be certain who the villains are
'cause everyone's so pretty
But the after party's sure to be
A wing ding as it moves into your city

Sunshine Sally and Peter Ustanov
Don't like the scene anyhow
I dropped acid on a Saturday night
Just to see what the stink was about

Sunshine Sally and Peter Ustanov
Don't like the scene anyhow
I dropped acid on a Saturday night
Just to see what the fuss was about
Now there goes the neighborhood
An' there goes the neighborhood

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There Goes The Neighborhood Lyrics as written by Sheryl Crow Jeff Trott

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    "The Neighborhood" is a surreal character study. Crow says, "My studio's in the meat-packing district, an area filled with Hell's Angels, transvestites and very colorful people. The song's about looking at surfaces and making judgment calls. Sadly enough, people do that all the time."" hiponline.com/artist/music/c/crow_sheryl/

    unspeakablemeon December 21, 2004   Link
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    This ballad sounds like a junkie's trip through the underbelly of Hollywood. I could be wrong about this one but it is really weird even by Crow's standards. It's a great song nonetheless, extremely weird though.

    OpinionHeadon October 11, 2004   Link
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    "And Cowboy Jane's in bed Nursing a swollen head"

    Calamity Jane (probably the most famous cowboy Jane?) was an itinerant alcoholic, so being in bed nursing a swollen head may well be a reference to a major hangover following a night on the town?

    "And Schoolboy John's in jail Making a killing through the U.S. Mail"

    A reference to the UNABomber Theodore John Kaczynski who was a child prodigy, entering Harvard at age 16?

    Sunshine Sally (Sally Strouth) was a presenter on a kids TV programme which aired on West Texas station KLBK-TV from 1976 to 1980. Crow grew up in Missouri, so most likely a reference to this character remembered from her teens? Peter Ustinov was British movie actor who also narrated a children's cartoon series called Dr Snuggles form the 1980's, so perhaps a reference in similar vein?

    Quite stream of consciousness, but the obtuse lyrics are perhaps more meaningful than first appearances suggest? Memories of an acid trip, or attempt at John Lennonesque psychedelic lyrics?

    Great song.

    000/on April 10, 2018   Link

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