This is just the basic, this is not the best
Everybody knows that the trouble starts when you talk all about the rest
First, you went to college and then you got yourself degrees
Then, you got some pretty girls to get down on their knees
You took yourself some pictures and you showed them to your friends
Now, you're going straight to Hell and that's where your story ends

Well, one of those girls was a friend of mine
One of those ones you took
One of those girls didn't want to see her face on the cover of a dirty book
One of those girls took her life last night just in case you had not heard
And everybody knows that the pretty ones go down doing it for the work, and

[Chorus:]
Don't be fooled
Don't be flattered
It's not like you ever mattered
When the world around is falling down, and every ship's been shattered
Don't be fooled
Don't flattered
It's not like you ever mattered
Not to me
Ah, Rick James was the original super freak

Man, you're not so perfect
Man, you're not a pearl
You're nothing more, man, than a little piece of sand
That grew up inside of a girl
I don't go for the Novocain
'Cause I don't like the pain
And I don't fall for the Jesus freaks when they seem like they want to win

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
I'm not looking for an answer anymore
I'm not looking for a visionary
Help me, Mother Mary
I've done my time
I'm closer everyday to a life of crime

The god above us and everywhere - he watches all the people die
Killing them as others waste their time in asking why
But time is all we're given, and the happiness we seek
It may be the peace within the meek or maybe the statement of the freak and

[Chorus x 2]


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Rick James Lyrics as written by Michael Jude Christodal

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    I can't believe no one has commented on this song yet. Jude is amazing. This song is so funny. Obviously Rick James was famous for his song "Super Freak," hence "Rick James was the original super freak."

    I love the line "Don't be fooled, don't be flattered, it's not like you ever mattered."

    cityondown78on August 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I don't think this song is funny at all. It's about one of his close friends being sexually abused by some guy and becoming so depressed she kills herself. The reference to Rick James is interesting, but really not that funny.

    matsieon February 19, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    OK so, 15+ years later (internet time travel in full effect)

    Yeah to me this is: "you exploited my friend and she killed herself because of it. You think you're some sort of OG badass. But you can't hold a candle to the original." (And then, every time I hear this song I add some version of this in my brain voice: "...and be thankful you're only being dragged in song; You deserve way the hell worse.")

    RussilloSMon August 21, 2022   Link

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