June 06, 2007

Mystery Solved

Jesus of Cool

Ever have a song that you absolutely love to sing along with but always get stuck at a certain part because, for the life of you, you can't understand the lyrics? No? Then go away. If you can relate, read on.

After almost 30 years, I've finally found out what the heck Nick Lowe (on the album Jesus of Cool, a.k.a. Pure Pop for Now People) was singing about as he described the members of a fictional band in They Called It Rock (click the link to listen). I always got this far:
"The drummer is a bookie/the singer is a whore/the bass player's s..."
I thought he was saying "the bass player's surly 'cause he never won an award" but I knew, deep down, that I was completely wrong. Now, through the magic of the Google, I now know that the complete line is:
"The drummer is a bookie/the singer is a whore/the bass player's selling clothes he never would've worn"
Aren't you thrilled for me?!?!?

Big thanks to the Retroactive Radio Show for posting the lyrics.


Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, I thought that "Secret Agent Man" was "Secret Asian Man." I always wondered why the Asian man was a secret.

Anonymous said...

Dude I had the same problem up until a second ago! i thought he was saying award too...props for solving that mystery for me. classic album.