#SLS ~ I Don’t Think So

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. Jim hosts other prompts for music or writing also. Mosey on over to his site and take a gander. (look around, don’t steal a male goose) All the rules, and upcoming prompts can be found there as well.

This week the theme/prompt words are: Brutal, Cruel, Frenzy, Savage, Violent

There were a few songs that came to mind, most of them with the word cruel. The one that came first and stayed, was Everything Zen written by Gavin Rossdale, and performed by his band Bush. I hesitated to use the song because the word violence is not an exact match, but the song was insistent, so I’m using it and hoping it’s an acceptable, small deviation.

Everything Zen was the first single off their first album under the name Bush, called Sixteen Stone. It was their second release overall, having released a previous single Bomb, under the name Future Primative. The song Bomb was included on Sixteen Stone.

Everything Zen was released on January 28, 1995. It wasn’t an immediate hit, but eventually reached number two on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart. It was kept from the number one spot by Lightning Crashes, which I recently used. (I love little coincidences like that)

There must be something we can eat
Maybe find another lover
Should I fly to Los Angeles
Find my asshole brother

Mickey mouse has grown up a cow
Dave’s on sale again
We kissy kiss in the rear view
We’re so bored, you’re to blame

Try to see it once my way
Everything zen, everything zen
I don’t think so
Everything zen, everything zen
I don’t think so

Raindogs howl for the century
A million dollars at stake
As you search for your demigod
And you fake with a saint

There’s no sex in your violence
There’s no sex in your violence
There’s no sex in your violence
There’s no sex in your violence

Try to see it once my way
Everything zen, everything zen
I don’t think so
Everything zen, everything zen
I don’t think so
Everything zen, everything zen

I don’t believe that Elvis is dead, yeah
I don’t believe that Elvis is dead
I don’t believe that Elvis is dead, yeah
I don’t believe that Elvis is, Elvis is

There’s no sex in your violence
There’s no sex in your violence
There’s no sex in your violence
There’s no sex in your violence

Try to see it once my way
Everything zen, everything zen
I don’t think so
Try to see it once my way
Everything zen, everything zen
I don’t think so

Zen, zen
I don’t think so, I don’t think so, I don’t think so

Wiki says this about the lyrics: “Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow” are taken from David Bowie‘s 1971 song “Life on Mars?“. Other references in the song include Tom Waits (“Rain Dogs howl for the century”), Jane’s Addiction‘s “Ted, Just Admit It…” (“there’s no sex in your violence”), Alice in Chains‘ “Would?” (“try to see it once my way”), and the Elvis Presley sighting conspiracy theory (“I don’t believe that Elvis is dead”).

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Are you a fan of Bush? What song would you choose for this week’s prompt? Thanks for stopping by!

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