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True Revolutionaries

This song is by Dan Bern and appears on the album Smartie Mine (1999).

Look ma, they're gonna fry Tim McVay
She said, "The nice guy who's on the cover of all those magazines?
Why would they want to do a thing like that?"
I said, "'Cause he killed all those people
In oklahoma city."

She said, "Nonsense.
People don't kill people
Carbombs kill people."
I said, "Well yeah mom, but they gotta do something with him."
She said, "Why don't they just get Mike Tyson
To bite off both his ears."
And I say

True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
It attracts too much attention
They never bomb buildings

A little girl down my block was born
with silicone in her breasts
It turned out her grandma and her mother
both had the implants done well
Evolution took care of it this time around

And I wondered what it is about
So many women with big breasts
Make it look so sad and I thought well
Maybe it has something to do with the weight
The burden there is to carry in the world
To have to feed it
To be the object of its desires and
I wondered what burdens the rest of us
Are carrying all the time

I couldn't help thinking
True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
It attracts too much attention
They never bomb buildings

I decided to go for a walk
And not do nothing except look everyone I see in the eyes
And not be the first to avert my eyes, no matter what
And I was planning to be gone for 10 minutes
But things started happening and I didn't return for two years
By which time I was the heavyweight champion of the world
And the expectant father of 16 children
By 13 different women

I was in a fishing village in the coast of Spain
It was Our Lady of Abortions sunday afternoon
all the pregnant women in their first trimester
were filing before the priest
To receive their blessing of
Try again sometime, try again.

The old barber had died his hair green for the occasion
And pierced his nipples and was riding his skateboard to the statue
Of Conan O'Brien
Where he was doing backflips for the kids
Who threw coins given to them by their parents

The visiting lecturer, achingly handsome
Had just finished giving a
how to build bombs in your basement seminar in the park
All the young girls put away their notebooks dreamily

The chimpanzee who had managed to type out hamlet three years before
Was sitting in the third floor office of a drivers license building
Typing out zoning ordinances
Typing out learners permits
Bored and lonely

Pee Wee Herman was sitting in the central square on the grass
Naked and masturbating
While all the townspeople moved to him
Slowly and kissed him softly and
Sung him lullabyes in the grass

And in Berkeley and in greenwhich village
And in paris and scottsbluff nebraska
No one sits around in funky little coffee shops
anymore talking about revolution
Nah, they get a starbucks to go
And they go back to their basketball games
Where they see who can jump higher
Who can jam
Who can take it to the rack

And they all wear baseball caps
'Cept they don't say yankees or dodgers
They say nike, reebok, adidas
'Cause the pro players don't play for teams anymore
They play for shoe companies

And the kids aren't fooled
Nah, they're just biding their time
Waiting for the millenium to come
When all the computers will crash
'Cause the best scientists of the world
Forgot to make them read zeros

True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
It attracts too much attention
They never bomb buildings

Now sitting there with a head full of dark thoughts
Like I sometimes get
Suddenly everything cleared
And I realized that the only purpose for revolution
Is to be able to love who you want
How you want, when you want and where you want

So I took off all my clothes
Stole a boat and road out to the middle of the lake
And jumped in
And I looked back at you
And said come on! Get wet!

True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
True revolutionaries never bomb buildings
It attracts too much attention
They never bomb buildings
They never bomb buildings
They never bomb buildings

Written by:

Dan Bern

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