And You Feel Like Dancin’

I recently found a cache of old mix tapes I’d made in high school. Lots of hiss and lousy recordings — I think some of them were third- or fourth-generation cassette-to-cassette dubs — but they brought back some memories, and I finally caved in and did some searching at Apple’s online iTunes Music Store, and, well, I splurged a little. Bad Brains, Cro-Mags, Black Flag, Government Issue, Circle Jerks, and of course the Dead Kennedys:

So it’s Halloween
And you feel like dancin’
And you feel like shinin’
And you feel like letting loose

Whatcha gonna be
Babe, you better know
And you better plan
Better plan all day

Better plan all week
Better plan all month
Better plan all year

You’re dressed up like a clown
Putting on your act
It’s the only time all year
You’ll ever admit that

I can see your eyes
I can see your brain
Baby, nothing’s changed

You’re still hiding in a mask
You take your fun seriously
No, don’t blow this year’s chance
Tomorrow your mold goes back on

After Halloween

You go to work today
You’ll go to work tomorrow
Shitfaced tonight
You’ll brag about it for months

Remember what I did
Remember what I was
Back on Halloween

But what’s in between
Where are your ideas
You sit around and dream
For next Halloween

Why not every day
Are you so afraid
What will people say

Why not every day
Are you so afraid
What will people say

After Halloween

Because your role is planned for you
There’s nothing you can do
But stop and think it through
But what will the boss say to you

And what will your girlfriend say to you
And the people out on the street they might glare at you
And what do you know you’re pretty self-conscious too

So you run back and stuff yourself in rigid business costumes
Only at night to score is your leather uniform exhumed
Why don’t you take your social regulations
And shove ’em up your ass

Why don’t you take your social regulations
And shove ’em up your ass

Why don’t you take your social regulations
And shove ’em up your ass

(Dead Kennedys, “Halloween”)

Course, the day after Halloween is kind of a big day for me — the big twoscore less a finn — but this year, November 2 seems somehow a little more important to me. 🙂

And You Feel Like Dancin’

2 thoughts on “And You Feel Like Dancin’

  • November 1, 2004 at 12:02 pm
    Permalink

    Funny, I happen to have one of your Army mix-tapes in my car right now. I tried to get my wife to listen to it, but for some reason she just doesn’t get the velvet toned stylings of your type of music. Then again she thinks that Dream Theatre rocks.

  • Pingback: CultureCat

Comments are closed.