bastard

Release Date: 9/96

Album: KEEP YOURSELF AMUSED

Writer: ADAM MARSLAND

Audio:

Lyrics:

She's got a face that couldn't keep from twitching

Looks at her thighs, justifies another trip to the kitchen

In her breadbox she hides her letters and rejection slips

It's a casserole of crumbs and chocolate chips

 

Her friends all know at the sound of the phone

When she sells hello in a broken tone

They will run out of words that are soothing and kind

That won't disintegrate the trait that she's hiding behind

 

She cries long and hard

Now the devil's in the disaster

She cries long and hard

All her men have feet of plaster

She crieds long and hard

Over a dirty bastard

 

She's a writer, not a poet, although she's in that class

But she still won't observe the raw nerve that brought her to this pass

And there were princes she decided were frogs and so she looked in reverse

The other men say she's crazy and worthless and she thinks that she's worse

 

You could say this cliche sounds like the second day of a tawdry affair

But don't tell her that square one is the very next hex

'Cause she's already been there

And she knows what's next

Musicians:

Adam - vocals, guitars
Rob Cassell - vocals, bass
James Hazley - drums

Adam sez:

"Dirty Bastard" was the first song we recorded with Earle Mankey and as the first song of ours to appear on CD (on a 1995 compilation put out by Paul Collins called POP MATTERS) led directly to our getting signed to Big Deal, ironically as a result of a chat room conversation that I had blundered into (and also from our packing out the Roxy on a Tuesday night). Musically, it's complex and a lot harder to play than it sounds; it's one of the better songs on the first album and compositionally I think it's pretty solid, though like everything else on the first album taken at an unnecessarily breakneck tempo. Lyrically, it's the first of many songs written from the female point of view, a character study of an intelligent and dysfunctional person that tries to see things as they really are and not take sides.

The guitar tone on this and a lot of early Cockeyed Ghost songs is directly lifted from Paul Weller's on "This is the Modern World."

©1995 Adam Marsland (BMI)

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