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O Superman by Laurie Anderson

preview00 There is no song more unsettling, addictive, strange, haunting, subversive and illusive than O Superman by Laurie Anderson. It’s one of those songs that pops up frequently on Big Friendly’s random iPod tunes and each time it comes around I get those nostalgic, crazy feelings again.

I remember when the song first time it came out and how it blew me away. More than twenty years later, and many Laurie songs in between, it still remains one of the most moving things I listen to.

Here are the lyrics. To remind you.

O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad.
O Superman. O judge. O Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad.
Hi. I’m not home right now. But if you want to leave a
message, just start talking at the sound of the tone.
Hello? This is your Mother. Are you there? Are you
coming home?
Hello? Is anybody home? Well, you don’t know me,
but I know you.
And I’ve got a message to give to you.
Here come the planes.
So you better get ready. Ready to go. You can come
as you are, but pay as you go. Pay as you go.

And I said: OK. Who is this really? And the voice said:
This is the hand, the hand that takes. This is the
hand, the hand that takes.
This is the hand, the hand that takes.
Here come the planes.
They’re American planes. Made in America.
Smoking or non-smoking?
And the voice said: Neither snow nor rain nor gloom
of night shall stay these couriers from the swift
completion of their appointed rounds.

‘Cause when love is gone, there’s always justice.
And when justice is gone, there’s always force.
And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi Mom!

So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. So hold me,
Mom, in your long arms.
In your automatic arms. Your electronic arms.
In your arms.
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms.
Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms.
In your electronic arms.

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2 Comments

  1. Ugli Bob

    couldn’t agree more – this song haunts at 50km over many years. i imagine you’ve seen this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhm0NHhCBg

    we had a really hot movement teacher in drama 1 that we all worshipped quite a bit, and she got us grooving to “born, never asked” which turned us on to laurie anderson. that, and a sensational choreography to “born in xixax” by nina hagen. awesome.

  2. megan

    Omigod! Nina Hagen. I can hear her now. “I vas valking down the rooooaaaad!” The bomb.

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