8. Heartland Feeling
[Steve Hanft speaking:] (I'm totally f'ed up. I can barely speak. I'm totally f'ed up. They gave me so many drugs. But, uh...I'm gonna be here...) [FM&OS version starts here] [Steve Hanft speaking:] (Alright, what we're talking about here is...is kind of a... it's a heartland feeling...like, uh, Mellencamp, you know, kind of a Mellen feeling. Ok, what you gotta get together is a... some...a heartland folk singer. Uh, we're gonna need a real quick... Uh, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seeger...that type of feel. A Mellen feeling. You know, real, uh, powerful, approving music, uh...of a heartland quality, uh, just powerful straightforward music. And if you can't get just the right type of feeling, find someone who will pass and change them.) Old man Johnson got his head in his hand Making his way across state In a fiddling band With hair all down in his eyes And the microphone all covered with flies When he gets done playing, Goes back to his room Climbs in the bed in his cowboy boots And he picks up a magazine, Turns on the TV Lights a cigar as he's falling asleep Well he's only a person Who doesn't know s--t Yea, nothing happening That's about it Yeeaaaah Well little RoseAnna came from Tex-arkana Had fourteen dollars wrapped in a bandana Came into town not looking for much Well she found a hound dog And she named him Dutch She got a job at the arcade taking quarters But she was never too good at taking orders So one night she stopped giving out change She kicked the boss in the shin And unplugged the games She's only a person Who doesn't know s--t Nothing happening That's about it Ooow ooow, yea yea yea Sam got canned at the cannery He punched out the clock that night His knuckle was bleeding as he walked home He was cold and he had a headache Well his wife was cooking canned beans He took out all the money out of his jeans And he set it on fire in the kitchen sink As his wife handed him a drink He was only a person Who didn't know s--t Nothing happening That's about it Oh yeah Wooow ooow ooow Smiley was looking for handouts Sleeping in an abandoned lighthouse Down at the mini-mall shaking his hat Washing windows with his bare hand He found a sports car with the keys In the ignition it just seemed so easy He took a joyride, drove it into a hedge Came out with the steering wheel wrapped around his head Well he's only a person Who doesn't know s--t Nothing happening That's about it Ooow ooow yea Well Janie was born in a small town Everybody just standing around They had bingo games and the raffle Everybody chewing tobacco Well she grew up kind of restless All her boyfriends wanted to be dentists Well, she got a job at the truck stop And she got old fast and never did what she wanted She's only a person Who doesn't know s--t Nothing happening That's about it Yea yea yea....oh yea [etc.]
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