Jabberwock - Southland


OBLIVIOUS I was born and raised Los Angeles, California Where the heavenly bodies graze and the mountains meet the sea We never have to wait for the next excellent swell Because life is perfect here – can’t you tell? There’s no cause to be alarmed My chauffeur is quite well armed Oblivious Couldn’t call it justice when the taggers hit your offramp Someone’s getting carjacked late night in Van Nuys No one likes a bum sleeping on their doorstep Where’s the glamour when another gangbanger dies? Ain’t no problems in Beverly Hills Living under the spell of Valentine pills Oblivious What in the world am I supposed to say when this becomes reality? Where in the world am I supposed to go when this is all I know I heard a rumor about these Vietnamese gangs in Garden Grove They’re almost as violent as the skinheads in Glendale Someone told me about the emergency in County Hospital Someone told me they had died and gone to Hell Why worry when it only exist on cable And LaLaLand is a televised fable Oblivious Don’t be a dumbshit, try to imagine it Peace on earth ain’t a matter of interment in the cold dark ground Listen to the sound of uzis in the their carriages That’s just the way it is I’ll tell you this, that there’s murder in the marriage of the church and state to the corporate dollar Heaven and Hell bent on the slaughter of innocents That’s what I meant We’re drowning in the ocean Dipping in the sea A total lack of emotion Is coming over me Oblivious I was born and raised Born and raised c 1994 by Wishnefsky, Dave Rodgers, and Todd Jameson Dave – drums, vibraslap mc100 – backing vocals, rap Wishnefsky – vocals, bass, electric guitars, synthesizer Stephen Bock – guest backing vocals COMMENTS This song was played on the radio more than any of our other songs. Like Knife, it was inspired by the LA riots. I was tired of the complex, pompous songs I was writing. I wanted to pen a direct, straight ahead rock song with some bite in the lyrics. It is one of the simplest songs I’ve ever written. When Bob Ezrin heard this song, he thought I stole the chords from an old Alice Cooper song. No, that was his ego talking. You can find D-A-E in a million rock songs. But, I don’t think you’ll find my lyrics or melody line or Todd’s hysterical rap anywhere else. This song was usually our set closer and for some reason used to make me want to jump round and thrash about like a complete idiot. Our producer Michael James said he didn’t really understand the song until I started bouncing off the walls when we were listening to a rough mix. In case you haven’t noticed, the Southland CD concerns the deterioration of Los Angeles during the early 1990s. We were right in the middle of it, yet totally removed. I am very fortunate. I’ve never been hungry. I’ve always lived in very nice places. It’s not like Donald Trump is my dad, but my family does well. So, it would be ridiculous for me to pretend that I know what it’s like to live in hardship. But, I do know what it’s like to suffer psychologically because no one is immune from the mysterious workings of their own brain, regardless of their status in life and sometimes because of their status in life. And I can see and listen and feel. I think Southland makes a statement about the psychological fallout in these post-modern times. Wishnefsky.

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