All American Alien Boy

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Ian Hunter Patterson, (born 3 June 1939), is an English singer-songwriter who is best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Mott the Hoople from its inception in 1969 to its dissolution in 1974, and at the time of its 2009 reunion. Hunter was a musician and songwriter before joining Mott The Hoople, and continued in this vein after he left the band. He embarked on a solo career despite ill health and disillusionment with commercial success, and often worked in collaboration with Mick Ronson, David Bowie's sideman and arranger from the Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars period. more »


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I packed my bags - in the land of rags
'Cause I don't believe in them dimmo drags
Don't want to vote for the left wing - don't want to vote for the right
I gotta have both-to make me fly

Just a whitey from Blighty - heading out west
Got my little green card an' my bulletproof vest
Goin' to old tube city - where the buzz is the best
On down the line (down the line) down the line (down the line)

Well I was born (on the line) an' I was raised (on the line)
I was schooled (on the line) an' I was fazed (on the line)
An' I was used (on the line) an' I was dazed (on the line)
Just had to split (off the line) 'cause I was crazed (off the line)

An' I remember all the good times - me 'n Miller enjoyed
Up and down the M1 in some luminous yo-yo toy
But the future has to change - and to change I've got to destroy
Oh look out Lennon here I come - land ahoy-hoy-hoy

All American Alien Boy All American Alien Boy
Don't look down put your feet on the ground don't drown in the big aquarium 
Don't walk slow - put on a big show - shove your meat down vegetarians
Don't get slugged, get mugged, get bugged, or they'll sling you in the jug
Shove you under some rug, give you some drug - pull out the plug and then... 

And they're telling me this hamburger's cheaper than the other
An' this television's cheaper than the other
And they're selling me hotdogs cheaper than the other
An' these pizzas cheaper than the other
And I don't understand all this - I'm just an All American Alien Boy

An' they're telling me rifles are shot in Connecticut
They're telling me pistols are shot in Westchester
You can get a Saturday Night Special on Flatbush, on the Bowery, or the Bronx 

Or on 42nd Street - And I don't understand all this - being an All American Alien Boy 
I've got sodium nitrate rotting in my guts 
My head's full of ulcers I got lungs full of butts 
My heart wants a transplant - it thinks that I'm nuts 
My logic won't open - my eyes won't shut 
An' I'm beginning to dig all this - being an All American Alien Boy 

And your women are always right (alright) 
They always know so much more 
'Cause the women came from heaven 
An' the men came outta some store 
An' they don't know who they are and they don't know what they're for 

I'm an All American Alien Boy - look out Mary Tyler Moore 
All American Alien Boy 

Ten Bears, Two Bears, Standing Bear, Plenty Bear, 
Old Bear, Brave Bear, Hollow Horn Bear 
Silver Knife, Spotted Tail, Yellow Hand, Red Cloud, 
Red Fox, Red Horse, Black Kettle, 
White Ghost, White Bull, White Thunder, White Hog, 
hold on a minute gotta frog in my throat 
Cochise, Alchise, Roman Nose, Geronimo - hold on a minute - more to go 
Sitting Bull, Tall Bull, Crazy Horse and Short Bull, 
Low Dog, Red Dog, Yellow Wolf, Low Wolf 
Loco, Victorio, Chato, Little Crow, Dead Eyes, Jak, Taza an' Colorow 
My mouth's exploding that's enough of this noise 
I guess we're all - All American Alien Boys.

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Written by: IAN HUNTER

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