A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch

by Dead Kennedys

Dead Kennedys are an American hardcore punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1978. The band became part of the American hardcore punk movement of the early 1980s. They gained a large underground fanbase in the international punk rock community, and were one of the first American hardcore…




In lonely gas stations with mini-marts
You'll find rows of them for sale
Liquor-filled statues of Elvis Presley
Drink like a vampire 
His disciples flock to such a fitting shrine
Sprawled across from his graceless mansion
A shopping mall
Filled with prayer rugs and Elvis dolls 

And I wonder
Yeah I wonder
Will Elvis take the place of Jesus in a thousand years 

Religious wars
Barbaric laws
Bloodshed worldwide
Over what's left of his myth 

A growing boy needs his lunch 

When pesticides get banned we're safe up north
We just sell them to those other countries
Soon there's lots of exotic deformed babies
Somehow that's not our fault 

Just dip 'em in glaze paint 'em orange and green
For the Arizona roadside stands
To sell alongside plaster burros and birthbaths 

And I wonder
Yeah I wonder
Why so many insects around us feed off the dead 

Death squads
Starvation
Foreign aid?
Just leave it to the magic of the marketplace 

A growing boy needs his lunch 

Everyone should just love each other 
Dip your toe into the fire 
Drop your guns and lawsuits and love each other 
Life begins beyond the bunker 
And while you're busy hugging in the streets
Outgrowing your hatred for all to feel
Jiminy Cricket's found a game to play
Stick your neck out and trust-It'll be chopped away 
Jimmy through your locked front doors
Rifle through your sacred drawers
Line my pockets
Deface your dreams
Til the cows come home to me 

Nibbling like an earwig winding through your brain
Bound like Lawrence Harvey spread eagle to a bed
The migraine gets worse when we find out we lay eggs
And no one in all of Borneo can hear you scream 

Turn on
Tune in
Cop out 

Drop kick 
Turn in 
Tune out

Written by: BIAFRA, FLOURIDE, PELIGRO, RAY

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