Black Flag - Shed Reading (Rattus Norvegicus) Lyrics

I am Rattus Norvegicus.
I'm sitting in some shit-hole rat's nest and I'm a little angry.
I wanted to be a talk show host-not a rat.
You men think you have it bad with women?
I've got it a lot worse let me tell you.
What am I gonna say to some nice looking girl who I want to meet?
I can tread water for over 36 hours?
I can chew through lead pipes and cinderblocks?
I can run on telephone wires?!
And what if I do get the girl home?
Can't fit her though the door-it's too small.
Yeah I got a lot of girls.
How'd you like to have a tail that went through your body to drag around all the time?-
Not my idea of fun by a long shot!
And do you see the neighborhoods that I'm forced to live in?
Those people live like pigs!
Can't catch the subway-they haven't built it yet.
Can't catch the up-town bus I can't reach the step-up.
Hey taxi!
And everyone,
Wants to kill me,
Feed me drugs and poison,
Put electrodes in my head and make me run on treadmills
Dissect, bisect, and defect me.
Biome, blind, mane and tame me.
Are you folks crazy?!
You never invite me to your parties as if I would really wanna go anyhow.
Have you ever asked me to go to a movie?
How 'bout bowling?
You ever seen a rat cry?
I got tears.
And I have a heart-and I got brains.
If you could just see past the fur,
I think that you would see
That I'm a lot like you.

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  1. Remus McLoud

    i've invited a rat to go bowling before

  2. thewdc

    In '84 Rollins was awesome!

  3. Pyramid Never

    R e d u c e r

  4. -Viperplayer187 -

    yep there's a lot of us rats out there duder

  5. Adhesive Boi

    One day, I might get old and pass this off as immature. But for now, it's poetry.

  6. Michelle Fischer

    Best Black flag record ever!People really admonished rollins when he joined B.F.What they failed to realize was this was like the beat poets,but 4 punk rock.With greg ginn and crew backing his poetry it was like cacophonic jazz that accompanied the spoken word.Maybe it was 2 iconoclastic 4 the punks back then,but it changed how I saw artistic expression.

  7. gg allin

    i can relate

  8. monkeymagoo47

    I thought the idea of telling a story from a rodents point of view was pretty cool but then I realized it was about me and I got sad.

  9. coldaziceee

    Man this is tooo good.