Scatman John - Quiet Desperation Lyrics




You're sitting on a milk mornin' noon and night
Fantisizin' the American dream
You're lookin' pretty good and you've got yourself convinced
That the nightmare isn't as bad as it seems
You try your best to hide yourself beneath your turned up collar
And a plastic bag is all you've got to show
And your books inside your shopping cart
Is probably the best education you're ever gonna know (Hmm)

The guy in the Mercedes is just hollered with the dollar
Better grab it 'cause the signal's turnin' green
And while you're at it put the jug behind the picket fence
'Cause the cop that's drivin' by sho'looking mean
Institution, contribution, restitution, destitution
Doesn't mean a thing to you now
You're the freeway feature
For your audience are driving by
So maybe you should stand and take a bow

You're living in desperation
And you never have felt complete
You live in anticipation
Of another day on the street, sing with me

[Scatting by Scatman John]

You're sitting in the same spot
You want to go home
But there ain't no home but home on the range
You've forgotten what you look like and it looks like you've forgotten
That the look inside your eye is very strange
Ain't nothing left to hide
You're stripped of all your pride and all you feel inside
Is a hole a mile wide
You're the freedom desperado
And the perfect living model
Of a land that hasn't any good excuse

You're living in desperation
And you never have felt complete
You live in anticipation
Of another day on the street, sing with me

[Scatting by Scatman John]

Sittin' on your milkcrate, blanket wrapped around you
I see you sitting day after day
I really like to talk but I know if I approached you
You'd probably get up and walk away
You're wishin' that your home of the American dream
Wasn't only smoke and exhaust
I love you desperado and all I gotta say
You let me know how much I really lost

You're living in desperation
And you never have felt complete
You live in anticipation
Of another day on the street, sing with me

[Scatting by Scatman John]

You're living in desperation
And you never have felt complete
You live in anticipation
Of another day on the street, sing with me

[Scatting by Scatman John]





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  1. DjManger 9987

    Anyone hear mario kart music when he scats?

  2. Foxy Hop

    I is Rassian. I love music Scatman's. Я Русский. Я люблю музыку Скетмена.

  3. Zofia smith

    This is one very cool song - my 7 year old daughters said so. Clearly this is wonderful music it speaks to people from different generations, right?

    Ozkan

    I truly hope so. You also should show her the song called "Scatmusic" from "Everybody Jam!" album. I sure she'll like it 😉

    Zofia smith

    @Ozkan yeah, sure thing! We went through all of them. His songs were on the radio a lot when I was a teenager 😊

    Ozkan

    @Zofia smith oh, I'm really pleased to know that people of "the youngest generation" grow knowing Scatman John's legacy. Even if them are not many 😊.
    Anyway, have you ever had a chance to witness Scatman live? On a concert, for example. I'm interested in it cause' I was born after John's death and have never seen a human who could see him (Scatman) live

  4. mysteriousDSF

    What does this song mean to you, guys? What's the message? Let's discuss

  5. Canal da Anna Julia Deda

    Hello John

  6. El Sudao

    Reality

  7. Phoenixesper1

    Scatman John and george carlin... 2 sides of the same coin, one who had the gift of music, the other the gift of comedy... and both spready the same philosophy... that hope is in the hands of those who give a dman.

  8. Puppa Dew

    2019 - same or updated?

  9. Bozo Games78

    RIP Scatman John

  10. Urmas

    Из Росси с любовью.....

  11. Caleb Hansberry

    I think FilthyFrank drew inspiration from this song.

  12. Phoenixesper1

    It's like if george carlin choose a singing career instead of stand up.

  13. Joe Coupon

    Consider this: he made his best art towards the end of his life. It took a lifetime of suffering for him to bear indelible fruit--a message of Hope for the rest us.

  14. Dominic

    this sounds like wii music

  15. Cillit bang

    20 years since Scatman John's death. He may have left this world, but he lives on in Scatmans world.

    leatherlip05

    Not till December3rd

  16. Mark Harrop

    Everyone knows his major hit but hearing his lesser known songs is in itself a joy. And the lasting legacy throughout is that despite what life throws your way, hope and optimism is what drives humanity. To quote "If the Scatman can do it brother so can you". Thank you Scatman John R.I.P. 🌹

  17. An Arizona Ranger

    noone:


    Mario kart wii: 0:57

  18. MetehanTV

    Scatman=CEO of facts

  19. Nun with Dual Berettas

    I need to travel back in time and eliminate lung cancer.

    Nun with Dual Berettas

    @Clormpus Dibbleshnopp He died from lung cancer.

    J M

    First, travel forward in time and get the cure for cancer... later, go to the beginning of time and you only have to leave the cure there... Perfect plan...

    Scypio 81

    It happened already, so you can't back in this time.

  20. Luca Selle

    ❤️❤️❤️ R.I.P.

  21. Xochi S

    Wait a second.
    This actually came on the radio yesterday at my work.

    Scatman

    There's finally a radio station on the world who plays Scatman John's songs.

    Yiayiosmalakas

    i dont belive you

  22. Alex Hughes

    Top ten rappers Eminem was afraid off.

  23. Dahakra

    Hope He got His song out....

  24. Ian Lass

    I wish I could have met him.

  25. Александр Гусев

    Он должен был жить вечно...

  26. maxengem ROBLOX

    Я считаю песни Скэтмэна должны услышать каждые. Его имя должны слышать все.
    И его песни.

    The 16-Bit Channel

    У меня кстати тоже мнение.Кто-то посчитает их ужасными,но даже эта непопулярная песня невероятно хороша

    Ozkan

    @The 16-Bit Channel просто для того, чтобы понять, что почти все песни Джона уникальные и особенные, нужно знать английский

  27. nicholepetkus1

    this is dumb

  28. Mercedes Carmona Moreno

    I LOVE It the song is beautiful

  29. MrKorupta

    never heard this until today. I love it.

  30. Cameron Lane

    Y isn't life like this :"( 1 like = you know what I mean

  31. Nego Pinturas

    Saudades scatman John foi demais esteja com Deus 👏👏👍💖

  32. Zhandos Kossakbay

    I love his songs. He was so good man. Lay on peace man.

  33. night light

    This is ❤love you scatman🎶🎵🎤

  34. anthony herrera

    42 justin beiber fans didnt like this song

  35. Cristian Martone

    RIP Scatman <3

  36. Johannes Jirsak

    that's true rap!! <3

  37. ROBIN HOOD

    *QUIET* *DESPERATION* *BRAVO SCATMAN*

  38. Willkhami

    The first music album I ever had was Scatman's back in the mid 90's. I still listen to the songs especially I'm a Scatman and Quiet Desperation. The latter always puts me in a state of reflection because it's sad yet beautiful.

  39. Linus Continental 22

    scatman's world is truly a nightmarish hellscape the world has not known since the inferno

  40. Donald Lacy

    Anyone who disliked this is surely missing out on the amazingness of the legend Scatman John.

  41. youssef Sheko

    Is he dead??

    Plaski111

    Yup died to cancer in 1999 :(

    Plaski111

    John "Scatman" Larkin he stuttered hes entire life that is why he could do all those sounds.
    He turned disability into a musical art. Originally he was a jazz musician that is why in many of hes songs we can hear jazz motives not in that one thou :)

  42. grimm reaper

    this man gives me the spirit to keep trying no matter how hard i fall

  43. Jack Sans Eibon

    hey hey
    more respect for the hero of culture
    more likes to the budy!!
    Rest in peace, john <3

    Scypio 81

    * buddy

  44. Christoph Grambach

    2018! 1995, i was 14, and i loved and admired the LP! but more the melodies,dancehits then.and today, the lyrics are outstanding,and are really deep-minded,timeless human Values! John Larkin, youre simply great!! many thx for your music! it has a special place in my CD-collection :)

  45. Aram Soghomonjan

    2:10 false

  46. Bailey Levanen

    Scatman for Smash

    Arturinis Cos

    I'll smash to scatman

  47. That One GT Guy

    Despite it being a song about broken dreams, it's surprisingly in a happy calming tone. Lol

    Ismail

    It's celebrating the subject of the song as someone deserving of respect, hence the optimistic tone.

    JustSomeCringyKid

    wait til you hear about pumped up kicks

  48. Макс Найт

    Thank you! R.I.P.,Scatman! We always love you!

  49. Gastly 忍

    I love this song. ❤️

  50. Eternal Dreamer

    This is true RAP or hip-hop :)

    therealshadowwolf1

    Not rap or hip-hop

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  55. Tanner Hastings

    Jesus Christ Scatman you were a fucking treasure with a real fucking message man rest in peace brother rest in fucking peace

  56. BOSSVEDO

    Scatman is awesome

    Desko

    *was
    sadly

  57. Владимир Билинский

    супер.

  58. Eder Rodrigues

    palmeiras não tem mundial!!

    João Guilherme Torres

    sem nexo

  59. Christmas

    Passed away in 99' still has great music! Don't let nothing hold you back!

  60. Freddie faulig

    lyrics

    Your're sitting on a milk mornin' noon and night 
    Fantisizin' the American dream
    You're lookin' pretty good and you've got yourself conviced
    That the nightmare isn't a s bad as it seems

    You try your best to hide yourself beneath your turned up collar
    And a plastic bag is all you've got to show
    And your books inside your shopping cart
    Is probably the best education you're ever gonna know (Hmm)

    The guy in the Mercedes is just hard on with the dollar
    Better grab it 'cause the signal's turnin' green
    And while you're at it put the jug behind the picket fence
    'Cause the copper's driving past you lookin' mean

    Institution, contribution, restitution, destitution 
    Doesn't mean a thing to you now
    You're the freeway feature 
    For your audience are driving by

    So maybe you should stand and take a bow
    Your living in desperation
    And you never have felt complete
    You live in anticipation

    Of another day on the street, sing with me
    (Scatting by Scatman John)
    You're sitting in the same spot
    You want to go home

    But there ain't no home but home on the range
    You've forgotten what you look like and it looks like you've forgotten
    That the look inside your eye is very strange
    Ain't nothing left to hide

    You're stripped of all your pride and all you feel inside
    Is a hole a mile wide 
    You're the freedom desperado
    And the perfect living model

    Of a land that hasn't any good excuse
    Your living in desperation
    And you never have felt complete
    You live in anticipation

    Of another day on the street, sing with me
    (Scatting by Scatman John)
    Sittin' on your milkcrate, blanket wrapped around you
    I see you sitting day after day

    I really like to talk but I know if I approached you
    You'd probably get up and walk away
    You're wishin' that your home of the American dream
    Wasn't only smoke and exhaust

    I love you desperado and all I gotta say
    You let me know how much I really lost
    Your living in desperation
    And you never have felt complete

    You live in anticipation
    Of another day on the street, sing with me
    (Scatting by Scatman John)
    Your living in desperation

    And you never have felt complete
    You live in anticipation
    Of another day on the street, sing with me
    (Scatting by Scatman John)

    ryan24287

    aidan's engels
    Thank you

    Freddie faulig

    ryan24287 no problem my friend <3

    Willowdrakon 16483204

    Thanks, but the paragraphs are awkward

    Fig Channel

    @Willowdrakon 16483204 just like pronouncing in fast japanese songs (meguri megutta kisetsu no naka modoru koto sae dekinai no nara
    Last Dance Heaven
    odori tsudzukete yume no naka de koware kuzusare kieru kokoro ga
    Last Dance Heaven - this is the original one, and now, how you need to pronounce it correctly (if you don't understand, how to say it, look at the end of my comment first):
    meguri me. ugutta, kisetsu no naka, modoru ko. to sae, dek. inai no nara
    Last Dance Heku
    odori tsud. zukete, yume no naka de, koware ku. zusare, kieru kokoro ga
    Last Dance Heku

    The "." means the pause between the words parts and the "," means the pause between whole phrases

    Translation of the song: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amentranslations.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/lost-emotion/amp/

    Willowdrakon 16483204

    @Fig Channel there are no commas or periods here, I didnt need to know that japanese song.

  61. Filmitis

    RIP Scatman. Your music will continue to make people happy.

  62. luissapicho

    pleased to hear his less popular songs are still good. RIP Scatman john

    CrotchetyOldman

    Easily one of my favorite songs.

    J Murphy

    He's dead???! I only just discovered him nooooooo!

    gr 8

    yeah it's sad people don't listen or care about his other works 😧

  63. UtrechterK

    I love you scatman john

    luca selle

    I Too! <3

    Kamel Jones

    I love you scatman John and all I got to say is YOU LET ME KNOW HOW MUCH I REALLY LOST.

  64. NxP

    is Scatman ever gonna come back around..?

    Achyuth Murlei

    I think he meant the trend of Scatman in the modern world.

    Hanut Pandya

    Yes when I grow I will build a spaceship and go to heaven to meet him

    Scypio 81

    @Hanut Pandya 😂 Cool idea, sadly that will not work.

    YungThugger

    @Scypio 81 Buzzkill

    YungThugger

    @Hanut Pandya follow your dreams kid soon we'll all be with him in the afterlife

  65. moyex

    i am scatman !

    Butterfree

    lol. two people took the b8.






    m8.

    Shiz Honey Iced T

    lol two people have poor grammar/spelling

    Butterfree

    I use my grammar skills in comments that I want people to take seriously because it helps people take it seriously.
    I don't use my grammar skills in comments that I don't want people to take seriously because it helps people *not* take it seriously.
    In that comment, I was only being playful and didn't actually want to make an official point.
    Also, I wouldn't be talking. You used "lol," didn't capitalize anything, and used no punctuation.

    Litaunq

    Shiz Honey, If you didn't bother to Specify who you where replying to, you're also retarded.

    Virgelio Murallon

    Venazone Do you use common sense?

  66. UntoteWelt

    I'm too down for this genre of music it's fantastic, love what you do man! Keep it up i enjoy seeing artists move forward in their music

    Litaunq

    Lordofwars88, You're using Present Tense.

    Craneformers

    copy and paste strategy sometimes don't work

    Réclame Tes Cadeaux

    oh noooo

    Kamel Jones

    James Butler Shit, you’re right..

    Scypio 81

    He's dead for almost 21 years.