Last Great American Whale 1989 Lou Reed
เพลงLast Great American Whale

ศิลปิน: Lou Reed

อัลบัม: New York

ออกเมื่อ: 10-01-1989

Last Great American Whale - Lou Reed

They say he didn't have an enemy


his was a greatness to behold


He was the last surviving progeny


the last one on this side of the world


He measured a half mile from tip to tail


silver and black with powerful fins


They say he could split a mountain in two

that's how we got the Grand Canyon


Last great American whale


last great American whale


Last great American whale


last great American whale


Some say they saw him at the Great Lakes

some say they saw him off of Florida


My mother said she saw him in Chinatown


but you can't always trust your mother


Off the Carolinas the sun shines brightly in the day


the lighthouse glows ghostly there at night


The chief of a local tribe had killed a racist mayor's son


and he'd been on death row since 1958


The mayor's kid was a rowdy pig


spit on Indians and lots worse


The old chief buried a hatchet in his head

life compared to death for him seemed worse


The tribal brothers gathered in the lighthouse to sing


and tried to conjure up a storm or rain


The harbor parted, the great whale sprang full up


and caused a hugh tidal wave


The wave crushed the jail and freed the chief


the tribe let out a roar


The whites were drowned, the browns and reds set free

but sadly one thing more


Some local yokel member of the NRA


kept a bazooka in his living room


And thinking he had the chief in his sight


blew the whale's brains out with a lead harpoon


Last great American whale


last great American whale


Last great American whale


last great American whale


Well Americans don't care for much of anything


land and water the least


And animal life is low on the totem pole


with human life not worth more than infected yeast


Americans don't care too much for beauty


they'll shit in a river, dump battery acid in a stream


They'll watch dead rats wash up on the beach


and complain if they can't swim


They say things are done for the majority


don't believe half of what you see and none of what you hear


It's like what my painter friend Donald said to me

"Stick a fork in their ass and turn them over, they're done"


Album default