HIS BRAIN (Parody of Cocaine)

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HIS BRAIN (Parody of Cocaine)

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Lyrics by Don Caron – Music: Cocaine by J.J. Cale

HIS BRAIN parody projectIt’s a worry we’ve got, so much worse than we thought, his brain
It is takin’ us down, it’s a prop for a clown, his brain
and it lies, no surprise, our demise, his brain
that dirty old brain

His behavior’s obtuse, and a screw might be loose, his brain
It’s a danger to all, altogether banal, his brain
womanize, stigmatize, rationalize, his brain
That dirty old brain

What should we do, is there a way to get through to his brain?
Must we wait till it’s done, til it’s had all its fun? His brain.
Sanitize, moralize, humanize, his brain
the dirty old brain

Stabilize, socialize, democratize, his brain.
Stabilize, socialize, democratize, his brain.

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HISTORY OF SOURCE MATERIAL for “His Brain” – Cocaine
(Written by Paul J.J. Cale)


Cocaine Eric Clapton 700x500“Cocaine” was written and recorded way back in 1976 by singer-songwriter J. J. Cale. It was Eric Clapton that gave it its popularity when he recorded and released it in 1977 on his album “Slowhand.” Cocaine was the cover song for that album, which was produced by Glyn johns.

Eric Clapton recorded and released several of J.J. Cale’s songs, including “Travelin’ Light” and “After Midnight.” There’s no question that Cocaine can be counted among Clapton’s most popular releases. AllMusic critic Richard Gilliam noted that “even for an artist like Clapton with a huge body of high-quality work, ‘Cocaine’ ranks among his best.”

Cocaine, a song which has been around for over 40 years, has had its terms of controversy. In the wake of rampant drug use in the music industry, many saw it as a reflection of that serious problem and believe it to be a pro-drug song.

Clapton chose to disagree with this assessment and referred to the song as being “quite cleverly anti-cocaine.”

Clapton’s words: “It’s no good to write a deliberate anti-drug song and hope that it will catch. Because the general thing is that people will be upset by that. It would disturb them to have someone else shoving something down their throat. So the best thing to do is offer something that seems ambiguous—that on study or on reflection actually can be seen to be “anti”—which the song “Cocaine” is actually an anti-cocaine song. If you study it or look at it with a little bit of thought … from a distance … or as it goes by … it just sounds like a song about cocaine. But actually, it is quite cleverly anti-cocaine.”

Because of the controversy surrounding the song, there was a period of time when Clapton stopped performing the song, despite its consistent popularity. Eventually, Clapton added the line “that dirty cocaine,” at the end of each verse. He performed the song with the additional lyric in live shows in support of his contention that Cocaine carries an anti-drug message.
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