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Moonshake - “Capital Letters” from 1993

Knew where to find my new direction
Came to where the plans are laid
Arterials lead to the heart where they bleed
And I just came here to get paid

Just some creep from the sticks

So this is where the product comes to
Broken up a thousand times
A million people shoehorned into
concrete costumes half their size
Lonely weekends
I had a problem with my hips
Just some creep from the sticks

And now the world of skinny models
Kissing curls of Vegas glitz
And Munich streets are laid with marble
And Cologne gives off a heavy mist
And Paris bridges are all catwalks
London stocks are never broke
And I wouldn’t trade in New York
For all the Havana I could smoke
But what do I know?  Some lousy hick
A crummy fucking creep from the sticks

Well, I came in cold, but I was never sold
on the idea that the streets were paved in gold
People with that kind of pay don’t give it away!
So I guess I’ll go collect my paycheque
Take some snaps for souvenirs
While bomb scares make you hit the deck
I’ll be threading yarns through keyhole ears
I’ll be slightly older and slightly sick
With hair grease from the city’s slick
Just another creep from the sticks
Just another creep from the sticks

Secondhand Clothes
Secondhand Clothes

Moonshake — “Secondhand Clothes”

God, what an amazing rhythm section they had — this song’s obviously an homage to PiL’s “Metal Box”, but honestly it’s so much better. It’s also a textbook example of “songs I hated on first listen but came to love”.

Now, I could sell my body to survive
Or start and finish work at half past five
Realistically slit all chickens’ throats
But I won’t be seen dead in secondhand clothes

I could find a home between your thighs
And I’ll never let the lids close on your eyes
Oh I’ll pat your back and punch you on the nose
But I won’t be seen dead in secondhand clothes

(I used to wear them once, through thrift
Not a student, just on the lonely late-night shift
They smelt of ghosts and strangled all my hopes
Dead men’s shoes wrap lead around your toes)


MOONSHAKE John Peel 22nd November 1992 

Hermes: Herald of the Gods, God of Travel, and Good-Times God

Originally posted by impossiblyhighmuffin

Hippiebirdmom’s Hermes Playlist! These are tons of some songs that make me think of the Feather-footed Friend of Man:

I’ve Been Everywhere : Johnny Cash

Life Is A Highway: Rascal Flatts

Sex And Candy : Maroon 5

Walking In Memphis : Marc Cohn

Rocky Mountain Way : Joe Walsh

Please, Mr. Postman : Carpenters

In The Garden : Alan Jackson (yes this is a Christian hymn, but it’s something I associate with Hermes)

Cups : Anna Kendrick

Rock God : Selena Gomez & The Scene

Pon de Replay : Rihanna

Meet in the Middle : Diamond Rio

Highway to Hell : AC/DC

Home : Marc Broussard

Walking On Sunshine : Katrina & The Waves

Don’t Stop Me Now : Queen

Why Should I Worry : Billy Joel

I Will Follow You Into The Dark : Death Cab for Cutie

Beyond the Sea : Bobby Darin

Body Like A Back Road : Sam Hunt

Leaving on a Jet Plane/Take Me Home Country Roads : Judy Collins

Go the Distance : Michael Bolton

The Climb : Miley Cyrus

East Bound And Down : Jerry Reed

9 to 5 : Dolly Parton

Working for the Weekend : Loverboy

Respect : Aretha Franklin

Sweet Home Alabama : Lynyrd Skynyrd

Go Your Own Way : Fleetwood Mac

Rocket Man : Elton John

Fast Car - Radio Edit : Jonas Blue

On The Road Again : Willie Nelson

One Way or Another : Blondie

Bad Reputation : Joan Jett

Born To Be Wild : Steppenwolf

Life In The Fast Lane : Eagles

I Wanna Dance with Somebody : Whitney Houston

Shut Up and Dance : WALK THE MOON

Shake Ya Tailfeather : Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee

Follow Me : Uncle Kracker

Hallelujah, I Love Him So : Peggy Lee

Everybody Loves Me : OneRepublic

Long Time Gone : Dixie Chicks

Gold Trams Am : Ke$ha

Whatever You Like : T.I.

Ridin; : Chamillionaire

Check Yes, Juliet : We The Kings

Fast Cars And Freedom : Rascal Flatts

Magic Carpet Ride : Steppenwolf

Ride Wit Me : Nelly, City Spud

Gimme Three Steps : Lynyrd Skynyrd

Walk It Out : Unk

Country Grammar (Hot Shit) : Nelly

Drive (For Daddy Gene) : Alan Jackson

King of the Road : Roger Miller

Greased Lightnin’ - From “Grease” Soundtrack : John Travolta, Jeff Conaway

Highwayman : The Highwaymen

Viva Las Vegas : Elvis Presley

I Took A Pill In Ibiza : Mike Posner

A Thousand Miles : Vanessa Carlton

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) : The Proclaimers

Cake By The Ocean : DNCE

Shut Up And Drive : Rihanna

Hollaback Girl : Gwen Stefani

Ride : Twenty One Pilots

Talk Dirty : Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz

Lost Boy : Ruth B.

(Ghost) Riders in the Sky : Johnny Cash

Lost Stars : Adam Levine

We Are Young : Fun ft. Janelle Monáe

Celebration : Kool & The Gang

We Are The Champions : Queen