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Scourge of the Onelies, part 56.9-c: “What I do when I can’t get no lovin'” August 18, 2008

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Today my Ipod turned up this song by Trick Pony, in which Jesse James, Orville Wright, and Picasso each say they excelled in their field because “it’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin'”.  As if painting masterpieces or inventing the airplane is all well and good, but what those guys really wanted–and, by implication, should have been pursuing–is lovin’ (read: heteronormative relationship).  And the first verse–about Jesse James–implies that if only he’d had a good woman, he wouldn’t have been shooting up banks. 

Am I being too touchy? Whatcha ya’ll think? (lyrics below)

–CC

Trick Pony, Just What I Do lyrics:

Jessie James was an outlaw man
He was always breakin’ the law
Six guns firing from both his hands
Fastest you ever saw
Did he do it for the money
Or was it for the fame
Finally somebody asked him
Jessie, why you wanna rob them trains
And Jessie said

It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’
It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’
I’m the meanest hombre you ever saw
‘Cause lately I ain’t gettin’ no lovin’ at all
It’s just what I do
It’s just what I do

Well Orville Wright
Set his sights
High up in the air
Him and Wilbur worked day and night
He didn’t seem to care
Well the town folk said if you were meant to fly
God would have given you wings
What makes you want to spend all of your time
Building that flying machine
And Orville said

It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’
It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’
I’m the first flight boy you ever saw
‘Cause lately I ain’t gettin’ no lovin’ at all
It’s just what I do
It’s just what I do
Ooh yeah

Well Picasso painted them pictures
There was beauty in every stroke
When asked about his motivation
He said, I think it’s about time you should know
It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’
It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’
I’m the workinest painter that you ever saw
‘Cause lately I ain’t gettin’ no loven’ at all
It’s just what I do
It’s just what I do
It’s just what I do
It’s just what I do when I can’t get no lovin’

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