From the recording Life Without Chickens-1986

Musically, the song is bright and sharp with a synth bass and a rhythm guitar over a simple drum beat. The vocals and lead guitar make up the rest of the instrumentation. Initially, it wasn't my intention to make the song as biting as it turned out, but I think that is due to the subject of the lyrics, which came last. They deal with the often conflicting way what we think we're going to be as children, whether as we or or parents see it, and where we actually find ourselves when we grow up. The other theme is the conflict between what we're told as children about our national myths versus how they are "amended" once we're old enough to handle the truth.


Please see lyrics page.