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Wasteland



I saw the best of my generation playing pinball
Maked up, and caked up and looking like some kind of china doll
With all of Adolf Hitler’s moves down cold
As he stood up in front of a rock and roll band
And I was moving upward and ever upward
To this gentle golden promised land
With the smartest of them all moonlighting as a word processor
And the strongest of them all checking ID’s outside the saloon
And the prettiest of them all taking off her clothes
In front of men whose eyes looked like they were in some
Little hick town near Omaha watching the police cheif
Run his car off the side of a bridge.
I saw men with dreams like the ones I’d had
Beg for quarters outside the Seven-Eleven
Till it got so they didn’t affect me anymore
Than the mailboxes I’d passed up and then sometimes
I’d put something in the mailbox.
I’d had the wind at my back now I felt it cold in my face
And for an awful long time now you were the only one who ever
Called me late at night and I really never noticed till after
You stopped calling and the emptiness silence got so heavy.

Broken up in the wasteland, broken up in the promised land
Broken up in Disneyland, broken up in the plastic land
Broken up in the wasteland, broken up in the wasteland
Broken up in the wasteland

I saw dead Marilyn Monroe strung up on every street corner
In Hollywood like some two bit whore offering a discount rate
And I wondered how Joe DiMaggio felt.
I saw dead James Dean’s ghost wandering the sidewalk
Looking troubled and I wondered how his mama felt.
I saw signs that said head shots done for cheap
Signs that said extras wanted top dollars paid
Signs for haircuts, signs for manicures and
Signs for tanning salons and signs for wardrobe specialists
Signs for cosmetic surgery and signs for assertiveness training
And I stopped to read them all
And every single block, looked like every single block
Looked like every single block, looked like every single block
Looked like every single block, but we kept driving
Cause everyone else kept driving and cause gridlock
Is evil and not knowing your way is evil
And those that had money looked good but weren’t too happy
And those who didn’t have money didn’t look so good
And weren’t too happy either
And in a city of three million two-hundred and sixty-nine thousand
nine-hundred eighty-four
Everyone was lonely

Broken up in the wasteland, broken up in the promised land,
Broken up in Disneyland, broken up in the plastic land,
Broken up in the wasteland, broken up in the wasteland,
Broken up in the wasteland

And I watched as everyone I knew spent their lives
Trying to be watched on stage watched on film
Or listened to on a record and they thought, "Maybe
That way I could get a little love out of this life"
And I watched as the best of my generation abandoned their dreams
And settled for making a little money
I watched TV, read the papers, listened to the radio
And made all the fancy scenes and said all the right words
And wore all the right clothes, knew the names of the hip people
But I still felt out of touch so I stopped watching TV
And reading the papers and listening to the radio
And making the fancy scenes and saying the right words
Wearing the right clothes and knowing the names of the hip people
And I felt more out of touch than ever, oh but I didn’t care anymore.
And I felt you slip away and I felt myself slipping from you
And I wanted more than anything else for it to rain for one
Whole day like it used to but all there ever was was sun,
Relentless sun, hot beating sun and everyone wore their
Sunglasses and walked around like flies under a magnifyng glass
With their eyes removed

Broken up in the wasteland, broken up in the promised land
Broken up in Disneyland, broken up in the plastic land
Broken up in the wasteland, broken up in the wasteland
Broken up in the wasteland, Broken up in the wasteland
Broken up in the wasteland

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