"Depth" has been leading to all sorts of fun new discoveries.  Here's something I wanted share that in some ways shows the things that it has been revealing to me.

--taken from a personal email

So, thanks to a censored video of Beck, I realized that "Loser" is not at all what I thought it was about. What was censored? Opening scene, he's walking around in a Storm Trooper mask. Someone felt the need to have that blurred out.

Next I noticed that the lyric "dog food skulls with the beefcake pantyhose" is falsely reported by many web sites as "dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose." One is pure genius, the other complete non-sense. Combine that with the censorship of a child's Halloween mask in the video and you may consider my curiosity piqued.

Finally, further investigation revealed that some of last words in the song, which are not listed on most websites are "Sprechen sie deutsch, baby? You know what I'm saying?" So if it wasn't clear already, it should be by now. If not, pay attention to video. You might just see a skull throw blood on someone's windshield and expect a tip for wiping it off.

I've noticed that this happens all the time with good music. If I'm trying to understand a song, I have to read the lyrics in more than one place (directly from the artist if at all possible) then confirm them with my own ears. Once I have those down, I synch them up with clues in the artist approved official video and then I just might have a chance of really understanding what is being communicated.

You might not dig Beck, but feel free to take my method and apply to any art you love. You might have a really good time figuring out WHY you love it.

(Corrected) Lyrics:

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey
Butane in my veins and I'm out to cut the junkie
With the plastic eyeballs, spray-paint the vegetables
Dog food skulls with the beefcake pantyhose

Kill the headlights and put it in neutral
Stock car flaming with a loser and the cruise control
Baby's in Reno with the vitamin D
Got a couple of couches, sleep on the love seat

Someone keeps saying, I'm insane to complain
About a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt
Don't believe everything that you breathe
You get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve

So shave your face with some mace in the dark
Saving all your food stamps
And burning' down the trailer park
Yo, cut it

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Double barrel buck shot
Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?

The forces of evil in a bozo nightmare
Banned all the music with a phony gas chamber
'Cause one's got a weasel and the other's got a flag
One's on the pole, shove the other in a bag

With the re-run shows and the cocaine nose job
The daytime crap of the folksinger slob
He hung himself with a guitar string
A slab the turkey neck and it's hanging' from a pigeon wing

You can't write if you can't relate
Trade the cash for the beef for the body for the hate
And my time is a piece of wax, falling on a termite
Who's choking on the splinters

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Get crazy with the cheese whiz

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Drive by body pierce

Yo, bring it on down, soy
I'm a driver, I'm a winner
Things are gonna change, I can feel it

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
I can't believe you

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Uh

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Sprechen sie deutsch, baby?

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me
You know what I'm saying?

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Comment by J.R. on February 21, 2018 at 4:30pm

Good art often has more than one completely legitimate interpretation and can be enjoyed on multiple levels.  I loved this song before analyzing it just because of things like mood and undercurrent.  Even if it never meant anything more, I would have still liked it.  I was just surprised at how well this, and other things I've liked, stood up to my own personal scrutiny when I took a closer look.   Here's a few of my personal thoughts on the lyrics, all of which may or may not be completely nuts:

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey (I am less evolved than others)
Butane in my veins and I'm out to cut the junkie (I'm mean and I hurt others for the same things I do)
With the plastic eyeballs, spray-paint the vegetables (I can't see real value, I make a living through lies and deception)
Dog food skulls with the beefcake pantyhose (I belong to a group of inferior skulls that like to dress-up like women)

Kill the headlights and put it in neutral (Stop progress)
Stock car flaming with a loser and the cruise control (status quo burning but I wont give up control)
Baby's in Reno with the vitamin D (My kids are in the poor section of town with drugs)
Got a couple of couches, sleep on the love seat (I have more than I know what to do with)

Someone keeps saying, I'm insane to complain
About a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt (people tell me I have it good but I don't feel that way)
Don't believe everything that you breathe
You get a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve (there's a penalty for ignorant belief)

So shave your face with some mace in the dark (you might mistake one can for the other because you can't see)
Saving all your food stamps
And burning' down the trailer park (you're saving all your money for a later day while punishing others with less so nobody is having any fun)
Yo, cut it (stop)

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Double barrel buck shot
Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?


The forces of evil in a bozo nightmare (who are they?)
Banned all the music with a phony gas chamber (stopped the spread of joy and knowledge through threats and intimidation)
'Cause one's got a weasel and the other's got a flag
One's on the pole, shove the other in a bag (when the weasel is on the pole we can put the flag away)

With the re-run shows and the cocaine nose job
The daytime crap of the folksinger slob
He hung himself with a guitar string (the fate of those who work for the losers)
A slab of turkey neck and it's hanging' from a pigeon wing (his dead body is a piece of inferior meat clinging to an inferior philosophy)

You can't write if you can't relate (don't try to control life if you don't understand it)
Trade the cash for the beef for the body for the hate (if you do, you'll fall)
And my time is a piece of wax, falling on a termite
Who's choking on the splinters (you won't comprehend what I'm saying because you're already overwhelmed by everyday life)

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?


Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Get crazy with the cheese whiz (Inferior "cheese" aka dollars)


Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Drive by body pierce

Yo, bring it on down, soy
I'm a driver, I'm a winner
Things are gonna change, I can feel it (Something that politicians often say)

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
I can't believe you


Soy un perdedor

I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Uh

Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me?
Sprechen sie deutsch, baby? (the loser understands German)


Soy un perdedor
I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me
You know what I'm saying? (There is hidden meaning in this song. Get it?)

Comment by Mary Betts on February 21, 2018 at 2:58pm

I think Beck is genius. But I don't understand the lyrics. I am not sure they are meant to be taken literally or just allowed to be sensed as an undercurrent of a mood.

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