Friday, November 02, 2007

All You Zombies

I was out with my lovely wife on a date last night, we popped into BK for a quick bite to eat before heading to see This Is England at the Rialto. Whilst waiting in line, The Hooters All You Zombies was playing on the stereo which brought back memories of the 80's when I was into The Hooters (yeah, go on, mock me). If you can get past the eighties-ness of the whole thing, it actually has some pretty interesting lyrics:

Holy Moses met the Pharaoh
Yeah, he tried to set him straight
Looked him in the eye, "Let my people go."

Holy Moses on the mountain
High above the golden calf
Went to get the Ten Commandments
He's just gonna break them in half

All you zombies hide your faces
All you people in the street
All you sittin' in high places
The pieces gonna fall on you

No one ever spoke to Noah
They all laughed at him instead
Working on his ark, working all by himself

Only Noah saw it coming
Forty days and forty nights
Took his sons and daughters with him
Yeah, they were the Israelites

All you zombies hide your faces
All you people in the street
All you sittin' in high places
The rain's gonna fall on you

Holy Father, what's the matter
Where have all your children gone
Sitting in the dark, living all by themselves
You don't have to hide anymore
All you zombies show your faces...

Written by Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian, who founded The Hooters. It is filled with biblical images and created some controversy. Said Hyman, "I think the spirituality of it wasn't premeditated. I think everyone is a spiritual person in whatever they believe or not. There was no real agenda on our part." Hyman and Bazilian went on to work with Joan Osborne on her album Relish, with Eric writing the hit One Of Us.

If the eighties brings back too many bad memories, German singer Sandra (ex-Enigma) has done a cover, but the only sample of it on YouTube is a fan made video by a guy who seems more interested in scantly clad women and promoting his own website.

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