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Sonic Youth – Death Valley '69 lyrics

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    Man goes into desert with girlfriend, aptly named sadie. Man and girlfriend drop acid. Man trips into psychotic rage & hits his girlfriend quite a lot. She dies. Taking the axe he conveniently keeps in his car in case of emergencies such as this, he dismembers said girlfriend (sadie) and puts her in the boot for future disposal. Her spirit meets death in a bergman-esque denouement. Boyfried has nothing to lose although his conscience (in this instance played by lee renaldo), begs the girlfriend not to die, despite the fact she is already in many pieces. The drugs have done their worst. Of course, this provides echoes of the manson family killings, a typical place of visitation for early 80s art punks. Leave this aside, with its shock-horror posturings, and you've just got your standard american gothic with a psychedelic twist, exploring the eternal existential question of making meaning in a meaningless world, and failing to hold on to morality when there is no god, only mind-bending drugs. Strangely enough the "post meaning captcha thingy" is telling me to type in dsm, before it will let me submit this. And there's certainly enough psychosis in "death valley '69" to fill squillions of conditions in the diagnostic and statistical manual iv-tr. If this is not a coincidence then we may have the answer to our existential question. If it is, then, whatever.
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