Anthrax Lyrics

Gang of Four


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Dave Allen, Hugo H. Burnham, Andrew Gill, Jon King
album: Track 12 in album Entertainment!
release date: 1979-9
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
length: 4:24
arranger: Gang of Four
additional engineer: Davy Phee, Edwin Cross
engineer: Rick Walton
guitar: Andy Gill
drums: Hugo Burnham
bass guitar: Dave Allen
producer: Jon King, Andy Gill, Rob Warr
recording: Davy Phee, Edwin Cross
lead vocals: Jon King
writer: Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, Andy Gill, Jon King

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Woke up this morning desperation a.m.
What I've been saying won't say them again
My head's not empty, it's full with my brain
The thoughts I'm thinking
Like piss down a drain

And I feel like a beetle on its back
And there's no way for me to get up
Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch

Ought to control what I do to my mind
Nothing in there but sunshades for the blind
Only yesterday I said to myself
The things I'm doing are not good
For my health

Love crops up quite a lot as something to sing about,
'Cause most groups make most of their songs about falling in love
Or how happy they are to be in love,
You occasionally wonder why these groups do sing about it all the time -
It's because these groups think there's something very special about it
Either that or else it's because everybody else sings about it and always has,
You know to burst into song you have to be inspired
And nothing inspires quite like love.

These groups and singers think that they appeal to everyone
By singing about love because apparently everyone has or can love
Or so they would have you believe anyway
But these groups seem to go along with what, the belief
That love is deep in everyone's personality.
I don't think we're saying there's anything wrong with love,
We just don't think that what goes on between two people
Should be shrouded with mystery.

Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch
Love'll get you like a case of anthrax
And that's something I don't want to catch

Track Listing

  • 1 Ether
  • 2 Natural’s Not in It
  • 3 Not Great Men
  • 4 Damaged Goods
  • 5 Return the Gift
  • 6 Guns Before Butter
  • 7 I Found That Essence Rare
  • 8 Glass
  • 9 Contract
  • 10 At Home He’s a Tourist
  • 11 5.45
  • 12 Anthrax