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Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 00:34:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: racerx[at]
Subject: Comments on WFTLB

> Well, I don't have the album with me and I haven't had the chance to
> listen to it for a couple of days, but someone thought that there
> weren't any real "rockers" on the album. I would have thought
> that Bakersfield would qualify, though perhaps it isn't hard enough
> on the album? It could definitely rock live, I think. Incidentally,
> what is the significance of Bakersfield? The phrase "Bakersfield
> massacre" springs to mind but I honestly can't remember anything
> concrete.

That's funny, just the other day I was joking to someone that I was convinced
(I use that word gratuitously) that the song was all about the movie Running
Man. (The Butcher of Bakersfield was what they called him). That and the
line 'I wanna be your top eliminator'. But frankly, I really haven't listened
to the song that closely (it doesn't really do anything for me) and I don't
really know the movie all that well either. Oh ah.
> I suppose it's a funny category, but I think that Sweetwater has to
> qualify as the most "up" song I've heard from the Butcher.

I take it this song is about the joint in Los Osos?

Someone earlier mentioned that they thought the third verse was forced. I
re-listened and I'd sort of agree, although I'm not really sure what it means,
and it seems like more of a break than a verse cos it's only two lines, and
I can forgive a break lyric that I don't understand (see Nothing Special &

Let's see, Sweetwater about a place in Los Osos. Bakersfield. Pineapple tuesday about driving in LA (Venice, if that's the same Beethoven street I know).
Any more songs that mention places in California? Oh yeah, Hysteria--San Francisco.