100 Days Project

Michael: Saving the languishing lyrical gems of modern pop

My aim is to trawl through my memory, my "record collection" and quotation references to unearth great pop poetry, drop it in, shine it up, make a comment or two as to its origin and personal impact. Enlighten? Hmm. Entertain, amuse, I hope. 100 times.

Day 3:

Ten Wheels for Jesus

Australia's Beasts of Bourbon (even the name suggests great things to come) have lurched across the landscape with an evil brew of blues-infested psychobilly/rock with success as mixed as their drinks over the past three decades. They caught my (memory) eye because I was concerned that things were getting a little, you know, fey and secondly because I distinctly remember hearing their, frankly, epic single Ten Wheels for Jesus and thinking, what was that?

The lyrics, (penned by Elvis Hitler, originally, but t'was the Beasts' version I heard) which is why we're all here, kiddies, are just a dream and a long way from Paddy Prefab's angst. We're a broad church, here.

"Well I drive down the Highway of Darkness
I shall fear no evil
Because the lord is by my side
Even at the roadhouse with a burger and fries...
... and a can of beer
But a man can not live on beer alone
So I go to church
And when I go to church I pray
Because I've got 15 different kinds of diseases
And I pray
I pray
I pray for
I pray for
Ten wheels for Jesus"

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