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Clean Cut Kid 1

Bob Dylan © 1983 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


26 July 1984
cd imgEMPIRE BURLESQUE

  Empire Burlesque session, Delta Sounds studios NYC - 26.july 1984  

Everybody's askin' why he couldn't adjust
Adjust to what? A dream that bust?
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said what's up is down, they said what isn't is
They put ideas in his head that he thought were his
They took a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He's on the baseball team, he's in the marchin' band
When he was ten years old he had a watermelon stand
He was a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said, "Listen boy, you're just a pup"
They send him to a napalm health spa to shape up
They gave him dope to smoke, drinks an' pills
A jeep to drive, blood to spill.

They said, "Congratulations, you got what it takes"
They sent him back into the rat race without any brakes
He was a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He bought the american dream but it put him in debt
The only game he could play was russian roulette
He drank Coca Cola, he's eatin' Wonder Bread
He ate Burger Kings, he was well fed.

He went to Hollywood to see Peter O'Toole
He stole a Rolls Royce an' drove it in a swimmin' pool                                 
He was a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He could've sold insurance, owned a restaurant or bar
He could've been an accountant or a tennis star.
He was wearin' boxin' gloves, took a dive one day
Off the Golden Gate bridge into China bay.

His mamma walks the floor, his daddy weeps an' moans
They gotta sleep together in a home they don't own
They took a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

Everybody's askin' why he didn't adjust
All he ever wanted was somebody to trust.
They took his head, they turned it inside out
He never did know what it was all about.

He had a steady job, he joined the choir
He never did plan to walk the high wire
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.  up
    

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Clean Cut Kid 2


15 Apr 1983
cd imgROUGH CUTS (T-346)

  Infidels session 5, Power Station NYC - 15.apr.1983, alt take  

Well they're askin' me why he couldn't adjust
Adjust to what? A dream that bust?
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said what's up is down, they said what isn't is
They put ideas in his head he thought were his
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He's on the baseball team, he's on the marchin' band
When he was ten years old he had a watermelon stand
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He went to church on sunday, he was a boy scout
For his friends he would turn his pockets inside out
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said, "Listen boy, you're just a pup''
They send him to a napalm health spa to shape up.
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They gave him dope to smoke, they gave drinks an' pills
They gave a jeep to drive, they gave blood to spill.
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said, "Congratulations, you got what it takes''
They sent him back into the rat race without any brakes
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He bought the american dream but it was all wet
The only game he could play was russian roulette
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He went to Hollywood to see Peter O'Toole
He stole a Rolls Royce, drove it in a swimmin' pool                                 
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He could've sold insurance, owned a bakery or bar
Could've been an accountant or a tennis star.
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He's wearin' boxin' gloves, took a dive one day
Off the Golden Gate bridge into China bay.
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

His mamma weeps an' cry, his daddy feels betrayed
They gotta sleep together in a bed they never made
They took a clean cut kid
And made a killer out of him that's what they did.  up
    

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Clean Cut Kid 3


26 July 1984
cd imgOUTSIDE THE EMPIRE (T-406)
cd imgCLEAN CUTS (HENRY PORTERS 115th DREAM) (T-210)
cd imgTEMPEST STORM (T-536)

  Empire Burlesque session, Delta Sounds studios NYC - 26.july 1984, alt take  

Everybody wants to know why he couldn't adjust
Adjust to what? a dream that bust?
He was a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said what's up is down, they said what isn't is
They put ideas in his head he thought were his
They took a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He was on the baseball team, he was in the marchin' band
When he was ten years old he had a watermelon stand
They took a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He went to church on sunday, he was a boy scout
For his friends he would turn his pockets inside out
They took a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

They said, "Listen boy, you're just a pup''
They send him to a napalm health spa to shape up.
They gave him dope to smoke, drinks an' pills
A jeep to drive, blood to spill.

They said, "Congratulations, you got what it takes''
They sent him back into the rat-race without any brakes
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He bought the american dream but it was all wet
The only game he could play was russian roulette
He drank Coca Cola, 's eatin' Wonder Bread
He ate Burger Kings, he was well fed.

He went to Hollywood to see Peter O'Toole
He stole a Rolls Royce, drove it in a swimmin' pool                                 
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He could've sold insurance, owned a restaurant or bar
Could've been an accountant or a tennis star.
He was wearin' boxin' gloves, he took a dive one day
Off the Golden Gate bridge into China bay.

His mamma walks the floor, his daddy weeps an' moans
They gotta sleep together in a home they don't own
He was a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

Well everybody's askin' why he couldn't adjust
All he ever wanted was somebody to trust.
They took his head an' turned it inside out
He never did know what it was all about.

He had a steady job, he joined the choir
He never did plan to walk the high wire
They took a clean cut kid
And they made a killer out of him that's what they did.

He went to the prom, he had a girlfriend
It's so sad that it all had to end.
They took a clean cut kid
But they made a killer out of him that's what they did.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

15 Apr 1983 2 ROUGH CUTS (b)
26 July 1984 1 EMPIRE BURLESQUE
26 July 1984 3 OUTSIDE THE EMPIRE (b)
CLEAN CUTS (HENRY PORTERS 115th DREAM) (b)
TEMPEST STORM (b)
22 June1988 THE CRITICS CHOICE Vol. 4 (b)