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Hippy's Son

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Composed by Carl Barāt, "Hippy's Son" was the first official track to be heard from Dirty Pretty Things' second album, as it was made available for free download on the band's official website on May 9, 2008.

In an interview with The Independent, Barāt has stated that the song's lyrics are autobiographical: "It's difficult to talk about that. I am a hippie's son, and I suppose I should be grateful. I wouldn't say it was a bohemian life. It was just alternative. Colorful. But my dad lived on a council estate. He worked in a factory."

Asked whether the dark and violent urges indicated by the song's lyrics were really part of his childhood, Barāt replied, "You miss out on stability in the hippie world. ... Of course it's vitriolic and spitting, but at the same time it's full of love - like the chorus. 'Come fall into these arms,' you know - have some safety, security, some love. It's quite a loving song. Being autobiographical is new for me. It was hard to sing, and hard to allow to come out. It felt scary. I spent ages trying to explain it to my parents. ... [T]hey know I don't mean any ill by it."

Lyrics

I am a hippy's son
I'm into porn and guns
I'm virile fertile
Scream when I come
Related to you all
By six degrees

I am a fire sign
I've never swum with the tide
Spreading honey on thorns
And truths that rhyme
My stories are all tall

But it's so obvious
It's bloody outrageous
They try and they try but they'll just never save us

Hush hush my love
Come fall into these arms
Hush hush my love
Come fall into my arms
Hush hush my love

I am my father's son
I'll kick your teeth in and run
A bulldog blinded by rainbows and sun
Related to you all
I think you will agree
Naked to you all

But it's so obvious
It's bloody outrageous
They try and they try but they'll just never save us

Hush hush my love
Come fall into these arms
Hush hush my love
Come fall into my arms
Hush hush my love

I was your baby boy
I was designed to destroy
Primal klaxon at fascist's tannoy

I am a hippy's son
I am a hippy's son
I am a hippy's son
I am a hippy's son

NameHippy's Son
BandDirty Pretty Things


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