Clean-Cut Kid

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

.

He was 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 marching band

When he was ten years old he had a watermelon stand

.

He was 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

.

He was 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 sent him to a napalm health spa to shape up

.

They gave him dope to smoke, drinks and 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 was eating Wonder Bread,

Ate Burger Kings, he was well fed

.

He went to Hollywood to see Peter O'Toole

He stole a Rolls Royce and drove it in a swimming 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 wearing boxing gloves, took a dive one day

Off the Golden Gate Bridge into China Bay

.

His mama walks the floor, his daddy weeps and moans

They gotta sleep together in a home they don't own

.

They took a clean-cut kid

And they made a killer out of him,

That's what they did

.

Well, everybody's asking why he couldn't adjust

All he ever wanted was somebody to trust

.

They took his head and 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

.

Copyright 1985 Special Rider Music

First release: Empire Burlesque, 1985

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