Can't Afford No Shoes

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From: Vladimir Sovetov
  At the time of world premier 9/25/74 this song was introduced as "Ralphie Stuffs His Shoes"
  And just three months later it mutatated to the final "Can't Afford No..."
  FZ: I hate to bring the subject up, but this is a song about the depression. And I don't mean the last one.
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Went to buy some cheap detergent
Some emergent
nation got my load
From: db832@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Phillip A. Freshour)
  "Emergent nation" -- a third world country emerging onto the world scene, economically or militarily. I can't explain the connection to a trip to the market for some detergent....
From: "Tony Pfarrer" <TONY@UMS1.Lan.McGill.CA>
  I have always taken those two lines to depict the following simple scene:
  While at the laundromat, our hero goes to the back of the premises to buy some cheap detergent from the detergent-dispensing machine after stowing his laundry in an empty washer. While he's busy pumping coins into the detergent dispenser, a disdvantaged member of an emerging third-world country deftly steals the clothes. End of scene.
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Nothin' we can buy
Chump Hare Rama, ain't no good to try
From: (FthrRiley)
  I could be wrong, but I seem to remember a religious cult popular in the seventies in Southern California (possibly elsewhere) that revolved around "Krishna Conscience." Members used to dress in robes and dance around with tambourines and drums. Men used to shave their heads. Often, you would see a chain of them walking along the roadside, banging their tambourines and drums, occasionally bend over and kiss the ground, and then they would jump ("Jump Hare Rama!"). Anyway, they were clearly confused individuals. I believe their leader was Hare Rama. ("Hare Rama" was also a chant they would often invoke during their hardcore tambourine solos).
"Is Hare Rama really wrong
If you wander around with a napkin on
A bell on a stick
And your hair is all gone..."

YAWYI. Meek Shell Inherit Nothing
From: Vladimir Sovetov <>
  The double entendre Chump=Jump was reused on YAWYI's Suicide Chump.
From: (johan wikberg)
Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare
  is a mantra used by a certain Hindu movement often referred to as the "Hare Krishna", or in Frank's case, "Hare Rama". It was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, later known as Srila Prabhupada, who left India for the US in the 1960s. (Many hippe type people were drawn towards it during the flower power era.) The devotees - wearing special clothes ("a napkin on") and shaving most of their heads ("yer hair is all gone") - are hard-core missionaries and distribute books and pamphlets to people on the street and sometimes ask for money in return. (Sometimes, this is not selling and buying to them, but an exchange of gifts. :)
  I fondly remember one of them trying to sell (= give in exchange for free money) me a Krishna tape (which later turned out to use Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" riff for the Krishna mantra, on a track called "Machine Mantra"), pushing it as "the world's best rock music".
  "Is that so?" I said.
  "Yes!" he exclaimed - "you can trust me, I'm in the process of learning always to speak the truth and never lie!"
  "That's good", I said.
  "Yes ... well, the rock music is pretty commonplace ..."
  If you ever go to Stockholm, take the subway to Fridhemsplan and visit their restaurant there, Govindas. They have the best ice cream in town. Oh, another anecdote: A guy walks through the doors at Govindas, asking if for directions to go to another restaurant in the neighbourhood. A couple of Krishna guys help him out, but it sounds like they're lying about the way there - he'll never find his restaurant following their directions. When he leaves, one of them starts giggling like a child, telling me "I hope he never finds it". "They serve alcohol there", clarifies the other one.
  I might add that Rama and Krishna are, of course, two incarnations of the Hindu deity Vishnu, who maintains the world - it is not true, as someone wrote, that "Hare Rama" is the name of a cult leader.

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