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Radio VII, side B, track 9: “I Wanna Be Sedated” by Ramones

Oh, Ramones, the first time I heard this song I laughed with delight.  I’d heard songs about love and regret and hopes and dreams and partying and rock and roll, but I’d never heard a song about a wish to be sedated.  I thought it was funny as hell and figured it was all a big joke, because who would really want to be sedated, Ramones?  This was long before I discovered the joys and/or pitfalls of extreme drunkenness and decades before I realized that this song actually pretty much captured where my brain had been for years.  I didn’t really put two and two together, Ramones, but I couldn’t control my brain particularly well, either.

I would spend hours lying in bed worrying about my most recent crush, about the end of the world, about comic books, about life, the universe and everything.  And when you had to get up every morning at 6 AM to feed the cows so you could get ready in time for the bus to pick you up to go to school, spending hours worrying about stuff is wasting precious hours that you should be sleeping.  I would worry myself sick (I was so worried that I was going to fall off a ski jump during our sixth-grade trip to Mount Kato that I anxioused my way into a fever and didn’t get to go).   So after years of worrying and self-medicating with Natural Ice, it was brought to my attention that there were pharmaceuticals that might not eliminate worry but could at least get me out of bed in the morning that didn’t involve a trip to the liquor store.  Of course, you guys had told me that when I was 12.  Sorry I didn’t take you seriously, Ramones.

“I Wanna Be Sedated”

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do, nowhere to go
I wanna be sedated

Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my brain
Oh no oh-oh oh-oh

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do, nowhere to go
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, get me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my brain
Oh no oh-oh oh-oh

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do, nowhere to go
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair and get me to the show
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go loco
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my toes
Oh no oh-oh oh-oh

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothin’ to do, nowhere to go
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, get me to the show
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go loco
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my toes
Oh no oh-oh oh-oh

Bam-bam-bambam bambam-bam-bambam, I wanna be sedated
Bam-bam-bambam bambam-bam-bambam, I wanna be sedated
Bam-bam-bambam bambam-bam-bambam, I wanna be sedated
Bam-bam-bambam bambam-bam-bambam, I wanna be sedated

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