Don't Get Bent Out Of Shape
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Don't Get Bent Out Of Shape (2:58)
    Available on R-Marcel and 1 other release.
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
 
Lyrics:
Don't Get Bent Out Of Shape [Version (a)]:

In '89, I was doin' fine
In '92, the bloodhounds bent on you
Baby had a road map, now it has been lost
The wind is biting down your neck
Don't get bent out of shape, my friend
No don't get bent out of shape
Though your heart is all twisted
And every word seems fake
Don't get bent out of shape

Take bricks of shame, you build to live
Hang up some ??? on your ribs
Leave that lonesome shack and let the waters rise
Otherwise you're choking on your tears
Don't get bent out of shape, my friend
No don't get bent out of shape
Though you're sick of yourself
And it's too late to escape
Don't get bent out of shape

Cut the crap and cut the beans
Launch your eyeball-like machines
All your grievin' will only make you ill
If time won't kill ya, something else will
So don't get bent out of shape, my friend
Don't get bent out of shape
Though your heart is twisted
And every word seems fake
Don't get bent out of shape

Don't get bent out of shape
Don't get bent out of shape, my friend
Don't get bent out of shape
 
The Song:

This song, the title track for a homemade tape made in 1992, is a very entertaining, original folk tune. The performance is rough and raw?Beck's still learning?but the song itself is quite strong. The lyrics are some of my favorites from all his pre-Mellow Gold songs ("Though your heart is all twisted / And every word seems fake / Don't get bent out of shape"). The chorus is catchy too. Beck's natural ease at writing songs is evident here, and one could easily imagine this, with some more experience and production, being a stand-out track on Golden Feelings or Mellow Gold.
 
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