Bonfire Blondes
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Bonfire Blondes (2:25)
    Available on Modern Guilt and 2 other releases.
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
    Brian Lebarton: Keyboard / Synthesizer, Vocals (Background)
    friends: Vocals (Background)
 
Lyrics:
Bonfire Blondes [Version (a)]:

I'm so weary of taking up space
Sending junk mail to the whole human race
Stole my genome from the salt of the earth
Weighed my brain for to see what it's worth
Lights out, they're throwing blondes at the bonfire
Beauty's burning but my backbone feels so cold

Little girl with the protean hands
White lightning that she got from Japan
Fingernails on the tasergun
Mannequins just melt in the sun
Say hello, they're throwing blondes at the bonfire
Plastic melts, but souls only wear away

La la la la la la la la
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La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la

Now the bonfire's burning my face
Generic rails that I like to deface
Landladies turn to pillars of salt
Like missile silos where the alpha males go
Bombs away, they're throwing blondes at the bonfire
From the ashes, all that's left is a heart of stone

La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la
 
The Song:

"Bonfire Blondes" is a catchy bonus track/b-side for Modern Guilt.

Over some pounding drums and rhythmic acoustic guitar and pulsing keyboards, Beck wonders about his worth as a human being.
 
Live:

Played live 4 times:
Earliest known live version: March 11, 2009
Latest known live version: March 25, 2009

Beck, when he toured Japan for Modern Guilt, played "Bonfire Blondes" a couple of times (presumably because of the lyric about Japan?). It sounds nice on stage, a bit fuller, less raw. Instead of the acoustic guitar, it's done on electric, but mostly sounds very similar. It's a good stage song--lively beat, catchy vocals.