Song Lyric Sunday: Pain – ‘Cold Turkey’

“Oh I’ll be a good boy
Please make me well”

The theme for this week on Helen’s This Thing Caled Life One Word At A Time is ‘pain’.

As Helen rightly points out, there’s no end of songs that seek to convey the feeling of pain. However, many – perhaps even the majority – of these are about what could be described as ’emotional’ pain. I certainly don’t seek to belittle that, but I thought I’d stick more rigorously to the brief and post some lyrics about physical pain.

This song by John Lennon was released as a single in the UK in 1969 during my final year at school. I loved it for the clashing dissonance of the performance – like it says on the record label,’Play Loud’ – as I had no idea what ‘cold turkey’ actually was. And after this, I never wanted to find out for myself.

Temperature’s rising
Fever is high
Can’t see no future
Can’t see no sky
My feet are so heavy
So is my head
I wish I was a baby
I wish I was dead
Cold turkey has got me on the run

My body is aching
Goose-pimple bone
Can’t see no body
Leave me alone
My eyes are wide open
Can’t get to sleep
One thing I’m sure of
I’m at the deep freeze

Cold turkey has got me on the run.

Thirty-six hours
Rolling in pain
Praying to someone
Free me again
Oh I’ll be a good boy
Please make me well
I promise you anything
Get me out of this hell
Cold turkey has got me on the run

Lyrics by John Lennon

Remember: play loud:


Song Lyric Sunday 23 April 2017


4 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Pain – ‘Cold Turkey’

  1. I actually had to look it up, because I’ve heard it used in context, but never out of it. I wouldn’t ever want to experience it myself either. Great song! Thanks so much for sharing!

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