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Purple Toupee Lyrics

Artist: They Might Be Giants
Album: Lincoln

I remember the year I went to camp
I heard about some lady named Selma and some blacks
Somebody put their fingers in the President's ears
It wasn't too much later they came out with Johnson's wax
I remember the book depository where they crowned the king of Cuba
Now that's all I can think of, but I'm sure there's something else
Way down inside me I can feel it coming back

Purple toupee will show the way when summer brings you down
(Purple toupee when summer brings you down)
Purple toupee and gold lame will turn your brain around
(Purple toupee and gold lame)

Chinese people were fighting in the park
We tried to help them fight, no one appreciated that
Martin X was mad when they outlawed bell bottoms
Ten years later they were sharing the same cell
I shouted out, "Free the Expo '67"
Till they stepped on my hair, and they told me I was fat
Now I'm very big, I'm a big important man
And the only thing that's different is underneath my hat

Purple toupee will show the way when summer brings you down
(Purple toupee when summer brings you down)
Purple toupee and gold lame will turn your brain around
(Purple toupee and gold lame)

Purple toupee is here to stay after the hair has gone away
The purple brigade is marching from the grave

We're on some kind of mission
We have an obligation
We have to wear toupees
Comments/Interpretations
by Taylor Abrahamse on 2/8/2009 8:43pm
Its sort of a soundalike of "Ana Ag" and "Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head", but its a great song nonetheless. I think every great band should have one obviously derivative hit :)
by Max E. on 6/13/2010 6:32pm
I think this song pokes fun at aging hippies. But that's just me.

Great song, and very singable.
by Maddie Monster on 9/22/2010 1:43pm
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by Todd Brooks on 1/19/2011 8:44pm
This is a cool song, Love They Might Be Giants
by flyinmunky40 on 8/23/2011 10:49pm
I think that its talking about getting older, and as you get older, you wear toupees, and hes talking about random memories, but in riddle joke form
by crarzninja12 on 4/26/2012 8:24pm
right on
by hmmmm on 10/12/2012 12:52am
It's about the CIA killing JFK and Johnson taking the Presidency. Martin luther king and Malcom X also and so forth... Not sure where the purple toupee and gold lame come in. Possibly has something to do with secret societies and the strange attire they wear during ceremonies.


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