Lyrics

The following lyrics for Hedwig and the Angry Inch are in the order they are performed in the movie.

 
 

Tear Me Down…

  1. Hedwig
    Don't you know me, Kansas City?
    I'm the new Berlin Wall.
    Try and tear me down!

    I was born on the other side
    of a town ripped in two
    I made it over the great divide
    Well now I'm coming for you

    Chorus
    Enemies and adversaries
    they try and tear me down
    You want me, baby, I dare you
    Try and tear me down

    Hedwig
    I rose from off of the doctor's slab
    like Lazarus from the pit
    Now everyone wants to take a stab
    and decorate me
    with blood graffiti and spit

    Chorus
    Enemies and adversaries
    they try and tear me down
    You want me, baby, I dare you
    Try and tear me down

    Yitzhak
    On August 13th, 1961,
    a wall was erected
    down the middle of the city of Berlin.
    The world was divided by a cold war
    and the Berlin wall
    was the most hated symbol of that divide
    Reviled. Graffitied. Spit upon.
    We thought the wall would stand forever,
    and now that it's gone,
    we don't know who we are anymore.

    Ladies and Gentleman,
    Hedwig is like that wall,
    standing before you in the divide
    between East and West,
    Slavery and Freedom,
    Man and Woman,
    Top and Bottom.
    And you can try and tear her down,
    but before you do,
    you must remember one thing! Hey.

    Hedwig
    Ain't much of a difference
    between a bridge and a wall
    Without me right in the middle, babe
    you would be nothing at all

    Chorus
    Enemies and adversaries
    they try and tear me down
    You want me, baby, I dare you
    try and tear me down.

    Enemies and adversaries
    they try and tear me down
    You want me, baby, I dare you
    try and tear me down.

    Hedwig
    From East Berlin
    to Junction City.
    Hello, New York.
    Hello, Missouri.
    What?
    Try and tear me down?

    Come on and tear...
    Come on and tear...
    me down.

    Origin of Love

    Hedwig
    When the earth was still flat,
    And clouds made of fire,
    And mountains stretched up to the sky,
    Sometimes higher,
    Folks roamed the earth
    Like big rolling kegs.
    They had two sets of arms.
    They had two sets of legs.
    They had two faces peering
    Out of one giant head
    So they could watch all around them
    As they talked; while they read.
    And they never knew nothing of love.
    It was before the origin of love.

    (origin of love)
    The origin of love
    (origin of love)

    Now there was three sexes then,
    One that looked like two men
    Glued up back to back,
    They called the children of the sun.
    And similar in shape and girth
    Was the children of the earth.
    They looked like two girls
    Rolled up in one.
    And the children of the moon
    Looked like a fork shoved on a spoon.
    They was part sun, part earth,
    Part daughter, part son.

    Aaahhh... The origin of love.

    Now the gods grew quite scared
    Of our strength and defiance
    And Thor said,
    "I'm gonna kill them all
    With my hammer,
    Like I killed the giants."
    But Zeus said, "No,
    You better let me
    Use my lightning, like scissors,
    Like I cut the legs off the whales,
    Dinosaurs into lizards."
    And then he grabbed up some bolts
    He let out a laugh,
    Said, "I'll split them right down the middle.
    Gonna cut them right up in half."
    And then storm clouds gathered above
    Into great balls of fire

    And then fire shot down
    From the sky in bolts
    Like shining blades
    Of a knife.
    And it ripped
    Right through the flesh
    Of the children of the sun
    And the moon
    And the earth.
    And some Indian god
    Sewed the wound up to a hole,
    Pulled it round to our belly
    To remind us the price we pay.
    And Osiris and the gods of the Nile
    Gathered up a big storm
    To blow a hurricane,
    To scatter us away,
    In a flood of wind and rain,
    A sea of tidal waves,
    To wash us all away,
    And if we don't behave
    They'll cut us down again
    And we'll be hopping around on one foot,
    Looking through one eye.

    The last time I saw you
    We'd just split in two.
    You was looking at me.
    I was looking at you.
    You had a way so familiar,
    But I could not recognize,
    Cause you had blood on your face;
    I had blood in my eyes.
    But I could swear by your expression
    That the pain down in your soul
    Was the same as the one down in mine.
    That's the pain,
    That cuts a straight line
    Down through the heart;
    We called it love.
    We wrapped our arms around each other,
    Tried to shove ourselves back together.
    We was making love,
    Making love.

    It was a cold dark evening,
    Such a long time ago,
    When by the mighty hand of Jove,
    It was a sad story
    How we became
    Lonely two-legged creatures,
    The story
    The origin of love.
    That's the origin of love.
    Oh yeah.
    The origin of love.
    The origin of love.
    The origin of love.

    Sugar Daddy

    Hedwig
    I've got a sweet tooth
    for licorice drops and jelly roll.
    Hey sugar daddy, Hansel needs some sugar in his bowl.
    I'll lay out fine china on the linen
    and polish up the chrome.
    If you've got some sugar for me,
    Sugar Daddy, bring it home.

    Black strap molasses,
    you're my orange blossom honey bear.
    Bring me Versace blue jeans,
    black designer underwear.
    We'll dress up like the disco-dancing jet set
    in Milan and Rome.
    If you've got some sugar for me,
    Sugar Daddy, bring it home.

    Oh the thrill of control,
    like the rush of rock and roll,
    it's the sweetest taste I've known.
    Oh yeah.
    If you've got some sugar, bring it home.

    (Looks like we've got some sugar daddies in the house.)
    When honey bees go shopping
    it's something to be seen.
    (You could give me a cavity, honey.)
    They swarm to wild flowers
    and get nectar for the queen.
    (I bet you could fill that cavity, sweetie.)
    And everything you bring me
    got me dripping like a honeycomb.
    If you've got some sugar for me,
    Sugar Daddy, bring it home.
    (It's a car wash, ladies and gentleman!)

    Oh the thrill of control,
    like the Blitzkrieg on the roll,
    it's the sweetest taste I've known.
    Oh yeah.
    If you've got some sugar
    bring it home.
    Come on, Sugar Daddy bring it home!

    Whiskey and French cigarettes,
    a motorbike with high-speed jets,
    a Waterpik, a Cuisinart
    and a hypo-allergenic dog.
    Oh I want all the luxuries of the modern age,
    and every item on every page
    in the Lillian Vernon catalogue.

    So you think only a woman can truly love a man.
    Well you buy me the dress
    I'll be more woman
    than a man like you can stand.
    I'll be your Venus on a chocolate clam shell
    rising on a sea of marshmallow foam
    If you've got some sugar for me,
    Sugar Daddy, bring it home.

    It's our tradition to control,
    Like Erich Honecker and Helmut Kohl,
    (Remember him?)
    From the Ukraine to the Rhone.
    Sweet home über alles,
    Lord, I'm coming home yeah
    Come on, Sugar Daddy, bring me home.
    (Yeehaw!)

    Angry Inch

    Hedwig
    My sex-change operation got botched
    My guardian angel fell asleep on the watch
    Now all I got is a Barbie Doll-crotch
    I've got an angry inch

    Chorus
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    I got a-
    I got an angry inch
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    I got a-
    I got an angry inch

    Hedwig
    I'm from the land where you still hear the cries
    I had to get out, had to sever all ties
    I changed my name and assumed a disguise
    I've got an angry inch

    Chorus
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    I got a-
    I got an angry inch
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    I got a-
    I got an angry inch
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    The train is coming and I'm tied to the track
    I try to get up but I can't get no slack
    I've got an
    Angry Inch Angry Inch

    Hedwig

    My mother made my tits out of clay
    My boyfriend told me that he'd take me away
    They dragged me to the doctor one day
    I've got an angry inch

    Chorus
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    I got a-
    I got an angry inch
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    I got a-
    I got an angry inch
    (Long story short!)

    Hedwig
    Yeah, long story short
    When I woke up from the operation
    I was bleeding down there
    I was bleeding from the gash between my legs
    It's my first day as a woman
    Already it's that time of the month
    But two days later
    the hole closed up.
    The wound healed
    and I was left with a one inch mound of flesh
    where my penis used to be
    where my vagina never was.
    It was a one inch mound of flesh
    with a scar running down it
    like a sideways grimace
    on an eyeless face
    It was just a little bulge
    It was an angry inch!

    Chorus
    Six inches forward and five inches back
    The train is coming and I'm tied to the track
    I try to get up - I can't get no slack
    I've got an
    Angry Inch Angry Inch

    Six inches forward and five inches back
    Stay under cover till the night turns to black
    I got my inch - I'm set to attack
    I've got an
    Angry Inch Angry Inch

    Wig In A Box

    Hedwig
    On nights like this
    when the world's a bit amiss
    and the lights go down
    across the trailer park
    I get down
    I feel had
    I feel on the verge of going mad
    and then it's time to punch the clock
    I put on some make-up
    Turn on the tape deck
    and put the wig back on my head
    suddenly I'm Miss Midwest
    Midnight Checkout Queen
    until I head home
    and I put myself to bed

    I look back on where I'm from
    look at the woman I've become
    and the strangest things
    seem suddenly routine
    I look up from my Vermouth on the rocks
    a gift-wrapped wig still in the box
    of towering velveteen
    I put on some make-up
    Some LaVern Baker
    I'm pulling the wig down from the shelf
    Suddenly I'm Miss Beehive 1963
    Until I wake up
    and I turn back to myself

    Some girls they got natural ease
    they wear it any way they please
    with their French flip curls
    and perfumed magazines
    Wear it up
    Let it down
    This is the best way that I've found
    to be the best you've ever seen

    I put on some make-up
    Turn on the eight-track
    I'm pulling the wig down from the shelf
    Suddenly I'm Miss Farrah Fawcett
    from TV
    until I wake up
    and I turn back to myself

    Shag, bi-level, bob
    Dorothy Hamill do,
    Sausage curls, chicken wings
    It's all because of you
    With your blow dried, feather back,
    Toni home wave, too
    flip, fro, frizz, flop

    It's all because of you
    It's all because of you
    It's all because of you

    (OK, everybody!)
    I put on some make-up
    Turn on the eight-track
    I'm pulling the wig down from the shelf
    Suddenly I'm this punk rock star
    of stage and screen
    and I ain't never
    I'm never turning back

    Wicked Little Town (Hedwig Version)

    Hedwig
    You know, the sun is in your eyes
    And hurricanes and rains
    and black and cloudy skies.

    You're running up and down that hill.
    You turn it on and off at will.
    There's nothing here to thrill
    or bring you down.

    Chorus
    And if you've got no other choice
    You know you can follow my voice
    through the dark turns and noise
    of this wicked little town.

    Hedwig
    Oh Lady, luck has led you here
    and they're so twisted up
    they'll twist you up. I fear

    the pious, hateful and devout,
    you're turning tricks til you're turned out,
    the wind so cold it burns,
    you're burning out and blowing round.

    Chorus
    And if you've got no other choice
    you know you can follow my voice
    through the dark turns and noise
    of this wicked little town.

    Hedwig
    The fates are vicious and they're cruel.
    You learn too late you've used two wishes
    like a fool

    and then you're someone you are not,
    and Junction City ain't the spot, remember Mrs. Lot
    and when she turned around.

    Chorus
    And if you got no other choice
    you know you can follow my voice
    through the dark turns and noise
    of this wicked little town.

    Hedwig's Lament

    Hedwig
    I was born on the other side
    of a town ripped in two
    And no matter how hard I try
    I end up black and blue

    I rose from off of the doctor's slab
    I lost a piece of my heart
    Now everyone gets to take a stab
    They cut me up into parts

    I gave a piece to my mother
    I gave a piece to my man
    I gave a piece to the rock star
    He took the good stuff and ran

    Exquisite Corpse

    Hedwig
    Oh God
    I'm all sewn up
    A hardened razor-cut
    Scar map across my body
    And you can trace the lines
    Through Misery's designs
    That map across my body

    Chorus
    A collage
    I'm all sewn up
    A montage
    I'm all sewn up

    Yitzhak
    A random pattern with a needle and thread
    The overlapping way diseases are spread
    Through a tornado body
    With a hand grenade head
    And the legs are two lovers entwined

    Hedwig
    Inside I'm hollowed out
    Outside's a paper shroud
    And all the rest's illusion
    That there's a will and soul
    That we can wrest control
    From chaos and confusion

    Chorus
    A collage
    I'm all sewn up
    A montage
    I'm all sewn up

    Hedwig
    The automatist's undoing
    The whole world starts unscrewing
    As time collapses and space warps, yeah
    You see decay and ruin
    I tell you "No, no, no, no
    You make such an exquisite corpse"

    I've got it all sewn up
    A hardened razor cut
    Scar map across my body
    And you can trace the lines
    Through Misery's designs
    That map across my body

    Chorus
    A collage
    I'm all sewn up
    A montage
    I'm all sewn up

    Wicked Little Town (Tommy Gnosis Version)

    Tommy
    Gnosis

    Forgive me,
    For I did not know.
    'Cause I was just a boy
    You were so much more

    Than any god could ever plan,
    More than a woman or a man.
    Now I understand
    How much I took from you:
    That, when everything starts breaking down,
    You take the pieces off the ground
    And show this wicked town
    something beautiful and new.

    You think that Luck
    Has left you there.
    But maybe there's nothing
    Up in the sky but air.

    And there's no mystical design,
    No cosmic lover preassigned.
    There's nothing you can find
    that cannot be found.
    'Cause, with all the changes
    you've been through,
    It seems the stranger's always you,
    Alone again in some new
    Wicked little town.

    When you've got no other choice
    You know you can follow my voice
    Through the dark turns and noise
    Of this wicked little town.
    It's a wicked little town.
    Goodbye, wicked little town.

    Midnight Radio

    Hedwig

    Rain falls hard
    Burns dry
    A dream
    Or a song
    That hits you so hard
    Filling you up
    And suddenly gone

    Breathe Feel Love
    Give Free
    Know in your soul
    Like your blood knows the way
    From your heart to your brain
    Knows that you're whole

    And you're shining
    Like the brightest star
    A transmission
    On the midnight radio
    And you're spinning
    Like a 45
    Ballerina
    Dancing to your rock and roll

    Here's to Patti
    ...and Tina
    ...and Yoko
    ...Aretha
    ...and Nona
    ...and Nico
    ...and me

    And all the strange rock and rollers
    You know you're doing all right
    So hold on to each other
    You gotta hold on tonight
    And you're shining
    Like the brightest stars
    A transmission
    On the midnight radio

    And you're spinning
    Your new 45s
    All the misfits and the losers
    Well, you know you're rock and rollers
    Spinning to your rock and roll

    Lift up your hands
    Lift up your hands
    Lift up your hands
    (...repeated to fade...)

    The Long Grift

    Tommy
    Gnosis

    Look what you've done,
    you gigolo.
    You know that I loved you, hon,
    and I didn't want to know
    that your cool,
    seductive serenade
    was a tool
    of your trade,
    you gigolo.

    Of all the riches you've surveyed,
    and all that you can lift,
    I'm just another dollar that you made
    in your long, long grift

    Look what you've done,
    you gigolo.
    Another hustle has been run,
    but now you ought to know
    that this fool
    can no longer be swayed
    by the tools
    of your trade,
    you gigolo.

    I'm just another john you gypped,
    another sucker stiffed,
    a walk-on role in the script
    to your long, long grift.
    The love that had me in your grip
    was just a long, long grift.

    Nailed

    By the gold light of your halo I wanna nail ya
    Give you lovin' and devotion that won't ever fail ya'
    Wanna run my mouth over your wounds
    And you'll fall on the ground
    And the holes in your hands and your feet they help to nail you down

    Nail ya down
    Nailed
    Nailed
    Nailed
    They made you Christ to get ya nailed

    When you hover in the night like a holy vision
    With the crimson and the purple of your incision
    Wanna run my fingers through your hair and over your pale skin
    On the fringe, shit, Jesus Christ man, you sure wanna nail him

    Get ya nailed
    Nailed
    Nailed
    Nailed
    They made you Christ to get ya nailed

    He died for me
    Died for no one else
    He died for no one
    And he'd see and complain
    Oh the sweet and the sigh, to pain

    And your heart is left out naked and exposed
    I wish that you had left more to the eye, yeah
    And I can't find the words to say I love you
    And why and why and why and why and why... ha!

    Nailed
    Nailed
    Nailed
    It's just a fight to get ya nailed
    They sent you Christ to get ya nailed

    Freaks

    We are freaks
    We follow the code of freaks
    We are freaks
    Stand back and that's that
    We are freaks
    We fuck who we please and do what we choose
    We're not bad, we're not diseased or confused

    We are freaks
    We are butch, we are femme
    We are freaks
    Look at him, look at them
    We are freaks
    I know this guy who can suck his own dick
    And my mother has a friend who has three tits
    T-t-t-true story

    We are freaks
    We follow the code of freaks
    We are freaks
    Stand back and that's that
    We are freaks
    We fuck who we please and do what we choose
    We're not bad, we're not diseased or confused

    One of us, one of us
    One of us, one of us
    One of us, one of us
    One of us, one of us
    One of us, one of us
    One of us, one of us

    Then I thought I was a freak when I shaved my head and I pierced my dick
    Walks like a lumberjack and talks like a lady
    With the flannel shirt, steel toe boots, Levi's faded

    All hail
    She's the king, she's the queen
    All hail of the freaks, all the freaks on the scene
    From the Bows of the Bowery to the bustle of Bombay
    She's the bearded lady of Avenue A
    That's the way God planned it
    That's the way
    That's the way God planned it
    That's the way
    That's the way God planned it
    That's the way
    That's the way God planned it
    That the way

    All hail
    She's the king, she's the queen
    All hail of the freaks, all the freaks on the scene
    From the Bows of the Bowery to the bustle of Bombay
    She's the bearded lady of Avenue A
    That's the way God planned it
    That's the way
    That's the way God planned it
    That's the way
    That's the way God planned it
    That's the way
    That's the way God planned it
    That the way

    In Your Arms Tonight

    Running head on
    To things that knock me down
    Over again
    He picked me off the ground
    And I wasn't strong enough to fight
    Anymore, but in your arms tonight

    Hold me close and tight
    In your arms tonight
    In your arms tonight
    In your arms tonight
    Oh my love

    God only knows
    Why I don't just retreat
    'Stead of riding the rails
    Back to the place of my worst defeat
    'Cause I'm not fooling anyone, not quite
    Convincing you
    But when your arms are in mine

    Try not to be strong
    Cry 'til it's all gone
    If you hold me tight
    In your arms tonight
    Oh my love

    For years you've seen in me
    The one who'd be there for you
    The way I need you, here tonight
    Yeah yeah yeah

    In your arms tonight
    In your arms tonight
    In your arms tonight
    In your arms tonight, oh my love, oh yeah

    My love...