Tommy Ramone (1949-2014) Tribute List

July 14, 2014
Tommy Ramone, the drummer for the 70s punk giants The Ramones, died on July 11th 2014 at the age of 65. It's no accident that one of the Ramones' most famous songs is "Blitzkrieg Bop"- the band was all about a sonic assault. Tommy was the last remaining living Ramone, so with this list we pay tribute to the entire band. They were not known for their lyrics, but even a quick look at their lyrical output reveals a unique perspective on a turbulent time, the 70s and early 80s. Here are 15 lyrics with interesting vocabulary from the Ramones' entire career.
They're forming in a straight line
They're going through a tight wind
The kids are losing their minds
The Blitzkrieg Bop- " Blitzkrieg Bop"
I'm gonna go for a whirl with my cretin girl
My feet won't stop
Doin' the Cretin Hop- " Cretin Hop"
I have the strength to endure
And all the love so pure
I have the strength to endure
Because... because...- "Strength to Endure"
Infatuation, she's a fatal attraction
Hang around, screw up my mind
I hope I've seen her for the very last time- "Tomorrow She Goes Away"
After all these years I'm still alive.

I'm out here kickin' with the band.
I am no longer a solitary man.
Every day my time runs out.
Lived like a fool, that's what I was about, oh-"I Believe in Miracles"
Picked up the magazine, I see your face
You're nothin' boy, a goddamn waste
With the lamest fashions on your back
You're never happy, a hypochondriac-"Don't Bust My Chops"
Blurred vision and dirty thoughts
Feel (out of place), very distraught
Feel something coming on-"Somebody Put Something in my Drink"
The heart is the place devils congregate
When you're raised on andiet of bickering at hate
Hair trigger temper tormented mind
Deadly spitten cobra I am losin' kind-"Endless Vacation"
Couldn't keep a secret
Got a concrete skull
Couldn't shut up you're an imbecile
You're an ugly dog there's
Nothing to gain
You couldn't shut up got a
Bad bad brain- "Mama's Boy"
I need psychiatric therapy
I could use a lobotomy
Guess I'll never learn
Suppose I'll always be a worm-"Freak of Nature"
But you can't come back and be the first in line, on no
You're obsolete my baby
My poor old-fashioned baby
I said baby, baby, baby you're out of time- "Out of Time"
We still believe in anarchy
It makes me so damn angry-"Love Kills"
Death destruction bombs galore
The rich are laughing at the poor-"Planet Earth 1988"
Schocked how deadly we fight back
Troublemakers who attack
Mercenary, fight for anyone
Fight for money, fight for fun-"Let's Go"
I used to be an A student
I never used to complain
I used to be a truant
But I'm still the same
Bad bad brain - "Bad Brain"

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Wednesday July 16th 2014, 1:46 AM
Comment by: Walter B. (Anaheim, CA)
Hmmm... my math pinpoints his age at 64.

[65, actually. Now fixed! —Ed.]

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