Song of the Day #2,968: ‘Private Idaho’ – The B-52’s

b52s_wild_planetAh, a nice refreshing respite from the abrasive punk rock of last week! My next 1980 album is the sophomore effort by New Wave band The B-52’s.

Wild Planet and the band’s self-titled debut (released a year earlier) are considered The B-52’s best work, at least until 1989’s comeback album Cosmic Thing, which featured the hits ‘Roam’ and ‘Love Shack.’ The first two records established their flamboyant, retro style and put Athens, Georgia, on the musical map a few years before R.E.M.’s first record.

While ‘Rock Lobster’ from the band’s debut became an underground hit, ‘Private Idaho’ from Wild Planet made its mark a decade later as the inspiration for the title of Gus Van Sant’s 1991 film, My Own Private Idaho.

Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo
You’re living in your own Private Idaho
Living in your own Private Idaho
Underground like a wild potato
Don’t go on the patio
Beware of the pool
Blue bottomless pool
It leads you straight
Right throught the gate
That opens on the pool

You’re living in your own Private Idaho
You’re living in your own Private Idaho
Keep off the path, beware of the gate
Watch out for signs that say “hidden driveways”
Don’t let the chlorine in your eyes
Blind you to the awful surprise
That’s waitin’ for you at
The bottom of the bottomless blue blue blue pool

You’re livin in your own Private Idaho. Idaho
You’re out of control, the rivers that roll
You fell into the water and down to Idaho
Get out of that state
Get out of that state you’re in
You better beware

You’re living in your own Private Idaho
You’re living in your own Private Idaho

Keep off the patio
Keep off the path
The lawn may be green
But you better not be seen
Walkin’ through the gate that leads you down
Down to a pool fraught with danger
Is a pool full of strangers

You’re living in your own Private Idaho
Where do I go from here to a better state than this
Well, don’t be blind to the big surprise
Swimming round and round like the deadly hand
Of a radium clock, at the bottom of the pool

I-I-I-daho
I-I-I-daho
Woah oh oh woah oh oh woah oh oh
Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
Get out of that state
Get out of that state
You’re living in your own Private Idaho
Livin in your own Private…. Idaho

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,968: ‘Private Idaho’ – The B-52’s

  1. Dana says:

    Other than the hits, I really have no familiarity with the B-52’s albums. However, while I enjoy the songs I do know, a little of their sound goes a long way for me. I don’t think I would ever find myself in the mood to listen to a full album, at least not in one sitting.

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