Soul Coughing - Screenwriter's Blues Lyrics




Exits to freeways twisted like knots on the fingers
Jewels cleaving skin between breasts

Your Cadillac breathes four hundred horses over blue lines
You are going to Reseda to make love to a model from Ohio whose real name you don't know
You spin like the Cadillac was overturning down a cliff on television
And the radio is on
And the radio man is speaking
And the radio man says women were a curse
So men built Paramount Studios
And men built Columbia Studios
And men built Los Angeles

It is 5 A.M., and you are listening to Los Angeles
It is 5 A.M., and you are listening to Los Angeles

And the radio man says, "It is a beautiful night out there"
And the radio man says, "Rock 'n' roll lives"
And the radio man says, "It is a beautiful night out there in Los Angeles"
You live in Los Angeles, and you are going to Reseda
We are all in some way or another going to Reseda someday to die
And the radio man laughs because the radio man fucks a model, too

Gone savage for teenagers with automatic weapons and boundless love
Gone savage for teenagers who are aesthetically pleasing, in other words, fly
Los Angeles beckons the teenagers to come to her on buses
Los Angeles loves love

It is 5 A.M., and you are listening to Los Angeles
It is 5 A.M., and you are listening to Los Angeles

I am going to Los Angeles to build a screenplay about lovers who murder each other
I am going to Los Angeles to see my own name on a screen, five feet long and luminous
As the radio man says, "It is 5 A.M., and the sun has charred the other side of the world and come back to us
And painted the smoke over our heads an imperial violet"

It is 5 A.M., and you are listening to Los Angeles
It is 5 A.M., and you are listening to Los Angeles

You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
You are listening
To Los Angeles





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Soul Coughing Screenwriter's Blues Comments
  1. Julia Stoecker

    This song is fucking hilarious

  2. Ziege Eule

    It is 4 a.m..
    And I am listeniiing
    To Soul Coughing.

  3. MrToonfish

    Goosebumps, even after 25 years !!!

  4. Alex DeLarge

    Hank Moody: the song

  5. Simon Deacon

    I was living my with my girlfriend at the time who was an aspiring screenwriter. For laughs I typed "screenwriter" on iTunes and this came up randomly, downloaded it and we listened to it together. I'm glad we did for it is still one of my favorite songs to this day.

  6. Celia Kupersanin

    0:00-0:27 I like the beginning.

  7. Kurt Dahlke

    nothing a little drum and double bass won't help ... :D

  8. Winston Smith

    You are going to Resitta
    No, I'm not!

  9. tugatom

    this song is so damn amazing

  10. Rob Davidson

    John Dougherty sounded better with this band so far ...his solo work just doesn't have the same appeal. ..

  11. Roland Weigman

    Good shit mang!

  12. Melissa Brown

    I saw them preform in the late 90's in Minneapolis, they opened with this song...perfection

  13. Autumn Falls

    Love yah mike

  14. Autumn Falls

    Addicted to him soul is amazing

  15. Joseph Finkelstein

    Every single word of this song is my life right now. God Bless you Doughty. Not figuratively. I just realized my life is a soul coughing song;

  16. John Nava

    Poetry at its finest.

  17. Skibbo Shadow

    This is amazing!

  18. Jack Straw

    Head banger!

  19. gummybear

    I LIKE THE MUSIC BUT FUCK ME THOSE VOCALS ARE ANNOYING AS FUCK

  20. Jack Merlot Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    JOJO EPIK GONE POPPIN DAT FLOATIE OATIE COVENT GARDENS HAND SOY TIP TO MARTIN HELVETICA TRANSPOSE WHICHEVER WAY THE WIND BLOWS KISSES FROM LULU TO DOUGHTY

    *news at eleven • film at eleven*

  21. Ms. Unicorn

    This was one of my dad's favorite songs well now he is dead but I like this song even though this is my first time listening to This🙁

  22. BK Bland

    One of the best albums ever. This was my first Soul Coughing song.
    Naturally, I was intrigued.

  23. Ride it like you stole it

    First time I heard this song I didn't really pay attention. Second time was in my car, going to Santa Monica to make love to a model from Illinois who's real name I still don't know.
    This is Beat poetry, one of the best descriptions of Los Angeles in rhyme. The best prose about Los Angeles is http://www.bldgblog.com/2007/10/greater-los-angeles , which you should read if you ever consider coming here. Los Angeles loves... Love.

  24. Evy Faulkner

    heard this at 2:50am...not in Los Angeles tho...in bed,on radio WXPN...I was lisssssssssssssssening.👍💗🍻

  25. Ronin User

    Another world. In and of itself. Like Manhattan.

  26. BasketCase

    Whenever I'm up at 5 am (any point during the hour) for whatever reason I make it a rule that I have to listen to this song.

    DylanDoesThings

    Joshua Lewis Me too. That’s why I’m here right now.

  27. Alaric Jones

    When i first heard this song in the 90s i thought "this is the future of music" -- and i still think it is the future of music.

  28. Druid Bear

    The vocalist sounds sorta like Busdriver

  29. JSG1138

    I remember

  30. Mike Pesackis

    So fresh, so lyrical, so meditative . . .

  31. Brandon Landis

    Some of the best songwriting in the last 20 years. Gods I love this album.

  32. Dr. Manhattan

    This band seriously needs to come back!!!

  33. Declan Chu-Ricci

    he fucks a model too

  34. Jordan Windley

    This song is

  35. Declan Chu-Ricci

    Exits to freeways
    Wisted like knots on
    The fingers
    Jewels cleaving
    Skin between
    Breasts.

    Your Cadillac breathes
    Four hundred horses
    Over blue lines
    You are going
    To Reseda
    To make love
    To a model
    From Ohio
    Whose real name
    You don't
    Know

    You spin
    Like the cadillac was
    Overturning down a
    Cliff on television
    And the radio is on
    And the radioman is speaking
    And the radioman says
    Women were a curse
    So men built Paramount
    Studios
    And men built Columbia
    Studios
    And men built
    Los Angeles

    It is 5 am
    And you are listening
    To Los Angeles

    And the radioman says
    It is a beautiful night out there!
    And the radioman says
    Rock and Roll lives!
    And the radioman says
    It is a beautiful night out there
    In Los Angeles
    You live
    In Los Angeles
    And you are going to
    Reseda; we are all
    In some way or
    Another going to
    Reseda someday
    To die
    And the radioman
    Laughs because
    The radioman fucks
    A model too

    Gone savage
    For teenagers with
    Automatic weapons and
    Boundless love
    Gone savage for
    Teenagers who are
    Aesthetically pleasing
    In other words
    Fly
    Los Angeles beckons
    The teenagers
    To come to her
    On buses;
    Los Angeles loves
    Love

    It is 5 am
    And you are listening
    To Los Angeles

    I am going to
    Los Angeles
    To built a screenplay about
    Lovers who
    Murder each
    Other
    I am going to
    Los Angeles
    To see my own
    Name on a
    Screen, five feet
    Long and luminous
    As the radioman says
    It is 5 am
    And the sun has charred
    The other side of
    The world and come
    Back to us
    And painted the smoke
    Over our heads
    An imperial violet
    It is 5 am
    And you are listening
    To Los Angeles.

    You are listening.
    You are listening.
    You are listening.
    You are listening.

  36. whimbird

    The marvelous douchebag song

  37. AnonsCrossfader

    This band is like the pinnacle of good taste.

  38. Elidoransgar

    You are going to Reseda. The inevitable heat-death of the universe means that we are all going to Reseda someday...to die. And though this song never says it, the Radioman lives in Reseda, and the Radioman will be there someday, when he dies. You live in Reseda...

  39. whimbird

    This is a fucking glorious lullaby. "Lisssss-ning....Lissssss--uuh----NING"

  40. tilde456

    seriously need more of them, fukin rhythm section from hell, psycho manic vocals, compliments of mike doughy.... roll in it an PURRR

  41. BRUCHTEIL

    g o d d ä m n .................................. stilll a line...... a . live .......................................... like ..................hä ??????????????????????? thx up . LA .............................BRUCHTEIL ...................




    wheres´z ma manej .... $$$ . . . . on playlist .... en .... jetzt ... now...... say ... .yes... british columbja ....




    .this swing goes down .. and a m a driving .... 69 .. ford ....... fuck you .. .michi.realax.. lowest.budget...

  42. Rance Mohammitz

    "gone savage, with teenagers with automatic weapons and boundless love..."

  43. debra maddox

    LOVE IT!

  44. Live Nation Clubs and Theaters

    We met up with Soul Coughing in the early 2000's to talk about using MP3's to promote their band (on a website!) the animation that aired on Cartoon Network, and working with Mike Doughty on lyrics. Check it: https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=Tmls96tpwdM

  45. Tyler Tucker

    And the radioman...

    Arthur Dent

    Tyler Tucker isn't listening

  46. Sphynia- Cat

    this song give me odd feelings of nostalgia.

    Eric Genest

    it was easier to value music, wasn't it?

    Gir's Taco

    Right? It's almost like this was on the radio during every single one of those strange sleepless LA nights..

  47. Sphynia- Cat

    I freaking love soul coughing

    debra maddox

    metoo! this song especially!

  48. Sphynia- Cat

    it's 5 am where I live xD

  49. Sphynia- Cat

    God this freaking song, that background music omg ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  50. Nicholas Bass

    1994 - Driving to school listening to this song on Album 88. This track, and album, is still a banger.

  51. smoog

    19 people were models from Ohio

    Vector Nectar

    Now there are 22 cunts of the cocksuck crew! ;) :D

  52. jameshisself

    Gawd I've been looking for this song for a decade. Love it.

  53. ///////////////////

    these guys were on mdma no doubt

    Christine Campbell

    well known heroin addicts-saw Mike Douhgty in Minneapolis after he released his bio-The Book of Drugs-he had 2 yrs clean at the time and was not happy

    ///////////////////

    +Christine Campbell really?this song musta been a speedball then ahaha

    ///////////////////

    +Christine Campbell also thats a sham but i guess Straight aint always great!

  54. ///////////////////

    how have I never heard of these guys? this is fucking great

  55. Jack_Kerouac

    SINCE NOBODY CAN APPRECIATE ART LIKE A BEAT - READ & DIG CATS.
    AKA, go fuck yerself... babie!!!



    Exits to freeways twisted like knots on the fingers

    Jewels cleaving skin between breasts

    Your Cadillac breathes four hundred horses over blue lines

    You are going to Reseda to make love to a model from Ohio

    Whose real name you don't knowYou spin like the Cadillac was overturning down a cliff on television

    And the radio is on and the radioman is speaking

    And the radioman says women were a curse

    So men built Paramount studios

    And men built Columbia studios and men built Los AngelesIt is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los Angeles

    It is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los AngelesAnd the radioman says it is a beautiful night out there

    And the radioman says rock and roll lives

    And the radioman says it is a beautiful night out there in Los Angeles

    You live in Los Angeles and you are going to Reseda

    We are all in some way or another going to Reseda someday to dieAnd the radioman laughs because the radioman fucks a model too

    Gone savage for teenagers with automatic weapons and boundless love

    Gone savage for teenagers who are aesthetically pleasing

    In other words fly, Los Angeles beckons

    The teenagers to come to her on buses, Los Angeles loves loveIt is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los Angeles

    It is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los AngelesI am going to Los Angeles to build a screenplay about

    Lovers who murder each other

    I am going to Los Angeles to see my own name on a screen

    Five feet long and luminousAs the radioman says it is 5 a.m. and the sun has charred

    The other side of the world and comeback to us

    And painted the smoke over our heads an imperial violetIt is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los Angeles

    It is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los Angeles

    It is 5 a.m. and you are listening to Los Angeles

    And you are listening to Los AngelesYou are listening

    You are listening

    You are listeningTo Los Angeles

  56. Skip Rahm

    Great band at the time. I started listening to them in the early 90's. Heard them at Simons Rock College, was working in an Art gallery. They came in, we smoked some green, cool.

    Jason Kent

    Was it 5am? Were you listening...

    Symons203 interwebs

    That green

    Max Aronow

    Simons Rock College? do you mean Bard?

  57. Maral KRS

    I Love This So Much...!

  58. Columbia College Hollywood - Official

    Amazing playlist! Keep up the excellent work! We'd love for you to visit our channel as well and view some short films, educational videos and more! Have an amazing and positive day!

  59. Jamie White

    and you are going on youtube to bash a writer. you don't know. lol

  60. Jamie White

    and the radio man is; speaking....

  61. J P

    Love Chuck Palanuik's writing and Doughtry just sang it perfectly

    MicrowaveJellyfish

    +J P What do you mean? Are there actual Chuck quotes in the lyrics?

  62. Qwerty Qyx

    This should be PWG's official theme song.

  63. Ian Epps

    the sun has charred the other side of the world, and come back to us, and painted the smoke over our heads an imperial violet

    one of my favorite poetic images of all time

    CtrlAltPhreak

    I love it. I've seen many LA sunrises and that verse laid it out perfectly.

    asonuniq

    I learned from this song empyreal is actually a shade of purple (violet) http://www.colourlovers.com/color/431C5F/Empyreal

    Gir's Taco

    Profound in a jaded kind of way.. perfect for L.A.

    jsm666

    "Gone savage for teenagers with automatic weapons and boundless love..." Haunting and scary.

  64. Hailey Krakana

    Jack Kerouac would enjoy this.

    Hailey Krakana

    Good for you. I enjoy his work but reading taste is, after all, quite subjective.

    Max Aronow

    +Hailey Krakana "good for you"

    don't shoot the messenger.... check Doughty's interview from some Canadian music program in 1995, its on YouTube.

    Hailey Krakana

    Oh wow, I'm sorry, I completely misread your comment. I thought you were saying you didn't like him. Hmm that is interesting, I will have to look that up. Soul Coughing's lyrics just reminded me of the stream-of-concisousness writing style of notable modernists and later of some of the beat writers, so that is a little surprising to me. Interesting though, nonetheless! 

    Jack_Kerouac

    FUCK YOU... Meddling trolls

    Starving Buddha

    True that!

  65. Hailey Krakana

    This song is proof that poetry will never die—it merely transforms into something new.

  66. Eugene Chappuis

    hells yas Queens

  67. Jon B Baca

    aesthetically pleasing...in other words flllyyyyyyyy

    Roland Weigman

    Flyyyyyyyyyyyy

  68. squinkque

    The Republican War on Women has been waged for many decades my friends.

    Cinema Slut

    squinkque cool meme

    baashdi hobstocking

    squinkque
    be more than a party, be more than a gender, be more than a war. be more than a friend.

    Zen Chiro

    Harvey Weinstein was one of Hillary's biggest donors. Bill loved the ladies too.

  69. ddremoboy

    People thumbed down because the lyrics went over their heads. Not everybody can respect nor understand beautiful poetry.

    Bob Star

    and the radio man laughs, because the radio man fucks a model too....

    baashdi hobstocking

    or their a model from Ohio.

    E. Trimble

    ddremoboy or they just have a different taste in music. if everyone thought the same songs were great, then discussions about music would be very uninteresting

  70. Clove Robbins

    I love him!

  71. LunaticFade

    " And the radio man says: women were a curse, so men built Paramount Studios, and men built Colombia Studios, and men built....Los Angeles."  So latent chauvinist, yet so cool.

    LunaticFade

    Oh I don't think it is implied as a good thing either. I always took it to mean that the reality of a relationship between and man and a woman is always a difficult one, so when the studio system was built it became a boy's club that projected an unrealistic and even chauvinist image of women.  I don't think its a good thing, but it sounds cool when he sings it.  This could also be that I had my heart shredded by a woman in New York, and I ended up moving to LA, so that latent frustration speaks to me, even though I know its wrong. 

    degas

    @LunaticFade picking up what your are laying down.... ;)

    Symons203 interwebs

    Is the Weather Man aware of feminists?

    Brianna Bryster

    That's a pretty vacant, simplistic analysis based on a single phrase in the mouth of a fictional character. #LookingForThingsThatAreNotThere

    LunaticFade

    Brianna Bryster is that not what writing is? Is it not both a challenge to figure out what the writer was putting forth while at the same time finding ways you relate to it? The meaning of lyrics can change for the listener over time, it can be one of the things that makes a piece timeless. As far as vacant on one line...I mean, what do you think it means? The single line or the whole song.

  72. maazvdo

    Soul Coughing- Screenwriter's Blues
    Thanks for posting,

    Toby Arguello

  73. MrSpaceplatypus

    Love this one!

  74. Gary Strand

    its 6:00pm in minneapolis  practice your trip plan and do your pre-trip inspections  in-cab and out of it  

  75. Majoracan King

    I'm so surprised, I think i head this on the radio awhile back.

  76. Jason Sanders2

    i could have sworn there used to be an official music video of this, but i can't find it anymore.

  77. Jason Sanders2

    Jewels cleaving the skin between....
    b r e a s t sss

  78. sidDkid87

    "It is 5 am /
     And you are listening /
     To Los Angeles"

    Me And You

    sidDkid87
    I read this just as he said this in the song.
    Love, Bob.
    (-:

  79. adizmal

    your cadillac breathes 400 horses over blue lines...

    KitchenASMR

    I always wondered... Does that mean it's parked in a handicap spot?

    tugatom

    ​@KitchenASMR I didn't realize that but yeah maybe. A powerful 400 HP "cool guy" car sitting in a handicap spot, going to bang a model. Yikes

  80. reblahuty63

    i am going to reseda one day to die.  but i could do worse.  i could die in chicao or even worse... i could die in a horrible suburb of chicago

  81. sean donachy

    Fuck yeah!

  82. hatchetmasta

    studiozzzzzzz

  83. Jessica Fly

    To me, that is beautiful

  84. boxcutta77

    It took a ridiculous commercial to remind me how much I love this band

  85. George Reagan

    The entire album is brilliant.

  86. Nick Gregory

    For the evil of Mother Theresa, who's death we cherish...

    cruddnow

    Lord of the Landmines

  87. NinjaMoogle218

    20 years ago, Mike Doughty buried a treasure chest for me to find. I found it 5yrs ago. Thank you, sir. Thank you.

  88. Oliver Comstock Reynolds

    Los Angeles loves... love

  89. Xeriphism

    Arguably my all time favorite soul coughing track ever

  90. Applemask

    We give thanks to God
    We give thanks to God
    We give thanks to God
    We give thanks to God

  91. Salve

    It also has the word "fuck."

    balla.

  92. Jacob S.

    I feel like i might be arrested for not being high right now.

  93. sandy pinenut

    soul deung

  94. chirokevo

    whos real name you dont know

  95. Browntau

    For ages, I searched for this song in vain, hearing it occasionally at 3am on the radio whilst driving through hot summer nights. Then I searched the words "painted the smoke above our heads an imperial violet" and I was able to hear this on demand. Now it's time to explore the whole album of genius!

  96. Eric McCarthy

    As always, Soul Coughing is awesome.

  97. singinsam21

    I knew them, and they were definitely not Satanists.

  98. Ryan Dalessandro

    How have I not heard of these guys before today!? Why? What have I done in my past life to deserve 27 Soul Coughing-less years!? What's coming out of my speakers is me in music form.