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5 January 2017
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I have a question…I am reading a book that has referred to this song more than once as “confessional.”  But I had always thought he was pointing the finger at other people, saying they can’t hide their crippled nature.

Is he admitting to being crippled inside himself?

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5 January 2017
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I certainly think he would include himself among those “crippled inside”, @Expert Textpert.

Remember, this isn’t that long after Primal Scream, and one of the tenets of that as a belief system is that we are all crippled by the unexpressed pain we hide within ourselves, which often results in our more self-destructive personality traits (thus revealing the existence of the suppressed negative emotions buried inside).

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5 January 2017
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Ron Nasty said
I certainly think he would include himself among those “crippled inside”, expert-textpert.

Remember, this isn’t that long after Primal Scream, and one of the tenets of that as a belief system is that we are all crippled by the unexpressed pain we hide within ourselves, which often results in our more self-destructive personality traits (thus revealing the existence of the suppressed negative emotions buried inside).  

 

Interesting, that would make sense. I guess maybe he is pointing out that all of the unfair ways in which people think and behave are as a result of their inner turmoil. I hadn’t though of it that way.

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7 January 2017
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Ron Nasty said
I certainly think he would include himself among those “crippled inside”, @expert textpert

I think that is the irony behind the song. An upbeat tune with a fun rhyme scheme turns out to be a dreary reflection made by a damaged man. 

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From page 1 of this thread:

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This song feels so lively and upbeat, but the lyrics are the opposite: Dark and bleak.

“One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.”

What are your thoughts?  

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I just listened to it for the first time.  I like it.  It almost has a Maxwell’s Silver Hammer feel in a way, upbeat, but a little dark.

*9, how appropriate for the John board*  

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I certainly think he would include himself among those “crippled inside”, @expert textpert

I think that is the irony behind the song. An upbeat tune with a fun rhyme scheme turns out to be a dreary reflection made by a damaged man.   

I agree with the Maxwell’s Silver Hammer comparison. On the flip side, you have heavy music to go with lyrics about an amusement ride in Helter Skelter . Beatles music, group and solo, can be schizophrenic.

Now I am reminded of the Was John Haunted By His Inner Emptiness? thread.

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Interesting, that would make sense. I guess maybe he is pointing out that all of the unfair ways in which people think and behave are as a result of their inner turmoil. I hadn’t though of it that way.  

It takes strength to overcome that inner turmoil sometimes and not act upon it.

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Ah, but then there is the angry song Gimme Some Truth on that album about politicians as whiny hypocrites. I always saw Crippled Inside as the funny/cynical side of Gimme, not as John flogging himself. Could have been a perfect side 1 & side 2 of a single about the same thing! Listen to them back to back…

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@SaxonMothersSon, I like your signature.

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I just read a quote by the film director Elia Kazan talking about James Dean and couldn’t help thinking about this song..

“Dean’s body was very graphic; it was almost writhing in pain sometimes. He was very twisted, as if he were cringing all the time. Dean was a cripple anyway, inside–he was not like [Marlon Brando]. People compared them, but there was no similarity. He was a far, far sicker kid and Brando’s not sick, he’s just troubled.”

Ok there may be no connection but I just thought Dean was probably a 50’s icon to John so there’s perhaps a small chance that John read the quote and took some inspiration.

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