Eat Your Dirty Laundry

I heard this song on the radio today.

It’s over 25 years old and has only become more relevant (and disturbing) since its release. You can’t say that about every song that came out in 1982.

I make my living off the evening news
just give me something, something I can use
people love it when you lose
they love dirty laundry

well I coulda been an actor
but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
come and whisper in my ear
give us dirty laundry

kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em when they’re down
kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em when they’re down
kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em when they’re down
kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em all around

we got the bubble-headed bleach-blonde who
comes on at five
she can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
it’s interesting when people die
give us dirty laundry

can we film the operation?
is the head dead yet?
you know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet
get the widow on the set
we need dirty laundry

you don’t really need to find out what’s going on
you don’t really want to know just how far it’s gone
just leave well enough alone
eat your dirty laundry

kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em when they’re down
kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em when they’re down
kick ’em when they’re up
kick ’em when they’re down
kick ’em when they’re stiff
kick ’em all around

dirty little secrets
dirty little lies
we got our dirty little fingers in everybody’s pie
we love to cut you down to size
we love dirty laundry

we can do the innuendo
we can dance and sing
when it’s said and done we haven’t told you a thing
we all know that crap is king
give us dirty laundry

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