Bob Dylan - "Clean Cut Kid" lyrics

by Bob Dylan
Everybody wants to know why he couldn't adjust

Adjust to what, a dream that bust'

He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him,
That's what they did

They said what's up is down, they said what isn't is

They put ideas in his head he thought were his
He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him,
That's what they did

He was on the baseball team, he was in the marching band
When he was ten years old he had a watermelon stand

He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him,
That's what they did

He went to church on Sunday, he was a Boy Scout
For his friends he would turn his pockets inside out

But they made a killer out of him,
He was a clean-cut kid
That's what they did

They sent him to a napalm health spa to shape up

They said, "Listen boy, you're just a pup"
They gave him dope to smoke, drinks and pills,
A jeep to drive, blood to spill

They sent him back into the rat race without any brakes
They said "Congratulations, you got what it takes"

He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him,
That's what they did

He bought the American dream but it put him in debt
The only game he could play was Russian roulette

Ate Burger Kings, he was well fed
He drank Coca-Cola, he was eating Wonder Bread,

He stole a Rolls Royce and drove it in a swimming pool

He went to Hollywood to see Peter O'Toole
They took a clean-cut kid
That's what they did
And they made a killer out of him,

He could've sold insurance, owned a restaurant or bar
Could've been an accountant or a tennis star
He was wearing boxing gloves, took a dive one day

Off the Golden Gate Bridge into China Bay

His mama walks the floor, his daddy weeps and moans
They gotta sleep together in a home they don't own

They took a clean-cut kid
And they made a killer out of him,
That's what they did

Well, everybody's asking why he couldn't adjust

All he ever wanted was somebody to trust
They took his head and turned it inside out
He never did know what it was all about

He had a steady job, he joined the choir
He never did plan to walk the high wire

They took a clean-cut kid
And they made a killer out of him,
That's what they did