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Bohemiath
Steven Wright Lyrics


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"KBILLY's Super Sounds Of The 70s" continues.
We just heard "The World Is A Ghetto" by War, and
"Billy, Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods.
And if you're the 12th caller, you'll win two tickets to the monster truck extravaganza
Being held tonight at the Carson Fairgrounds,
Featuring Big Daddy Don Bodein's truck, "The Bohemiath".
The 12th caller wins, on the station where the 70s survived,
K. - B. I. L. L. Y.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Steven Wright's "Bohemiath" function as a satirical commentary on the excessive and commercialized culture of the 1970s. The song takes the form of a fictional radio broadcast, with the DJ announcing popular songs of the era and offering prizes to listeners. The references to "The World Is A Ghetto" by War and "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods highlight the common themes of war, violence, and heroism in popular music of the time, which Wright seems to view as somewhat trite or shallow. The prize being offered - tickets to a monster truck extravaganza featuring "The Bohemiath" - serves to emphasize the crassness and spectacle of 70s culture, reducing even a performing arts event to a shallow attraction. Additionally, the use of "KBILLY" as the name of the radio station and the repeated spelling of the letters calls attention to corporate branding and commodification.


In short, "Bohemiath" is a critique of consumerist society and the tendency to reduce art to entertainment. Overall, Steven Wright seems to be using humor and irony to highlight the absurdity of the 70s and the way in which culture reflects and reinforces societal values.


Line by Line Meaning

"KBILLY's Super Sounds Of The 70s" continues.
The radio show called "KBILLY's Super Sounds Of The 70s" is still on the air.


We just heard "The World Is A Ghetto" by War, and "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods.
The previous songs that were played on the show were "The World Is A Ghetto" by War and "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods.


And if you're the 12th caller, you'll win two tickets to the monster truck extravaganza Being held tonight at the Carson Fairgrounds, Featuring Big Daddy Don Bodein's truck, "The Bohemiath".
If you are the twelfth person to call the radio station, you will receive two tickets to a monster truck show taking place that night at the Carson Fairgrounds. The show will include a truck called "The Bohemiath," owned by Big Daddy Don Bodein.


The 12th caller wins, on the station where the 70s survived, K. - B. I. L. L. Y.
Whoever is the twelfth person to call the radio station will win the prize. The radio station's name is KBILLY, which is known for playing music from the 70s and still exists today.




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