Uschi's Groove
The Ballistic Brothers Lyrics


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Turn on my V.C.R., same one I've had for years
James Brown on the T. A. M. I. show, same tape I've had for years
I sit in my old car, same one I've had for years
Old battery's running down, it ran for years and years
Turn on the radio, the static hurts my ears
Tell me where would I go, I ain't been out in years
Turn on the stereo, it's played for years and years
An Otis Redding song, it's all I own
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
Plug in my M.C.I. to exercise my brain
Make records on my own, can't go out in the rain
Pick up the telephone, I've listened here for years
No one to talk to me, I've listened here for years
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When I feel lonely here, don't waste my time with tears
I run 'Deep Throat' again, it ran for years and years
Don't like the food I eat, the cans are running out
Same food for years and years, I hate the food I eat
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
Turn on my V.C.R., same one I've had for years




James Brown on the T. A. M. I. show, same tape I've had for years
I sit in my old car, same one I've had for years

Overall Meaning

The Ballistic Brothers's song Uschi's Groove is a melancholic reflection on a life lived in a state of sameness and routine. The song begins with the singer turning on their V.C.R. and watching an old James Brown performance that they've had for years. The repetition of the word "years" highlights the stagnant nature of the singer's life. They sit in their old car with an old battery that's running down, listening to an Otis Redding song on an old stereo that's played for years and years. The singer is stuck in a rut and unable or unwilling to make any changes to their life.


The second verse adds to the despair of the first. The singer plugs in their M.C.I. to exercise their brain and make records on their own, but they can't go out in the rain. They pick up the phone and listen, but there's no one to talk to. They feel lonely and turn to watching "Deep Throat" again, a film that has also been around for years and years. The singer hates the food they eat and everything about their life. The repetition of the phrase "When the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around" emphasizes the singer's resignation to their situation.


Overall, Uschi's Groove is a meditation on the futility of trying to find meaning and purpose in a life that seems to be stuck in a never-ending loop of sameness.


Line by Line Meaning

Turn on my V.C.R., same one I've had for years
The singer is using the same technology that they have had for years and has become comfortable with it.


James Brown on the T. A. M. I. show, same tape I've had for years
The singer is listening to the same tape they have had for years because of its value to them and because it still works.


I sit in my old car, same one I've had for years
The singer has had the same car for years and it is all they know, despite its age and faults.


Old battery's running down, it ran for years and years
The battery in the old car has lasted a long time but it is finally dying out after being dependable for years.


Turn on the radio, the static hurts my ears
The artist wants to hear something new, but the only thing they can find on the radio is static.


Tell me where would I go, I ain't been out in years
The singer has been stuck in the same place for years and does not know where to go or what to do.


Turn on the stereo, it's played for years and years
The singer has been playing the same music for years and it has become a part of their routine and comfort.


An Otis Redding song, it's all I own
The artist only has one record, an Otis Redding song, which they have listened to countless times.


When the world is running down You make the best of what's still around
In a world that is slowly deteriorating, the artist tries to make the most of what they still have, even if it is not much.


Plug in my M.C.I. to exercise my brain
The artist uses their M.C.I. (presumably some kind of recording equipment) to keep themselves mentally stimulated because they can't go out much.


Make records on my own, can't go out in the rain
The singer creates their own music because they can't go out, even when it rains.


Pick up the telephone, I've listened here for years
The artist has spent years listening to the telephone, waiting for someone to call, but no one ever does.


No one to talk to me, I've listened here for years
The singer is lonely and has no one to talk to, despite listening to the telephone for years.


When I feel lonely here, don't waste my time with tears
The singer has grown accustomed to their loneliness and does not see the point of crying about it anymore.


I run 'Deep Throat' again, it ran for years and years
The singer watches 'Deep Throat' (a reference to the infamous porno movie) repeatedly, even though they have seen it many times before.


Don't like the food I eat, the cans are running out
The artist's food supply is dwindling and they do not enjoy what they are eating anymore.


Same food for years and years, I hate the food I eat
The artist has been eating the same food for years and is sick of it, but has no other options.




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