I look good in a glass-pack, I look good and mean...
I look good in metallic-silk-wraparound-blackout tease...
I scud along the horizon, I drink some sweet tree-tea...
I get high in my low-ass-boot-cut jean, I like being seen...
I look good with my drink-eat-no-sleep-take-a-leap longevity...
I get high on my attitude, latitude 1973, I'm in deep...

My head's on fire and high esteem...
Carry my dead, bored, been there, done that, anything...

Oh, the wake-up bomb!
Oh, the wake-up bomb!
Oh, the wake-up bomb!
Oh, the wake-up bomb!

My head's on fire and high esteem...
Get drunk and sing along to Queen...
Practice my T-Rex moves and make the scene...
Carry my dead, bored, been there, done that, anything...

I had to knock a few buildings over, I make an ugly mess...
I had to blow a gasket, drop transmission, I had to decompress...
I had to write the great american novel, I had a neutron bomb...
I had to teach the world to sing by the age of 21...

I wake up (I wake up...)
I wake up (I wake up...)
I threw up when I saw what I'd done...

Oh, the wake-up bomb!
Oh, the wake-up bomb!

My head's on fire and high esteem...
Get drunk and sing along to Queen...
Practice my T-Rex moves and make the scene... yeah!
I'd rather be anywhere doing anything...

I've had enough, I've seen enough, I've had it all, I'm giving up...
I won the race, I broke the cup, I drank it all, I spit it up...
I've had enough, I've seen enough, I've had it all, I'm giving up...
I won the race, I broke the cup, I drank it all, I spit it up...
Yeah, atomic, supersonic, what a joke! I'm done...
See ya! Don't wanna be you, lunch meat, pond scum...

My head's on fire in high esteem...
Get drunk and sing along to Queen...
Practice my T-Rex moves and make the scene... yeah!
I'd rather be anywhere doing anything... yeah!
I'd rather be anywhere doing anything... yeah!
I'd rather be anywhere doing anything... yeah!


In "The wake-up bomb" si citano due gruppi glamour nati all'inizio degli anni '70: i famosissimi Queen ed i meno famosi (in Europa) T-Rex. C'Ŕ anche un gioco di parole nella frase "I had to teach the world to sing by the age of 21". "I'd like to teach the world to sing" era lo slogan della Coca-Cola negli anni '70 che Michael rivolge ironicamente a se stesso. Quando i R.E.M. cominciarono a suonare lui aveva 21 anni.