The News Today — Dirty Laundry 1982


So I was driving home the other day and listening to Pandora… and this came on.  I know the song, you might too.  When it came out way back in 1982 I was… well, young. I never really knew what it was about I just liked the music.  It was true then I imagine, and my lord is it true now.  I do remember the news, there were certain newscasters my Grandparents would watch and that was it. The others didn’t tell the news right… see even then it was happening.  The difference I think is in what was on the news then vs now.  You see way back in time the News was followed by a show called “Entertainment Tonight”. If this is how Mr. Henley felt then imagine just how irritated he is now.

 

Dirty Laundry

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 love
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!

Songwriters: DON HENLEY, DANNY KORTCHMAR
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Cass County Music / Wisteria Music / Privet Music
For non-commercial use only.
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