Status Back Baby

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Lyrics

Ooo-Ooo-Ooo etc., etc.,
AH-AH WA WA WA WA WA WA WAH!

I'm losin' status at the high school
I used to think that it was my school . . .
BOW WOW WOW WOW!
I was the king of every school activity
But that's no more... oh mama!
What will come of me?

The other night we painted posters
They played some records by The Coasters
BOW WOW WOW WOW!
A bunch of pom-pom girls looked down their nose at me.
They had painted tons of posters; I had painted three.
I hear the secret whispers everywhere I go
My school spirit is at an all-time low... BLA-A-A-A!

I'm losing status at the high school
I used to think that it was my school...
BOW WOW WOW WOW!
Everyone in town knows I'm a hand-some football star
I sing & dance & spray my hair & drive a shiny car
I'm friendly & I'm charming... I belong to De Molay
I'm gonna try like mad to get my status back today!
Status back baby
Status back baby
Status back baby
Status back baby

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Beat The Boots
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Notes About This Song

  • "Status Back Baby" was originally called "I'm Losing Status At the High School".
  • At the end of the guitar solo it includes a quote from Petrushka (Stravinsky)
  • FZ: "Status Back Baby" is a song about acne America and their daily trials and tribulations. It is unfortunate that many young Americans really do worry about losing status at their high school.
  • This song was written in early 60s as one of the numbers of teenage rock-opera I Was A Teenage Maltshop recorded in 1964 by The Mothers and Captain Beefheart at Studio Z in Cucamonga. The opera's numbers list included:
    • I Was A Teenage Maltshop
    • Ned The Mumbler
    • Ned Has A Brainstorm
    • Status Back Baby

And was never offically released in original format.

CC Clues In This Song

  • Refers to a nose: "A bunch of pom-pom girls looked down their nose at me."