Bruce Springsteen – 57 Channels (and nothing on) – lyrics about the dumbing down of the media – more is less.


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There used to be a time long ago when there were only two channels and we all watched the same show.

It unified us all. The next day, if there was a good programme, we’d all watched it, discussed it and it became part of the communities culture.

Now we’ve got 5000 channels of utter crap. There’s game-shows and repeats coming out my arse.

Where’s all the thought-provoking documentaries? The great dramas? The brilliant series? – Few and far between. We’re all treated as numpties. Even the films shown are all Hollywood crap. I’m sick of vampires and comic heroes. I want some substance.

You can spend more time flicking through looking for something than actually watching it!

Bruce summed it up for me – 5 million channels and nothing worth seeing!! Who makes all this crap? How do they get it on air?

“57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”

I bought a bourgeois house in the Hollywood hills
With a trunkload of hundred thousand dollar bills
Man came by to hook up my cable TV
We settled in for the night my baby and me
We switched ’round and ’round ’til half-past down
There was fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on

Well now home entertainment was my baby’s wish
So I hopped into town for a satellite dish
I tied it to the top of my Japanese car
I came home and I pointed it out into the stars
A message came back from the great beyond
There’s fifty-seven channnels and nothin’ on

Well we might’ a made some friends with some billionaires
We might’ a got all nice and friendly
If we’d made it upstairs
All I got was a note that said “Bye-bye John
Our love is fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”

So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
‘Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they busted me for disturbin’ the almighty peace
Judge said “What you got in your defense son ?”
“Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on”
I can see by your eyes friend you’re just about gone
Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin’…

5 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen – 57 Channels (and nothing on) – lyrics about the dumbing down of the media – more is less.

    1. Yeah – I’ve got a lot of Bruce. The video is great. He’s one of my favourites.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Best wishes

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