IDIOT'S DELIGHT

Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version


Well I met up with Saint Peter, he was working at the pearly gates
He said I can't let you in now, son, you're going to have to wait
So just sit back and take it easy and kick off both your shoes
And grab yourself a beer while I watch the evening news

Well the jackals leave here laughing as they slip into the night
How did something so beautiful turn into an idiot's delight

He said what makes them all so stupid, well what I cannot tell
Maybe I should go down there and show them just a little hell
How would they get the message, how would anybody learn
Such a mighty effort for such a small return

Now the jackals leave here laughing as they slip into the night
How did something so beautiful turn into an idiot's delight
Idiot's delight
Take it, rhythm! whoa!

Well the jackals leave here laughing as they slip into the night
How did something so beautiful turn into an idiot's delight
Idiot's delight

He said sometimes I get so angry, my blood begins to boil
I must of put my seed into some mutant type of soil
They don't understand a thing and they ain't got no respect
But they sure do keep me laughing man, so what the heck

And the jackals leave here laughing as they slip into the night
How something so beautiful turn into an idiot's delight
Idiot's delight
Idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Idiot's delight, come on, yeah! (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
It's idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Whoa whoa (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Well yeah (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Ha ha ha (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Yeah yeah yeah (hoo-hoo-hoo)
It's idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
It's idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
It's idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Whoa idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Whoa whoa idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Hoo hoo-hoo (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Idiot's delight (hoo-hoo-hoo)
Yeah (hoo-hoo-hoo)


Info

IDIOT'S DELIGHT is a song written by Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen in July 1995, with Springsteen providing most of the music and Grushecky most of the lyrics. The song was released on Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' 1997 album Coming Home. The album also includes three other songs that Grushecky co-wrote with Springsteen: 1945, CHEAP MOTEL, and I'M NOT SLEEPING.

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Coming Home (album cover art)
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Coming Home (album cover art)

The above lyrics are for the original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version of IDIOT'S DELIGHT as released in 1997.

Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen performed IDIOT'S DELIGHT a few times from 1998 onward. See his live 12 Oct 2005 version for more details.

Credits

Thanks Steen Andersson (rosalita101 at Greasy Lake) for the Coming Home album scan. Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics corrections.

Available Versions

List of available versions of IDIOT'S DELIGHT on this website:

IDIOT'S DELIGHT [Live 12 Oct 2005 version]
IDIOT'S DELIGHT [Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version]

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