The Auteurs’ “Junk Shop Clothes”

When I was working at SPIN magazine in 1996, I found this tape (yes, a cassette tape) on the free table and listened to it until it wore out. For some reason I didn’t take offense, even though I wore nothing but junk shop clothes. 

Here are the lyrics:

Junk shop clothes
Will get you nowhere
They're out of season
It's betrayal with no treason
Junk shop clothes
Will get you...
There is one reason why
Your mother was a seamstress
Chaim Soutine never spent
A thrift shop dime
In his life
Lenny Bruce never walked
In a dead man's shoes
Even for one night
Junk shop shoes
Will get you nowhere
No summer pavilion
No shooting season
Junk shop clothes
Will get you...
For the rest of your life
And the sun never shone
On your frame pale and wan
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