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“Brother 52”
Artist: Fish
Albums: Sunsets on Empire (1997)
Kettle of Fish (88-98) (1998)
Sashimi: Live in Poznan, Poland 1999 (2001)
Fellini Nights (2002)
Bouillabaisse (2005)

Full version

Tattoo shop
Hi, Doc
Hey Fish, what are you doin'?

If you don't mind, we're gonna record this
Is that cool?

Oh that's cooler 'n hell
Hell yeah
Fifty-two's biggest dream man
You know his biggest dream was
Me and him go party with you


On the trail of torn out twisters
Two angels on a mission came
Dust devils danced before them
In the path of the hurricane

On the road to Oklahoma
Through the flatlands from L.A.
From the shadows in the valley
From a country where the lizards play

While they drove they kept the radio on
Why don't you sing along, sing along, sing along?

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
I don't think so

A man stands behind his shadow
A man stands behind his words
These men are together with family
To defend their rights in another man's world

Most people stood against them
Most people disagreed
With the need for all those weapons
In our safe, secure society

Paint the words and the pictures on another man's skin
We are lovers, warriors, magician kings
Brother fifty-two

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Well I don't think so
I don't think so

Fuckin' brilliant man
Ha ha ha ha
Okay er, here's what happened

Fifty-two barred the door shut from the inside
A gunfight started on the front porch
Fifty-two shot back

Now all they come into his home with it
So he's protecting himself
Er the guy inside the house
Er blew his brains out

Yeah, yes they made it look like he killed himself
But, no one believes he would
'Cause he's not that kind of man
That's all
I think, he wasn't afraid of death you know
He believed in something he'd've died for it
That's what he did


Some say he had it coming
Others say he was sole to blame
But who says they've got the right
If any at all to blow their brothers away

A man's got a right to wonder
A man's got a right to dream
Without him looking over his shoulder
To choose the manner of the life he leads

One man's thoughts on another man's skin
We are lovers, warriors, magician kings
Brother fifty-two

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
I don't think so

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
(We don't think so)

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
I don't think so (We don't think so)

What they have done
Was they've come in and murdered him
For his bombs and his ammunition

Er just like that Waco Texas
Or any of these other things
Over here in the United States

Anybody that's stockpiling firearms and ammunition
Er is a threat to the government
So the government
Wages war against us

They tortured him
Er he went out
Er I'm sure he stood up
Like like he was supposed to do, you know?

They smashed all the rings
Shut on his fingers with a hammer
It was all an orchestrated plan, man

The more the closer I was getting to it to the truth
The more they got everybody looking at me
As being the guy that pulled the trigger

And what they did when they
When they killed fifty-two
Is they broke the whole family up
That's exactly what they wanted to do
They wanted to break all of us up


Edited version

Tattoo shop
Hi, Doc
Hey Fish, what are you doin'?
If you don't mind, we're gonna record this
Is that cool?
Hell yeah
Fifty-two's biggest dream man
You know his biggest dream was
Me and him go party with you


On the trail of torn out twisters
Two angels on a mission came
Dust devils danced before them
In the path of the hurricane

On the road to Oklahoma
Through the flatlands from L.A.
From the shadows in the valley
From a country where the lizards play

While they drove they kept the radio on
Why don't you sing along, sing along, sing along?

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
I don't think so

A man stands behind his shadow
A man stands behind his words
These men are together with family
To defend their rights in another man's world

Most people stood against them
Most people disagreed
With the need for all those weapons
In our safe, secure society

Paint the words and the pictures on another man's skin
We are lovers, warriors, magician kings
Brother fifty-two

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Well I don't think so
I don't think so

Brilliant man
Ha ha ha ha
Okay er, here's what happened

Fifty-two barred the door shut from the inside
A gunfight started on the front porch
Fifty-two shot back

Now all they come into his home with it
So he's protecting himself
Er the guy inside the house
Er blew his brains out


Some say he had it coming
Others say he was sole to blame
But who says they've got the right
If any at all to blow their brothers away

A man's got a right to wonder
A man's got a right to dream
Without him looking over his shoulder
To choose the manner of the life he leads

One man's thoughts on another man's skin
We are lovers, warriors, magician kings
Brother fifty-two

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
(We don't think so)

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
I don't think so (We don't think so)

When they killed fifty-two
They broke the whole family up
That's exactly what they wanted to do
They wanted to break all of us up


Live version (Poznan 1999)

Tattoo shop
Hi, Doc
Hey Fish, what are you doin'?

On the trail of torn out twisters
Two angels on a mission came
Dust devils danced before them
In the path of the hurricane

On the road to Oklahoma
Through the flatlands from L.A.
From the shadows in the valley
From a country where the lizards play

While they drove they kept the radio on
Why don't you sing along, sing along, sing along?

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Well I don't think so
No no

A man stands behind his shadow
A man stands behind his words
These men are together with family
To defend their rights in another man's world

Most people stood against them
Most people disagreed
With the need for all those weapons
In our safe, secure society

Paint the words and the pictures on another man's skin
We are lovers, warriors, magician kings

Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Well I don't think so
No no
I don't think so
No no no-no no-no no no

Fuckin' brilliant man
Ha ha ha ha
Okay er, here's what happened

Fifty-two barred the door shut from the inside
A gunfight started on the front porch
Fifty-two shot back

Now they come into his home with it
So he's protecting himself
Er the guy inside the house
Er blew his brains out

Yeah, they made it look like he killed himself
But no-one believes he would
'Cause he's not that kind of man
That's all

I mean he wasn't afraid of death
You know, he believed in something to die for
That's what he did


Some say he had it coming
Others say he was sole to blame
But who says they've got the right
If any at all to blow their brothers away

A man got a right to wonder
A man got a right to dream
Without looking over his shoulder
To choose the manner of the life he leads

One man's thoughts on another man's skin
We are lovers, warriors, magician kings (yeah)

Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
(We don't think so)

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Well I don't think so (We don't think so)
No no

I don't think so
I don't think so
No no no
No no no

What they have done
Was they've come in and murdered him
For his bombs and his ammunition

Er just like that Waco Texas
Or any of these other things
Over here in the United States

Anybody that's stockpiling firearms and ammunition
Er is a threat to the government
So the government
Wages war against us

They tortured him
Er he went out
Er I'm sure he stood up
Like like he was supposed to do, you know?

They smashed all the rings
Shut on his fingers with a hammer
It was all an orchestrated plan, man

The more the closer I was getting to it to the truth
The more they got everybody looking at me
As being the guy that pulled the trigger

And what they did when they
When they killed fifty-two
Is they broke the whole family up


I don't think so
Ah yeah
I don't think so

That's exactly what they wanted to do
They wanted to break all of us up


No-no no no no-no no no

Thank you

Hi there


Live version (Fellini Nights: 2001)

On the trail of torn out twisters
Two angels on a mission came
Dust devils danced before them
In the path of the hurricane

On the road to Oklahoma
Through the flatlands from L.A.
From the shadows in the valley
From a country where the lizards play

While they drove they kept the radio on
Why don't you sing along, sing along, sing along?

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
(Brother fifty-two)
Well I don't think so
No no

A man stands behind his shadow
A man stands behind his words
These men are together with family
To defend their rights in another man's world

Most people stood against them
Most people disagreed
With the need for all those weapons
In our safe, secure society

Paint the words and the pictures on another man's skin
Lovers, warriors, magician kings
(Brother fifty-two)

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Well I don't think so
No no
I don't think so
No-no no no no-no no no

Paradiso, come on
Go go go


A man stands behind his shadow
A man stands behind his words
These men are together with family
To defend their rights in another man's world

Most people stood against them
Most people disagreed
With the need for all those weapons
In our safe, secure society

One man's words on another man's skin
Lovers, warriors, magician kings

Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Tattoo, tattoo, tattoo, tattoo
Brother fifty-two
No I don't think so
No no
I don't think so
I don't think so so so so so

I don't think so
I don't think so so so so so
No-no no no no-no no no