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Hey Mister – Henry Ate

Hey Mister – Henry Ate

Henry Ate - Slap In The Face

Henry Ate – Slap In The Face

‘Hey Mister’ was one of the early songs that attracted attention to Henry Ate and in particular the lovely voice of Karma-Ann Swanepoel. Taken from the band’s debut album ‘Slap In The Face’, the song was used in a film called ‘Sexy Girl’ and was a firm favourite at live shows.

The subject matter of the song is a little disturbing particularly the line “Mister I’m on the run pass the gun/For I think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind”.  This seriousness of lyric is offset by a cheerful tune in a similar manner to The Smith’s ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’ which is a jaunty song about a sad subject. However reading the rest of the lyrics of ‘Hey Mister’ it does seem to be a metaphorical gun that Karma is talking about, something that can trigger a change of experiences in life and seeing things from a different viewpoint.

The song not only showcases the pure sweetness of Karma’s voice and her ear for a catchy tune, it also showed a maturity in her song writing that was quite remarkable for someone in their early twenties.

Where to find it:
Slap In The Face – Henry Ate, Tic Tic Bang, (1996), BANGCD024

Video:
http://www.myspace.com/video/henry-ate/henry-ate-hey-mister/6999002

Lyrics:
Hey mister in that skirt could you be giving me directions
I’m trying to find a place where I would be guaranteed to lose my mind
By the looks of you, you’ve been there a few times
And in the morning we will exchange clothes
Pretend that we’re married, experience each other’s roles
Take what we can lie back relax, watch the sky evaporate
If I hallucinate we will call it escaping

For I think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind
No I, think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind
Hey

Hey mister don’t you know you have got quite nice legs
Try wearing something a little more suited to your sex
Maybe a suit something with less lace
And later we will go on to my place

Cause I’ve been driving so damn long
And God only knows where I thought I was going
Or coming from
Mister I’m on the run pass the gun

For I think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind
No I, think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind
Hey
No I

Hey mister in that skirt could you be giving me directions
I’m trying to find a place where I would be guaranteed to lose my mind
By the looks of you
Cause I’ve been driving so damn long
And God only knows where I thought I was going or coming from
Mister I’m on the run
Pass the gun, pass the gun, pass the gun, pass the gun

For I think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind
No I, think it’s ’bout time I blew my mind

(Written by Karma-Ann Swanepoel)

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