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The Lyrics To Judy Is A Punk Without Research

Jackie’s a drunk
Judy’s a runk
They bobo fall-a wall-a with the SPA


And Oh I don’t know why
Oh, I don’t know why
Why’d you die?
(Oh, yeah)
Why’d you die?

Second verse, same as the first

Jackie’s a drunk
Judy’s a runk
They bobo fall-a wall-a with the SPA



Third verse, different from the first

Jackie’s a monk
Judy is a skunk
They both wannaga Frisco joined the FLA



I’ve been listening to this song since I’m 14 years old, and never known what the fuck Joey was talking about. I know the sounds he’s making, but the words? Not a prayer.

Now: go listen to the song and try to decipher that third line. (The tune’s a minute-and-a-half, so you definitely have time in your day.) Write down what you think it is. (WARNING! Don’t go to YouTube because the lyrics are printed right under the video.)

Did you get it? Try again. Try a million fucking times. You’ll never guess; I certainly didn’t.



Some people enjoy mystery’s warmth to the chill of naked fact, and if you’re one: leave now.

Okee-doke, here’s the whole first verse:

Jackie is a punk
Judy is a runt
They both went down to Berlin, joined the Ice Capades

I swear those are the real words that Joey is singing. Listen again knowing what they are.

Now you can hear it, right?


  • What the fuck does that even mean?
  • How does someone from Queens pronounce “Ice Capades” like that? (I actually know. Joey Ramone’s accent is perfectly decipherable. His normal speaking voice was a thick, nasal, glottal, consonant-swallowing Queens accent, but he imitated the British punks Glam rockers when he sang. If Mike Francesca did an impression of Joe Strummer Ian Hunter, it would sound the same.)


  1. The Central Shaft

    August 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    They both went a la feelin down an Oscar vice (?)

  2. Joey may have been imitating British singers, but it wasn’t British punk singers. The Ramones’ self-titled album was recorded in January of ’76 – one can assume “Judy Is A Punk” was written in ’75 at least – and the first UK punk single (The Damned’s “New Rose”) didn’t come out until October of the same year.

  3. don’t fuck with the Ramones.

  4. I know the whole “misheard lyrics” is a whole thing…
    But I swear (maybe swore) in Rolling Stones Beast of Burden, that Mick slurs “Honestly Nurse I could suck a duck…”

    Which I later found to be “All the sickness I could suck it up”

    But I like mine better.

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