Private Idaho

Album: Wild Planet (1980)
Charted: 74
  • Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo

    You're living in your own Private Idaho
    Living in your own Private Idaho
    Underground like a wild potato
    Don't go on the patio
    Beware of the pool
    Blue bottomless pool
    It leads you straight, right throught the gate
    That opens on the pool

    You're living in your own Private Idaho
    You're living in your own Private Idaho

    Keep off the path, beware of the gate
    Watch out for signs that say "hidden driveways"
    Don't let the chlorine in your eyes
    Blind you to the awful surprise
    That's been waitin' for you at
    The bottom of the bottomless blue, blue, blue pool

    You're livin' in your own Private Idaho, Idaho
    You're out of control, the rivers that roll
    You fell into the water and down to Idaho
    Get out of that state
    Get out of the state you're in
    You better beware

    You're living in your own Private Idaho
    You're living in your own Private Idaho

    Keep off the patio (your own private Idaho)
    Keep off the path (your own private Idaho)
    The lawn may be green but you better not be seen
    Walkin' through a gate that leads you down
    Down to a pool fraught with danger
    It's a pool full of strangers

    Hey, you're living in your own Private Idaho
    Where do I go from here to a better state than this?
    Don't be blind to the big surprise
    Swimming round and round like the deadly hand
    Of a radium clock
    At the bottom
    Of the pool

    Woah-oh, woah-oh, woah-oh, oh
    Ah, ah, ah, ah
    Ah, ah, ah, ah
    Get out of that state
    Get out of that state
    You're living in your own Private Idaho
    Livin' in your own Private
    Idaho Writer/s: Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Ricky Wilson
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Jeff Truzzi from Missoula MontanaI heard it was inspired by hearing of songwriter Carole King shooing people off of her piece of Idaho property.
  • Sara Brown from BaltimoreI had heard the song was inspired by the Twilight Zone episode "The Bewitchin' Pool"
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenHey, how 'bout a song about a state with crazy LEFT-wingers?

    That repetitious riff heard throughout this always sounded like a new wave homage to "The Twilight Zone" theme to me.
  • Tony from Vancouver BcThe adventure "Your Own Private Idaho" was published by West End Games in 1987 for the roleplaying game "The Price of Freedom" (1986). The B-52s or the song are not credited as the origin or inspiration of the title. "TPoF" was an odd kind of RPG, part parody and part homage of the movie "Red Dawn" (1984). The adventure "Your Own Private Idaho" featured guerilla warfare against Soviet invaders and was set in Idaho.
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