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Song Name: Tunnel of Life

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: DEVO Live 1980

Run Time: less than 2 minutes (segue from Booji Boy's Funeral tour film)

Years Performed: 1980

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh

Sung By: Booji Boy

Alternate Versions: without lyrics, this music is called Booji Boy's Funeral

Demo Versions: None Known

Song Connections: Booji Boy's Funeral (same music)

Trivia / Info:

  • In the Freedom of Choice tour, the performance of this song is preceded by a tour film with General Boy and Booji Boy. The first part is set in a factory, where General Boy accidentally crushes Booji's head in a press, after warning him of the danger. The second half is in the hospital as a nurse unwraps Booji's bandages, revealing his head to be horribly disfigured.

Onstage Behavior:

  • After the Booji Boy's Funeral film clip is played, the music playback continues. Booji appears on stage in a collared raincoat with his mask as it appeared in the clip, turned inside out and smeared with Vaseline. Booji sings lyrics to the audio playback.

Lyrics:

The river of time
conveyed my tunnel of life
yanked me from deep inside
the capsule where I slept
darkness that shrouded me
burst with a sickening light
when I was born
my hands were small
but they grew big
to pick the fruit
that made me think
forget the ways
so I could go
reverse the flow
back where I came from
to the tunnel of life
to the tunnel of life
DEVO
Mark Mothersbaugh | Gerry Casale | Bob Mothersbaugh
Bob Lewis | Bob Casale | Jim Mothersbaugh | Alan Myers
David Kendrick | Josh Freese & Jeff Friedl | Josh Hager
Record Labels / Publishers
Booji Boy Records | Warner Brothers | Enigma | Devo, Inc. 
Stiff | Virgin | Rykodisk | Infinite Zero | Restless | Discovery | Rhino 
MVD Audio | The Orchard | Superior Viaduct | Futurismo
Production
Brian Eno | Ken Scott | Robert Margouleff | Roy Thomas Baker | DEVO 
The Teddybears | Greg Kurstin | Santi White | John King | John Hill | Mark Nishita 
Official Studio Albums
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) | Duty Now For The Future (1979) | Freedom of Choice (1980) | New Traditionalists (1981) | oh, no! it's DEVO (1982) | Shout (1984) | Total DEVO (1988) | SmoothNoodleMaps (1990) | Something for Everybody   (2010)
Other Albums
Be Stiff EP (1977) | E-Z Listening Disc (1987) | Now It Can Be Told: DEVO at the Palace (1989) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 1 74-77 (1990) | Hardcore DEVO Vol. 2 1974-1977 (1991) | DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years (1992) | DEV-O Live (1999) | Recombo DNA (2000) | Live In Central Park (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | New Traditionalists: Live 1981 Seattle (2012) | Something ELSE for Everybody  (2013) | Miracle Witness Hour  (2014) | Live at Max's Kansas City - November 15, 1977  (2014) | Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig  (2014) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
Filmography
The Men Who Make The Music (1981) | Human Highway (1982) | We're All DEVO (1984) | The Complete Truth About De-Evolution (1993) | DEVO Live (2004) | DEVO Live In The Land Of The Rising Sun (2004) | DEVO Live 1980 (2005) | Hardcore DEVO Live!  (2015)
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History | Bootlegs | Booji Boy | Devolution | Influence | The Wipeouters | Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers | Devo 2.0 | Akron, Ohio | Music Videos | Versions | Outfits

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