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.


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
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
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)
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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