Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Song Dedicated to Epistemic Humility

The title I've given this blog is a bit of a long shot, but I wanted an excuse to publish this number, one of my favourites:

You must have seen parties of Blockheads
With blotched and lagered skin
Blockheads with food particles in their teeth
What a horrible state they're in

They've got womanly breasts under pale mauve vests
Shoes like dead pigs' noses
Cornflake packet jacket, catalogue trousers
A mouth what never closes

You must have seen Blockheads in raucous teams
Dressed up after work
Who screw their poor old Eileens
Get sloshed and go berserk

Rotary accessory watches
Hire-purchase signet rings
A beauty to the bully boys
No lonely vestige clings

Why bother at all about Blockheads?
Why shouldn't they do as they please?
You know if it came to a brainy game
You could baffle a Blockhead with ease

How would you like one puffing and blowing in your ear-hole?
Or pissing in your swimming pool?

Bigger brained Blockheads often acquire
Black and orange cars
Premature ejaculation drivers
Their soft-top's got roll-bars

'Fill her up,' they say to Blockheads
'Go on, stick it where it hurts'
Their shapeless haircuts don't enhance
Their ghastly patterned shirts

Why bother at all about Blockheads?
Superior as you are
You're thoughtful and kind with a well-stocked mind
A Blockhead can't think very far

Imagine finding one in your laundry basket
Banging nails in your big black dog

Why bother at all about Blockheads?
Why should you care what they do?
Cos after all is said and done
You're a Blockhead too

(oi oi)
(oi, oi)...

The "mad" guitarist is Wilko Johnson, one of the guitar maestros! 


Anonymous said...

Please find four related references which are very much about epistemic humility


Schrödinger's cat said...

Ian Dury 'The Wordsmith of Our Age'.

The title was fine. You did not need an excuse to publish this anyway.

Ian Dury had sufficient humility not to deny that the final irony revealed in the song would have applied to himself too.

I should hate to think that it did not apply to me.

Coincidentally, I posted this video on yesterday's pages of Britain's main political blog.

Timothy V Reeves said...

Yes great lyrics! So much expressed in so little!

Glad hear that the video is getting a good airing. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to it.

Thanks very much for the visit and comment,

Timothy V Reeves said...

and oh, let's hope the politicians can see the joke!