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63 S. Cal. L. Rev. 777 (1989-1990)
Modern-Day Sirens: Rock Lyrics and the First Amendment

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Modern-Day Sirens: Rock Lyrics and
the First Amendment
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions ....
-Lillian Hellman1
I pushed B-52 and bombed 'em with the blues ....
-Bruce Springsteen2
On October 26, 1984, John D. McCollum committed suicide while
lying on his bed and listening to his stereo.3 When he died, John was
listening through headphones to the music of Ozzy Osbourne.4 He had
spent the better part of the day listening to various Ozzy Osbourne songs,
including one called Suicide Solution.5 The estate of John McCollum
1. L. HELLMAN, SCOUNDREL TIME 90 (1976) (letter to the House Un-American Activities
2. Springsteen, Growin' Up, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973).
3. Osbourne song blamed in teen's suicide, NEWSDAY, Jan. 14, 1986, at 9.
4. Ozzy Osbourne is the stage name of musician John Osbourne. Future references will be
to Ozzy Osbourne.
5. The song Suicide Solution appears on Ozzy Osbourne's album titled Blizzard of Oz and
is reprinted below in an effort to familiarize the reader with the song:
Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker
Suicide is slow with liquor
Take a bottle drown your sorrows
Then it floods away tomorrows
Evil thoughts and evil doings
Cold, alone you hand in ruins
Thought that you'd escape the reaper
You can't escape the Master Keeper
Cause you feel life's unreal and you're living a lie
Such a shame who's to blame and you're wondering why
Then you ask from your cask is there life after birth
What you sow can mean Hell on this earth
Now you live inside a bottle
The reaper's travelling at full throttle
It's catching you but you don't see
The reaper is you and the reaper is me
Breaking law, knocking doors

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