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Ramones — I Wanna Be Sedated
Album: Road To Ruin
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Released: 1978
Length: 2:28
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, nowhere to go-ho
I wanna be sedated

Just get me to the airport, and put me on a plane
Hurry, hurry, hurry, before I go insane
I can't control my fingers, I can't control my brain
Oh, no, oh, oh, oh, ho

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, nowhere to go-ho
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, and get me on a plane
Hurry, hurry, hurry, before I go insane
I can't control my fingers, I can't control my brain
Oh, no, oh, oh, oh, ho

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, nowhere to go go-ho
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, and get me to the show
Hurry, hurry, hurry, before I go loco
I can't control my fingers, I can't control my toes
Oh, no, oh, oh, oh, ho

Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours to go
I wanna be sedated
Nothing to do, nowhere to go go-ho
I wanna be sedated

Just put me in a wheelchair, and get me to the show
Hurry, hurry, hurry, before I go loco
I can't control my fingers, I can't control my toes
Oh, no, oh, oh, oh, ho

Bah bah ba-bah, ba-bah bah ba-bah, I wanna be sedated
Bah bah ba-bah, ba-bah bah ba-bah, I wanna be sedated
Bah bah ba-bah, ba-bah bah ba-bah, I wanna be sedated
Bah bah ba-bah, ba-bah bah ba-bah, I wanna be sedated
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Check out the Sedated by Young at Heart video on You Tube
 jp33442 wrote:

Nobody cares what you think
 

I got in trouble from the grandparents in-law for teaching this song to my (at the time) 3 year old grandson.  Sheesh they didn't understand it's about a guy afraid to get on a plane.  Anyway, he survived and will be 18 in january.
The Clash then the Ramones!!!!
One of the best album covers of all time. It got me to buy it when it came out.
Friends of mine are in a barbershop quartet called FRED, and a while back they performed this song on a Penn and Teller show. You gotta admit, that's weird.
 meatmike wrote:
 
 
Yeah, he told me alright. Just my opinion. Opinions are like a-holes, you all are one.
The ramones were a fabulous group, their words seem simple and without culture but actually they are a plea for the American subculture of comics, bars and rock. Pure and brilliant classics.
 countyman wrote:
The definition of an over rated band..
 


Bah bah ba-bah, ba-bah bah ba-bah!


 jp33442 wrote:

Nobody cares what you think
 
You tell 'em.
Graduated college to this. Later, hitting recovery from booze and drugs in ‘84 went to my first “sober dance” (every one there straight and CRAZY), this came on and we almost tore down the church where they held the dance. The energy was palpable!!!
For me it was a pretty lame day today - and then Bill played this! 
 countyman wrote:
The definition of an over rated band..
 
Nobody cares what you think
The definition of an over rated band..
Road To Ruin is one of the best album covers of all time. I was a little kid looking through the LPs at Woolco dept store and saw it... HAD to buy it. 
I do also for my wife ( could be taken wrong )
I am not anesthesiologist, you would think by 62 I would grow up.


 
mojcamojca77 wrote:


I use this as my ringtone. I'm an anesthesiologist.

{#Bounce}always when I hear this song I remember your comment.
 
The first concert I ever went to was The Ramones and The Forgotten Rebels at my local arena. I was in Grade 9. I hadn't a clue who I was seeing. Imagine. 
 maboleth wrote:
So dated... worn out and boring.
 

Wrong Bucko, this here is a classic!

I WOULD prefer some other cuts from the boys though...
Johnny smiled...ONCE!!!!!


Trouser Press (I still have this one)
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
I use this as my ringtone. I'm an anesthesiologist.

 
{#Bounce}always when I hear this song I remember your comment.
So dated... worn out and boring.
Image result for new york rocker magazine covers
Hey Johnny, Hey Dee Dee!
Little Tommy, Joey.
Hope you guys are still rockin' SOMEWHERE!
 Skydog wrote:
I don't have any Ramones albums but every time they come on the radio I crank it up

 
You should really change that.  Start with the "Leave Home" reissue.  It's still got their great early sound, and all the great songs from the 1st album tacked on at the end in a live concert, which is the way they should be heard...as fast & furious as possible!
This was probably their most-fun (and most "radio-friendly") song they ever recorded, and yet it was still shunned by radio programmers.

Too bad it took 20 years before it caught on with the masses, but by then, it was too late to save the band.
I don't have any Ramones albums but every time they come on the radio I crank it up
This is in my lineup to play once I'm settled on board a flight.{#Bananajam}
"Johnny was a conservative and Joey was a liberal Democrat and I'm a Democrat"

Marky Ramone: We Were Punk Brothers But Political Enemies 
Maybe its the time it represents, but I just tripped over the carpet and smashed my knee running to turn the volume to 11!
Thank you RP!!! 
 1wolfy wrote:
I think that you are the nutty one for letting someones shallow comment send you into such a manic frenzy !! GET A GRIP   

Totally agree! I like reading and posting on this site, even if I feel that some of the stuff is rubbish that I disagree with (as in below72’s post). I believe however that even the idiots are entitled to their opinions and as long as they aren’t nasty they shouldn't be insulted for them. Lets all self-moderate and avoid abusive comments as I’d hate to see this site descend into some of the vileness you see in other less enlightened areas of social media.


I think that you are the nutty one for letting someones shallow comment send you into such a manic frenzy !! GET A GRIP  VH1 wrote:

It's people like you and this way of thinking which is responsible for all the wars and hatred in this world...
Shame you are such a jealous, bitter and intolerant freak. Your life must really suck, Dude.

Why don't you go and polish your Donald Trump posters? I am sure he'll sort you out good when idiots like you votet him to be president!

Yeah, and that's the end then of Ramones being played on the radio, right, those longhaired no good drug users!

I see dead people everwhere too who do not know there dead. Your are one of them!

{#Iamwithstupid} {#Frustrated}{#Beat}{#Ass}{#Fire}{#Taped-shut}{#Devil_pimp}

 

 

Oh the polarity! (In these comments, that is.) Me? I like it. Head's a-bobbin' here. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 SeriousLee wrote:
I appreciate their place in musical history, but....

 
but...  Why don't we hear more Ramones on RP. GABBA GABBA HEY! {#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
I appreciate their place in musical history, but....
Yes, I wish I could still be sedated, but those days are gone. And I'm still alive and well (Johnny Winter).

Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind. 
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!


Proclivities wrote:

It's interesting that you quote a meagerly-talented, money-and-drug-grubbing, corporate-rock hack like Don Henley.  To each his own.
 
Maybe so about Henley. Nonetheless, the song you quote is quite a good, a very thoughtful and an ever-relevant song. No hackdom there.
 Proclivities wrote:

It's interesting that you quote a meagerly-talented, money-and-drug-grubbing, corporate-rock hack like Don Henley.  

 

Exactly.


GOOD ROCK-N-ROLL MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stones 'Rocks Off' now this{#Dancingbanana_2} 
.
(now if we can get Bill to play stuff like this on Fri & Sat nites) 
 below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind.
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!

 
It's people like you and this way of thinking which is responsible for all the wars and hatred in this world...

Zero tolerance for others and other lifestyles, other cultures. Only the own way of thinking is right, right. 

What is stupid here is you, that you not only think this way, but also feel compelled to share this stupid thoughts with us.

It is everyones perogative to listen to and like and find good and appreciate WHATEVER THEY WANT!
And it is not you place to "forbit" this or call it madness.

But if it is madness, then I am rather mad than a stupid fool like you!

There are a lot of bands, even nowadays who cannot sing, write or play, and still make bucketloads of money.

And good for them, I say.

Shame you are such a jealous, bitter and intolerant freak. Your life must really suck, Dude.

Why don't you go and polish your Donald Trump posters? I am sure he'll sort you out good when idiots like you votet him to be president!

Yeah, and that's the end then of Ramones being played on the radio, right, those longhaired no good drug users!

I see dead people everwhere too who do not know there dead. Your are one of them!

{#Iamwithstupid} {#Frustrated}{#Beat}{#Ass}{#Fire}{#Taped-shut}{#Devil_pimp}

 
  below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind. 
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!


Proclivities wrote:

It's interesting that you quote a meagerly-talented, money-and-drug-grubbing, corporate-rock hack like Don Henley.  To each his own.

 
well said Proc
 below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind.
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!

 
It's interesting that you quote a meagerly-talented, money-and-drug-grubbing, corporate-rock hack like Don Henley.  To each his own.
 below72 wrote:
They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, ...
 
So who's performing this song, then, and who wrote it?
 below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind.
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!

 
I hear that. 
Still, da Ramones were fun. NYC CBGB would not have been the same without them. (I wouldn't know, personally, though, I was in school in Boston at the Rathskeller and thereabouts.) 
A word to your lyrics. One of my fav Eagle songs, and one of my fav songs about social justice and human ethics, or lack thereof. 
One comma in, or out, makes a big big difference.

Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em

Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus people bought 'em

 
Hard to believe this came out when I graduated from high school.  I was ignorant of them at the time. 

This song is timeless!
 below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  

I think you’ll find this type of thing is called ‘rock n roll’. Perhaps you would be more confortable with an ‘easy listening’ station.



They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...
 
Well, that ticks all my boxes then....
So the playlist says:

Gene Vincent    Be Bop a Lula
Stray Cats        Rock this Town
Dick Dale         Night Rider
Ramones         Wanna be Sedated
Reminds me why I love RP!!! 

I guess you don't dance ever.
 

below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind.
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!

 


The greatest! Ever! Gabba Gabba Hey!
 Its timeless, and now I enjoy this with my 3 girls, music way to loud and they think I am mad.  Music is great for taking you to places and great memories.
melzabutch wrote:



 

 below72 wrote:
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind.
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!

 
Jealous much?
This guys must have worked in an open office with partitions.   
Stupid is what stupid does.  They couldn't play, they couldn't sing, they couldn't write, scooped up whatever drugs they could find...and millions of idiots listened to these fools.  Like Don Henley said: Some rich men came and raped the land, Nobody caught 'em - Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus, people bought 'em - And they called it paradise (The Last Resort)
In short - this band totally sucked wind.
Bill..Just STOP the madness. I see dead people everywhere...and they don't even know they're dead!
 ottovonb wrote:
I dunno what it was, maybe 1979 or something like that. We go to some divey joint called the "The Dome Shadows" because it was, you know, a few blocks from the old Astrodome in Houston. Honestly as a die hard ZZ Top, Zeppelin Etc fan I wasn't expecting much from some  sketchy looking "punk" rockers or whatever. But god almighty The Ramones just absolutely tore up that little stage up for an hour that night. It was manic…of course. I've been in love with them ever since. Thanks boys. You were, are, and will always be epic.

 
!!! that's good one man, cheers!!!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I saw the Ramones in the Ulster Hall Belfast in 1978 (or was it 1979) and I am nearly sure they sang this song.  They looked and sounded exactly like I had seen them on TV - just fantastic.  I can still picture Joey Ramone leaning forward singing in his trademark stance with his tinted glasses. Great fun and and great memories.

 

Gone but not forgotten


Gung-ho is a sweetz made Loco Motive
And another sedated hobo sapiens at Notre-Dome metro station
Clearly trying to turn this show clockwise.
OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!{#Bananajam}
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
I use this as my ringtone. I'm an anesthesiologist.

 
{#Roflol} really funny
Most Excellent! Bang head repeat...
Great set covering many moons.  Thanks, Bill.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
I use this as my ringtone. I'm an anesthesiologist.

 
Genius!

and funny (even if you are not an atheist)


 chyk5 wrote:
This song always reminds me of Thanksgiving with the family.

 
Cool family.

Are they "living here in Queens. Eating refried beans. Gulping down thorazines"  As in "We're a Happy Family" 
When you are All Shook Up, you just Wanna Be Sedated.  

Ramones — I Wanna Be Sedated 
I dunno what it was, maybe 1979 or something like that. We go to some divey joint called the "The Dome Shadows" because it was, you know, a few blocks from the old Astrodome in Houston. Honestly as a die hard ZZ Top, Zeppelin Etc fan I wasn't expecting much from some  sketchy looking "punk" rockers or whatever. But god almighty The Ramones just absolutely tore up that little stage up for an hour that night. It was manic…of course. I've been in love with them ever since. Thanks boys. You were, are, and will always be epic.
I heard the band wrote this song while being stranded in London on Christmas Eve. Everything was closed and they couldn't get a flight back to the U.S. for another 24 hours so they were stuck with nothing to do, nowhere to go-ho.  
This song always reminds me of Thanksgiving with the family.
I too wish for sedation.
 dingusbother wrote:
Elvis to Ramones??    Genius!!

 
Bill just pulled off Dick Dale to Ramones.  Also genius!!!

had to wait for the song to be over so i could control my fingers and toes enough to type that
I saw the Ramones in the Ulster Hall Belfast in 1978 (or was it 1979) and I am nearly sure they sang this song.  They looked and sounded exactly like I had seen them on TV - just fantastic.  I can still picture Joey Ramone leaning forward singing in his trademark stance with his tinted glasses. Great fun and and great memories.
 ottovonb wrote:
Pure joy - forever.

 
And EVER! :D
Ramones....keep it rockin'.
Or a Saturday morning in T.O. !
 

msymmes wrote:
Or a Wednesday at noon in Toronto !

 

msymmes wrote:
I'll take the Ramones on a Monday night too {#Dancingbanana}

 

 


In 1981 there was a guy on my college freshman hall that played this everyday at the end of classes.  I couldn't stand listening to the song for the longest time.  But with a little time and separation, I feel that exuberant joy.  Love hearing this song again!
Pure joy - forever.
 hayduke2 wrote:

This buck-ass gypsy Thanks You Lazarus, for the poetry you share!  Peace and Love
 
Thank you so much hayduke2!  We be dancing in my discothèque churches...  love this song...
pogo-ing!!!!!
Intro sounds like Sex pistols awsm version of 'roadrunner' x2, or the other way around.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl-y6rLj58Q

Recently read this this book—what a quick, fun read.  It's several years old now, but besides Johnny dying, nothing has really changed since it came out.  Monte always had their backs.

See if you can locate one through your local library if you're a fan and can't find one in a store.  You'll plow through it in lightning speed, just like The Ramones did when they covered "Let's Dance" 38 YEARS AGO!

On the Road with the Ramones


I do love the Ramones
Everybody in my library is dancing too : the "Ramones'effect".
Threatening rain on SoCal today, but, Damn, who cares!!!
They had a zillion songs which were quite similar, but damn, they were fun.  Please add some more of them to the RP playlist.  How 'bout for Commando for starters?
way overplayed. 

PSD. 
Great segue!  - Gene Vincent -> Ramones
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

  
Perhaps if Selkirk Parish church had been more like your church I wouldn’t have stopped going after I grew up.


 Lazarus wrote:


We miss you so much, Cynaera...  I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

love this song...
 

 
This buck-ass gypsy Thanks You Lazarus, for the poetry you share!  Peace and Love
 DaMoGan wrote:

Man Romeo, that is one heck of a church! {#Angel}
 

Thank you!  Hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute...

we be dancing...  love this song...
 
I use this as my ringtone. I'm an anesthesiologist.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
Man Romeo, that is one heck of a church! {#Angel}

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
The Ramones could give a master class on how to get into a song, knock your socks off, and get out. So sweet and tight.
 Every time this comes on I have to stop what I'm doing and sing!  Love it.

Back in the day the delivery of Ramones songs felt like a million miles an hour frantic. It doesn’t feel as wild today but I’m not as wild as I was in the 70’s either.

Such is life!


Godlike. I really miss the boys... 
Or a Wednesday at noon in Toronto !

 

msymmes wrote:
I'll take the Ramones on a Monday night too {#Dancingbanana}

 



love this song...

reminds me of this poem—

next to of course god
by e.e. cummings

“next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims’ and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn’s early my
country ’tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?”

He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water

 
I miss the Ramones desperately.
 

love this song...  reminds me of this poem—

SPRING, 2012
by David Bottoms

I rub my eyes. The world is still green—
a lime dust coating the porch tiles, rocking chairs, patio, yard,

delicate as a mourning veil.

A green finch dances between the bird feeders.
I can't breathe, my eyes water. My friend can't breathe, either.

She's lost her son to an I.E.D. No details yet. Routine patrol
around a dusty village far away.

Tea waits on the table between us, and two blueberry scones.
Impossible, of course, to talk about loneliness

or changing our lives. Rain today, then a cooling.
In a week or so, dogwoods flowering along the back fence.

After that, maple sap staining the hoods of our cars.

 
Just what I needed for today!!! I too want to be sedated!  {#Drunk}
Elvis to Ramones??    Genius!!
 Biscobret wrote:
Amazing that what was once so punk is now being played on an (arguably) "EZ Listening" station.

How time changes everything!

{#Dancingbanana_2}

 
I was about to say...this sounds pretty cheery these days. Something you'd hear in a commercial. I like this poppier side of the Ramones. My brother used to play one of their albums over and over and some of their songs lost their flavor real fast. 
 Cynaera wrote:
I had made up my mind that today, Friday, I would NOT be depressed. And then this played, and I raised my eyes skyward and thanked the powers that be for the one song that could guarantee my good mood.

Gotta go now - I owe romeotuma a dance! {#Dancingbanana}
 

We miss you so much, Cynaera...  I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...

love this song...
 
Amazing that what was once so punk is now being played on an (arguably) "EZ Listening" station.

How time changes everything!

{#Dancingbanana_2}
Yeah baby!!
love it, I should hate it, but I love everything the Ramones do. 
I'll take the Ramones on a Monday night too {#Dancingbanana}
Always a classic.  And yes I DO want to be sedated about now. 
It's Saturday again !!!!

 
msymmes wrote:
And on a Saturday morning.  Awesome...

msymmes wrote:
{#Dancingbanana}      The Ramones on a Saturday night !!!!!!!
 
 


And on a Saturday morning.  Awesome...

msymmes wrote:
{#Dancingbanana}      The Ramones on a Saturday night !!!!!!!
 


A great fun tune from a great fun record! And judging by the activities of the psychiatrists I have been working with in recently - Mr Ramone is certainly not alone in his wish... {#Sleep}
The first song on the fifth CD I ever bought.  : )
{#Dancingbanana}      The Ramones on a Saturday night !!!!!!!
I do too.
 idiot_wind wrote:
For one brief shining moment in 1977 - 1978, these guys saved rock  n roll.
 
Good point.
Musically, no
Fun yes
 
Perfect. Blend of youth, vitality and simplicity. No idea what Joey is singing about, don't care! it just resonates
a classic
 michael_a_k wrote:
Nice, but why does the Ramones' song have so many different names?
 
{#Clap}
You onna roll, William.
I wanna be Sudeikis.