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"Sweet Transvestite" as sung by Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975)

We'll Eat Them When They Turn Off Their Headlights: Digital Art by Shawn Michel de Montaigne

Sweet Transvestite

Tim Curry

Lyrics by Richard O'Brien

Here's the Video


Frank N. Furter:

How do you do, I

See you've met my

Faithful handyman

He's just a little brought down

Because when you knocked

He thought you were the candy man

Don't get strung out by the way I look

Don't judge a book by its cover

I'm not much of a man by the light of day

But by night I'm one hell of a lover

I'm just a sweet transvestite

From Transsexual, Transylvania

Let me show you around

Maybe play you a sound

You look like you're both pretty groovy

Or if you want something visual

That's not too abysmal,

We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie


I'm glad we caught you at home,

Could we use your phone?

We're both in a bit of a hurry.




We'll just say where we are,

Then go back to the car

We don't want to be any worry

Frank N. Furter:

Well you got with a flat, well, how `bout that?

Well, babies, don't you panic

By the light of the night it'll all seem all right

I'll get you a satanic mechanic

I'm just a sweet transvestite

From Transsexual, Transylvania

Why don't you stay for the night? (Night)

Or maybe a bite? (Bite)

I could show you my favourite obsession

I've been making a man

With blond hair and a tan

And he's good for relieving my ... tension

I'm just a sweet transvestite

From Transsexual, Transylvania

I'm just a sweet transvestite. (Sweet transvestite)

Sweet transvestite

From Transsexual, Transylvania

So--come up to the lab,

And see what's on the slab

I see you shiver with anticipation

But maybe the rain

Isn't really to blame.

So I'll remove the cause

But not the symptom


I was 16 when I first saw

The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

As I recall,

I had to fake-ID my way into the theater,

because parents had raised a huge fuss

about the movie, complaining about its

"corrupting influence" on young adults

(or some such horseshit).

I recall being utterly astonished, agog even.

Not just with the film, but the audience too!

In the next two dozen or so times I saw it at the theater,

I joined in with the mayhem.

But I always stopped to watch Tim Curry's

magnetic performance of this song.

I thought that the 70s were an uptight time,

but truthfully, they've got nothing on this time.

It is true, yes, that if Tim Curry were to show

up for the first time in 2022, still young and fit as he is here,

and still dressed in drag,

that far fewer heads would turn in amazement or complain.

That's true.

It's equally true, however, that the hatred

of those who oppose such performances,

such lifestyle choices,

such ways of identifying themselves

has gotten way deeper than back then,

when the ignorance and hate, while certainly not shallow,

didn't do things like arm up and shoot up whole crowds of people,

children especially.

Or threaten civil war.

Or steal Supreme Court seats in order to install

hateful oligarchs intent on wiping out such media,

along with a hundred other things,

including personal rights.

And so on, and so forth.

The hatred remains, and is far more dangerous today than then.

Which makes celebrating this film,

and Mr. Curry and his performance,

that much more important.


Digital Art: We'll Eat Them When They Turn Off Their Headlights by yours truly

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