My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) (3:54)

Cover of Anthology: Hey Ho, Let's Go! (disc 2)

From Anthology: Hey Ho, Let's Go! (disc 2) and 2 other releases

The song was written primarily by Ramones lead singer Joey Ramone in reaction to U.S. president Ronald Reagan’s visit to a military cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany. Reagan visited the cemetery, where he laid a wreath, and then gave a public address at a nearby air base on May 5, 1985; the visit was part of a trip paying tribute to the victims of Nazism and celebrating West Germany’s revival as a powerful, democratic U.S. ally. [2] The phrase “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” was coined by protesters in the weeks leading up to Reagan’s visit. Reagan starred in the 1951 film “Bedtime for Bonzo”.


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  • DeadKinks

    May not be the Ramones' most typical or even best song, but it's definitly one of the best songs of the 80's. By anyone.

    14 Apr 11:03pm Reply
  • drlarrymitchell

    Poking Johnny over his backwards political leanings yet again... from Howling at the Moon (sha la la): Ships are docking Planes are landing A never ending supply No more narco No more gangster Conservatives can cry I took the law and threw it away Cause there's nothing wrong It's just for play Theres no law, no law anymore I want to steal from the rich and Give to the poor

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ravenpryde

    KaneRobot, Johnny had already stolen Joey's girl long before this song was ever written. So I'd say it was at least a small measure of revenge that Joey wrote a song criticizing Regan and had the devout Reganite play guitar on it.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wrandyvelasquez

    Bake and Destroy

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • u2theedge


    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Elturtle

    So great

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • RedDevil1989

    I'm listening to this song for the first time in ages. I forgot how great it was.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Imba17

    talked about the Reagan visit controversy in Bitburg in History-Class and listened to this song :D <3

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • thefriendlydude


    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • licoricepizza


    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MuscleHorse


    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ClownBehbeh

    My favorite Ramones song. [2] There's something about the snarl in the line "If there's one thing that makes me sick, it's when someone tries to hide behind politics."

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • IndustrialClef

    I fucking love this song <3 Love the lyrics.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • BringtheKY

    My favorite Ramones song. The Ramones weren't often political, but when Joey took the songwriting reins-- that's what it is all about. By far my favorite Ramone.

    4 Jul 2011 Reply
  • pacopena


    3 May 2011 Reply
  • lee-olphert

    Absolutely underated, anyone posting here knows their stuff

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • leviw94

    Their most underrated song [1] Their best song, in my opinion.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • waStedLiFe77

    i loved this song before i discovered what it was about. love it more since.

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ROMaster2

    Their most underrated song

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Giga-man

    It's their best song, hands down. Powerful lyrics, super catchy. 10/10

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
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