Crash Test Dummies

After making up the song “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” inspired by the “Mmm…mmm…mmm…” part of the song “Pride (In The Name of Love)” which I wrote and recorded by U2, I decided to name a band Crash Test Dummies.

The first boy was inspired by the character in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Nancy Thompson (played by Heather Langenkamp), suddenly starts to turn white after Freddie Kruger torments her in her dreams in 1984.

The girl in the song is inspired by being born with birthmarks on my right arm in the shape of a tree and behind my left ear in the shape of a broken heart.  I became aware of others who were born with Port-wine stain such as that visible on the head of Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the most famous individuals with such a birthmark.

The third boy was inspired by a friend who dated a girl who of the Pentecostal belief and witnessed a home meeting of members.

Once there was this kid who
Got into an accident and couldn’t come to school
But when he finally came back
His hair had turned from black into bright white
He said that it was from when
The car had smashed so hard

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Once there was this girl who
Wouldn’t go and change with the girls in the change room
But when they finally made her
They saw birthmarks all over her body
She couldn’t quite explain it
They’d always just been there

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

But both girl and boy were glad
‘Cause one kid had it worse than that
‘Cause then there was this boy whose
Parents made him come directly home right after school
And when they went to their church
They shook and lurched all over the church floor
He couldn’t quite explain it
They’d always just gone there

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

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