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Song Name: Triumph of the Will

Artist: DEVO

Appears On: Duty Now For The Future, Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology

Year Released: 1979

Year Performed: Never

Run Time: 2:18

Writing Credits: Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale

Sung By: Gerald V. Casale

Song Connections:

Trivia / Info:

  • This track describes a man’s stated prerogative to pursue a girl despite her resistance as a “triumph” of his will, his desire, over the circumstances. In Devo’s trademark robotic fashion, this situation, the subject of many a popular love song, is described without any emotion, treating romance in a detached, disturbing way. Naming the song for the most famous Nazi propaganda film likely did little to dispel the notion that Devo are somewhat fascistic, a judgment in no way foreign to the group, as this Rolling Stone article discusses.
  • In the Devo Print Archive, Jerry has also said the "triumph" is about a successful anti-fap lifestyle - i.e. it takes a "triumph of the will" to successfully not be a "wanker" but unsuccessfully, the genetic imperative still “cries out”.

Lyrics:

It was a thing I had to do
It was a message from below
It was a messy situation
It was a desire for a girl
I'm not a wanker or a banker
I'm not afraid to take a risk
It is a thing females ask for
When they convey the opposite
Chorus:
Before I die
Before I die
I'll get another piece of pie
I'll get another piece of pie
I'll get another piece of pie
If I have to lie
It was a thing I had to do
It was a message from below
It was a messy situation
It was a triumph of the will
[repeat chorus]
When the well cries out for water
It is a need that must be filled
It goes beyond the law of nature
It takes triumph of the will
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