LAURIE ANDERSON lyrics - Stiff Neck

"Stiff Neck"

A while ago, I had this stiff neck. I couldn't get it out of this one position. I went to a doctor and he said: I'm afraid this is no stiff neck-I think we're going to have to operate right away. I couldn't believe it so I went to a few specialists and they all said the same thing-we'll have to operate immediately. So I finally decided to have the operation and right before, the doctor said: Oh, by the way, what kind of insurance do you have? And I said: I don't have any insurance. And he said:
Well, maybe we can wait on this.
By this time I was convinced I really needed to have the operation so I went to one last guy-and the first thing I said when I walked into his office was: Look. I have no money and no insurance. And he said: Show me where it hurts. And I said: Well, it sort of starts in my neck here, and runs down my arm, and kind of crumples up the fingers on this hand. And he said:
Exactly what is it that you do for a living?

United States Live (1984)