Gonna Dig Up Alec Guinness

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Gonna Dig Up Alec Guinness
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Artist Lemon Demon
Released 2005
Written by Neil Cicierega
Appears on Damn Skippy
Sung by Neil Cicierega
Duration 3:01
Tempo 80
Genre Rock
Language English
Links: Needlejuice Remaster
Original MP3
Original FLAC
Remastered YouTube

Gonna Dig Up Alec Guinness is the eleventh track on Damn Skippy. Neil spoke about the writing of this song in the album's commentary track:

"I don’t know where I got the idea for this song. I think it was another one where the title popped into my mind and it just sorta had a snowball effect into some weird— and I ended up making this weird satire on nerd obsessive-ness. And the length they’ll go to."

The R2D2 screams in the latter half of the song were performed by Alora Lanzillotta.


Gonna dig up Alec Guinness.
Gonna harvest Obi-Wan.
Gonna put his body on display with his Jedi costume on.
Gonna go down to the highway.
Gonna build myself a sign.
Gonna advertise to everyone, tell ‘em where to form the line.
Gonna build him some bionic robot limbs.
Gonna code an electronic voice for him.
So when the people come to glance him, he’ll be singing songs and dancin’.
All right, all right.
All right.

Gonna dig up Alec Guinness.
Gonna raise him from the dead.
Gonna charge some nerds to swat their toy Lightsabers at his head.
Gonna pull out all the stops now.
Gonna do this, no remorse.
Gonna show them all the meaning of “a great disturbance in the Force.”
Gonna raise him up on wires above the land.
Gonna have him launch some fireworks from his hands.
And if police come knockin’ at my door, he’ll say “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

I just got a letter saying that I better desist.
Some legal mucus.
Seems that Mr. Lucas is pissed.

Whatever happened to fair use?
You know?
Whatever happened to free speech?
Where’d it go?
I’m only using my First Amendment right.
You know I won’t go down without a fight.

Gonna dig up Alec Guinness.
If I can’t, then that’s a shame.
I could dig up Alec Baldwin,
But it wouldn’t be the same.

Live Performances


  • "These aren't the droids you're looking for." and "I felt a great disturbance in the Force." are both quotes from Alec Guinness in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • In the YouTube stream of the 2023 Needlejuice Records remaster of Damn Skippy, this song is misspelled in the visualizer as "Gonna Dig Up Alex Guinness".[1]