Ferociously Observant

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. -Anon.

Paying Closer Attention 26 September 2007

Filed under: Ponderings,Reviews — ferociouskater @ 4:10 pm

Most of the time when I drive down the road and a song that is mostly unfamiliar comes on my iPod, I skip it. When I’m listening to music in my car I’m mostly looking to sing along, and of course one cannot sing to a song one does not know.

This morning, however, I paused for long enough to catch some of the lyrics to Barenaked Ladies’ “Fun and Games.” Holy crap. What makes the song the most powerful is that it’s an upbeat and happy-sounding song. Here are the lyrics:

We sent in the army
They sounded alarms we
Saw it coming from a mile away.
We kept it off radar
Because we had to say our
Intentions were to save the day.

Why did you fail to see?

It was a gag
It was all for a laugh
And they were shocked and they were awed
and they were blown in half

Fun and games
We’re just pulling legs
We knew this barrel of fun
Would be a powderkeg

We kept it all long-range
and made a regime change
You’d have thought it would have been a gas
But when it got ugly
We sat around smugly
Because you bought our little joke en masse
Don’t look at me that way

It was a gag
It was all for a laugh
We knew your sons and daughters
Would be blown in half

Fun and games
We’re just pulling legs
We knew this barrel of fun
Would be a powderkeg

Put a smile on
We’re the ones that you selected
Leave that dial son
Because we just got re-elected
In a while our
Bill of rights will be rejected

and all the blame will be deflected
the forests will be unprotected
the nation’s poor will be neglected
creation myth is resurrected
a new salute is genuflected
a gallup poll will be respected
gallows pole will be erected
all this will go undetected

While you all slumbered
We sat and crunched numbers
Of all the causalities we could afford
There’s no need to draft them
You could hear us laugh then
The poor and black all need the room and board
Did I say that out loud?

It was a gag
It was all for a laugh
And now our very nation has been blown in half

Fun and games
We’re just pulling legs
We knew this barrel of fun
Would be a powderkeg

If you have $0.99 and five minutes, buy this song. I like to support a band whose social commentary makes me stop and pay attention.

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3 Responses to “Paying Closer Attention”

  1. Amy Says:

    What CD was that from? I do like the lyrics (and I like BNL). 🙂

    Amy

  2. It’s from “Barenaked Ladies Are Men”

  3. Amy Says:

    Sweet… I must’ve missed that part song.

    Thanks!

    Amy


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