(How to Sing…) “Dead” by They Might Be Giants

I returned a bag of groceries
accidently taken off the shelf
before the expiration date.
I came back as a bag of groceries
accidently taken off the shelf
before the date stamped on myself.

Did a large procession wave their
Torches as my head fell in the basket,
And was everybody dancing on the casket?

Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want
or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do.

I will never say the word
“Procrastinate” again; I’ll never
see myself in the mirror with my eyes closed

I didn’t apologize for
when I was eight and I made my younger brother
have to be my personal slave.

Did a large procession wave their
torches as my head fell in the basket,
and was everybody dancing on the casket?

Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want
or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do

So I won’t
sit at home
anymore
and you won’t
see my head in
the window
and I won’t
be around
ever anymore
and I’ll be up there on the wall at the store.

I returned a bag of groceries
accidently taken off the shelf
before the expiration date.
I came back as a bag of groceries
accidently taken off the shelf
before the date stamped on myself.

Did a large procession wave their
torches as my head fell in the basket,
and was everybody dancing on the casket?

Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want
or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do.

Now it’s over I’m dead and I haven’t done anything that I want
or, I’m still alive and there’s nothing I want to do.

There’s always a song if you can sing it. It’s simple, as simple as whistling dixie in the dark, or saying boo to a goose egg. Let me teach you – this is how. Say the words to a melody. The record is shiny and will be your guide, but don’t stop there – be creative. Above is but one example of a song to sing – perhaps it is sunny, perhaps you live under a desk, perhaps it is christmas, or you’re at school and far too quiet. This is why we have songs, you see. Perhaps your identical twin Rufus Ha’Penny left you for a curate’s egg, which will rot as he sleeps, without so much as saying boo. There’s always a song if you can sing it.

The Hare regards They Might Be Giants, two music making friends both named John, to be a number 1 source of friendly song-bacteria. He listens to them for Truth and Guidance, amid the demoniacal flux of the universe. And so should you, Rufus. You were never a good kisser.

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