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19 February 2010 @ 03:22 pm
Written 20 years ago, still relevant  
A woman came up to me and said, "I'd like to poison your mind
With wrong ideas that appeal to you, though I am not unkind."
She looked at me, I looked at something written across her scalp,
And these are the words that it faintly said as I tried to call for help:

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well
And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time, but I'd rather be whistling in the dark.

A man came up to me and said, "I'd like to change your mind
By hitting it with a rock," he said, "though I am not unkind."
We laughed at his little joke and then I happily walked away
And hit my head on the wall of the jail where the two of us live today.

There's only one thing that I know how to do well
And I've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well
And that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself,
And so I'm having a wonderful time, but I'd rather be whistling in the dark.
 
 
Current Music: TMBG stuck in my head
 
 
 
Hiyoopie on February 19th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
this is one of my fav TMBG songs lol.

LOVE IT!!!
typsietypsie on February 19th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
whistling! WHISTLING! whistling! WHISTLING!

dark! DARK! dark! DARK!
Sandrasandra_e on February 19th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
What's that blue thing...doing here?!?
typsietypsie on February 19th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Something grabbed a hold of my hand
I didn't know what had my hand
But that's when all my troubles began
Sandrasandra_e on February 19th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I don't understand you (I don't understand you)
I just don't understand you (I don't understand you)
I don't understand the things you say
I can't understand a single word
Sandrasandra_e on February 19th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Personally, I prefer:

Not to put too fine a point on it,
Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet,
Make a little birdhouse in your soul...

while you're at it, leave the nightlight on inside the
birdhouse in your soul...
typsietypsie on February 20th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Jason likes that one because it mentions his name (and countless screaming argonauts).
Sandrasandra_e on February 20th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
though my fave, because it's so very cold...

"you're older than you've ever been,
and now you're even older,
and now you're even older,
and how you're even older..."
typsietypsie on February 20th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
It's weird having a band that I like so much... yet I haven't listened to anything they've put out in the last 15 years.
I'll po YOUR lite!algeh on February 20th, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm in pretty much the same position...I was a huge TMBG fan in high school (I got into them originally because my favorite local improv group used to play Apollo 18 over the sound system before they started their show), went to a few of their concerts in college, and I think the most recent album of theirs I have is Severe Tire Damage. I am somehow still on their email list and get notifications of all of their concerts, but it's been over 10 years since I've gone to one. I don't really know why I stopped buying their stuff, except I guess that that's when I got into filk and stopped really buying CDs from stores rather than dealers or shows.
harkalark: cassetteharkalark on February 20th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
The girl I dated in high school who introduced me to TMBG left a guy named Jason to start dating me instead. So we always got a bit of a snicker out of that line.
Sarahskeets on February 20th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Ah, the classics.

I have Tiny Toons (and their "music video" set to Particle Man) to thank for exposing me to TMBG when I was a kid, heh.
typsietypsie on February 20th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I think that's now they got about 90% of their fans.