Lyrics aagh

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love hate thing here with the mp3 experience. wish all mp3s were the highest fidelity (i do 192 kbps, which is pretty low compared to a lot of FLAC / lossless formats).

but beyond the audio experience, the fact that the metadata on all of these files is so incomplete makes me really annoyed. frustrated librarian that i am.

every mp3 file i get as a download from a band, should, ideally, have the artwork attached, lyrics embedded, information about who plays on the song, and if there are liner notes that would also be super welcome.

i am either listening to music on my iPhone at work — which is a lot now we are all consolidated — or on the subway / my commute. so i am constantly within reach of this player that can hold all the metadata. so when i love a track i want to be able to reach for my iPhone and just have all of this right there. and unless i take the time to do that it’s not there.

so that’s what my deal is going to be for all of this music i’m buying in preparation for my fall vacation 2012. track down the lyrics, make sure everything has artwork, and parse the physical CD experience to the max.

at W’10 the most disappointing thing — which i am mad at myself about — is that i was really unfamiliar with a lot of the music i was hearing. and hearing stuff for the first time is always hard. so i promised myself that for this fall i would do my homework / due diligence. (damn, i am starting to sound like an investment banker!)

i found lyrics wiki has a bunch of centro-matic lyrics, but i’m wondering why bands don’t have this up on their websites? is it a publishing / rights issue? hmm.

was just getting all nostalgic for the records of my youth and the lyric sheets and album artwork. one of my favorite lyric sheets was the one from Donovan’s Cosmic Wheels album.

this is the cover

Donovan's Cosmic Wheels - front cover

this is the back

 

and this — very cool — was the inside… which me and my brother and sister of course colored.

but the even cooler thing was the circular (i know!) lyric sheet. it was a lyric sheet on one side…

…and a huge weird pic of Donovan on the other side.

these pictures don’t really convey how freaking HUGE the circular liner notes insert was — it was 4 times the size of the record!

i mean for a record where they had a “dirty” words like shit and shitting, it was really important to have the lyric sheet.¬†actually it made me love the record even more. and me, of the crap memory, know every word on the record.

here’s the video:

The Intergalactic Laxative
Words & Music by: Donovan Leitch – 1973
Performed by: Donovan
Album: Cosmic Wheels – 1973

I was impressed like everyone,
When man began to fly,
Out of earthly regions,
To planets in the sky.
With total media coverage,
We watched the heros land,
As ceremoniously
They disturbed the cosmic sand.

In awe with admiration,
We listened to the talk.
Such pride felt they,
Such joy to be
Upon the moon to walk.
My romantic vision shattered,
When it was explained to me,
Spacemen wear old diapers
In which they shit and pee.

Oh, the intergalactic laxative,
Will get you from here to there.
Relieve you and believe me,
Without a worry or care.
If shitting is your problem,
When you’re out there in the stars,
Oh, the intergalactic laxative
Will get you from here to Mars.

They don’t partake like you and I,
Of beefy burger mush.
Their food is specially prepared
To dissolve into slush.
Absorbed by multi-fibers
In the super diaper suit,
Otherwise the slush would trickle
Down inside the boot.

Oh, the intergalactic laxative,
Will get you from here to there.
Relieve you and believe me,
Without a worry or care.
If shitting is your problem
When you’re out there in the stars,
Oh, the intergalactic laxative
Will get you from here to Mars.

You may well ask now what becomes
Of liquid they consume.
A pipe is led from penis head
To a unit in the room.
The water is recirculated,
Filtered for re-use.
In case of anti-gravity –
Pee gets on the loose.

Oh, the intergalactic laxative,
Will get you from here to there.
Relieve you and believe me,
Without a worry or care.
If shitting is your problem
When you’re out there in the stars,
Oh, the intergalactic laxative
Will get you from here to Mars.

Wherever man has conquered,
On the quest for frontiers new,
(Da da da da)
I’m glad that he’s always had to do
The number one and two.
It makes it all so ordinary,
Just like you and me,
To know the greatest heroes,
They had to shit and pee.

The intergalactic laxative
Will get you from here to there,
For cosmic constipation
There’s none that can compare.
If shitting is your problem
When you’re out there in the stars,
Oh, the intergalactic laxative,
The intergalactic laxative,
The intergalactic laxative,
Will get you from here to Mars.

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