“When you’re bad you will feel sad”October 6, 2008 at 10:56 am | Posted in Misc. | 3 Comments
The news Streets album contains some hilariously awful lyrics:
Without any kind of turmoil to deconstruct, friction to rub up against, or confusion to keep him humble, Skinner– a gifted storyteller, when he has a story to tell– reverts to a series of metaphysical parables, all of which are delivered with a from-the-mountaintop richness that belies the paper-thin insights on offer. Take, for example, his deconstruction of sin in “Heaven for the Weather”: “What is this ‘evil’, and who decides this?/ When left to devices, some humans try shit/ This is the reason we should all be tied up?/ We’re just normal people exploring our minds.” The aforementioned “Way of the Dodo”, meanwhile, manages to dramatically lower the bar for environmental calls-to-arms by solemnly informing us– eight times– that “it’s not earth that’s in trouble” but rather “the people that live on it.” Worse still is “Alleged Legends”, a sophomoric takedown of Western religion that’s unintentionally hilariously soundtracked by, er, a sitar. “Some people lead their lives by a little red book,” Skinner raps. “The thinking people are thinking that without this book, without these verses, we’d pillage and murder/ But following this red book word for word could lead you to actually pillage and murder/ Could it be so what we think to be right is simply the opinion that survived?” If you think that’s bad, wait for the chorus: “Do what you think’s right and you will feel alright/ Cause when you’re bad you will feel sad.”
I won’t remind you how many people proclaimed this guy a poet just six years ago.