September 26th, 2002

i'm good!

Human experience as a t-shirt...

For my birthday, my darling friends Zach and Amanda gave me a shirt that is simultaneously cute, funny, sad, and a key part in understanding human nature.

The shirt has a penguin, his wings out, his neck stretched, standing on the tips of his little penguin toes. Underneath it says, "I wish I could fly".

Fittingly enough, between that and the Invader Zim shirt I was given which says, "Someone needs a hug," my day has been summed up.
  • Current Mood
    penguiny
i'm good!

Almost makes me want to shop there...

Leaving work last week, I was walking by American Eagle's doors, and I heard the music playing inside and walked on past. Then I did a double-take. Was that Flaming Lips I was hearing? In the mall? I listened. Yup, it was The Flaming Lips all right. I immediately went into the store and had the following exchange.

Me: Excuse me, I'm sorry, but I have to know who here put this album on.
Unsuspecting sales boy: Uh...it's the company's. They send one to all the stores with a lot of stuff nobody knows on it.
Me: Wow. I just had to ask, because this is off The Flaming Lips new album, and I was just amazed to hear it in here.
USB: Flaming Lips?
Me: Yeah, this is from "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots". One of the best albums of the year. Fantastic music. Well, thank you again. Sorry to disturb you.
USB: Really? Okay. Thanks. (probably relieved I was leaving, but seemed at least a little interested).

This is the song they were playing, and today, I just can't stop listening to it.

The Flaming Lips
Fight Test

I thought I was smart - I thought I was right
I thought it better not to fight - I thought there was a
Virtue in always being cool - so when it came time to
Fight I thought I'll just step aside and that the time would
Prove you wrong and that you would be the fool -

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Light begins it's all a mystery

Oh to fight is to defend if it's not
Now then tell me when would be the time that you would stand up
And be a man - for to lose I could accept but to surrender
I just wept and regretted this moment - oh that I - I
Was the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Light begins it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides what right for his
Own life - it's all a mystery

Cause I'm a man not a boy and there are things
You can't avoid you have to face them when you're not prepared
To face them -
If I could I would but you're with him now it'd do no good
I should have fought him but instead I let him - I let
Him take you -

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Light begins it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides what right for his
Own life - it's all a mystery
  • Current Music
    The Flaming Lips - Fight Test